South Africa

Cape Town

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

Cape Town

After Shengani dropped us off at the Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint, we began the tedious, but important process of cleaning up, and putting ourselves together aesthetically. While Greenpoint is not quite the center of Cape Town, it was a great location for going on runs along the water and its proximity to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront was very useful. I know for the finicky readers, what I just said is equivalent to appreciating being close to Times Square in New York (which makes me shudder), but hey, I was a tourist and standards were low! Sadly Yus and I had only three days in Cape...

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Wine Tasting in Western Cape

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

Wine Tasting in Western Cape

The first thing we did in Cape Town, after reveling in the luxury of beds, linens, wifi, and malls (MALLS!!!) was go on a wine tasting tour obviously. Sparky from Highlanders set everything up for us, and for 500ZAR we had transport, tastings at 4 wineries (one that also included a cheese degustation), and lunch (with more vino, of course). In general, South Africa is known to grow chenin blanc as its main white varietal, although sauvignon blanc and others are also produced. As for reds, the Bourdeaux blends and the South Africa’s signature varietal, Pinotage (combination of pinot...

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South Africa: Orange River and Cederberg

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

South Africa: Orange River and Cederberg

Only two sleeps separated us from the end of the tour in Cape Town and the mood became bittersweet. We’d gotten so used to putting up and taking down tents, our chores, and naps in the truck that the idea of not having all that became foreign. Before we would have to say our goodbyes, we still had one night at Orange River and one in Cederberg. Our first night in South Africa was on the bank of Orange River. We had the afternoon to relax, so some of us went swimming in the river, some kayaked, and others chilled in the shade–it was a scorching day. Most of the campsites after...

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Johannesburg -> Addis Ababa -> Nairobi

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

Johannesburg -> Addis Ababa -> Nairobi

Although technically unrelated, the three cities were transit stops for us. We flew to Johannesburg from Buenos Aires and had a day layover. Yus and I did a quick tour of the township of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. Soweto, home to 4 million people has everything from squatter camps to middle class streets lined with trees and expensive cars. It was the home to Nelson Mandela for a long time and the place where the roots of rebellion against the system of Apartheid sprouted. The museum is huge, so if you’re into reading a lot and learning, budget extra time for it. Although not...

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