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Pterodactyl Poop

We turned in our beloved car this morning and had about a mile to walk to get back to our apartment. We were looking forward to the exercise and planning to stop part way back for a late breakfast at Jason's Bakery. Not even one block into our long city stroll we were splattered with a blast of toxic goo. Really, a pterodactyl is the only plausible explanation for that amount of disgusting waste to fall from the sky. In my hair, down my back, in my purse, on both of our faces...it was nauseating. We burned through the packet of hand wipes I had in my purse, but just couldn't think of going to eat. So back to the apartment for showers and another load of laundry. And I do not want one single comment about how getting pooped on by a bird is supposed to be "lucky"!

Posted by Pelham Family 01:43 Archived in South Africa Comments (3)

Penguins on the beach!

Today is the last day we will have our rental car. Driving ourselves has been the absolute best way to do this trip. Just a quick observation as we get ready to say good-bye to our trusty Toyota: 98% of the cars in South Africa are white. Seriously, you see 100 cars in a parking lot and 98 of them are white and the other two are most likely silver. Also, pretty much every other car is approximately the same size and shape as our rental, so a mall parking lot is quite a challenge!

We drove to Boulders Beach today, just outside Cape Town, to check out the local penguin population. It was an outstanding little trip! It was so cool to see a nesting colony of penguins just hanging out on their beach. We watched them swim, waddle around on the beach, sit on eggs in their nests under the bushes, and take care of fuzzy babies. Loved it!

When we drove back to Cape Town we had a very serious mission: find Mexican food. We had looked it up the other day and discovered several Mexican restaurants in the city, but of course we are pretty skeptical when it comes to finding real Mexican food in other parts of the world. Pizza is easy, burgers are everywhere, but guacamole and tacos always elude us. Success! We found El Burro restaurant and had pineapple agua frescas, pork carnitas, enchiladas, guacamole, and churros with chocolate sauce - all of it was (almost) perfect!

Side note...check out the photo gallery if you want to see a spider that sent Baylie into a full attack of her arachnophobia. She has a lingering fear of South African spiders since she still has a scar from a bite from one here in 2014.
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Posted by Pelham Family 08:17 Archived in South Africa Comments (1)

City Living

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the little apartment we are renting in Cape Town. Except...it's not a lovely, cozy B&B with a super nice host, a big bath tub to soak in, and someone to make me breakfast in the morning. I think perhaps I was getting a little spoiled by all the nice little touches in each of the places we stayed while on our road-trip portion of this trip. This apartment is definitely in the heart of a big city, and with that comes a lot of city noise at night. Including drunk people yelling at each other at 3:00 AM. Earplugs are definitely a must-have travel accessory.

Yesterday we walked to a nearby bakery and had the recommended "doughssant" - doughnut/croissant hybrid. It was filled with lemon cream, topped with raspberry sauce, and might be the single best pastry I have ever eaten in my life! We also took the Red Bus city tour, rode the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, and walked around the beautiful shopping and restaurant area of the Victoria & Alfred waterfront. Today we are doing laundry. You just never know what exciting things await from day to day when you travel!
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Posted by Pelham Family 01:02 Archived in South Africa Comments (2)

Hello, Cape Town!

Or...aaaaggghh! WTH is this traffic?!

We made it to our little apartment in the middle of downtown Cape Town, and it is very nice and secure with a stunning view of the city and Table Mountain - just as advertised. But OMG the traffic caught me off guard after all the easy, peaceful driving we have been doing. We just suddenly found ourselves in a crazy-busy city with a bunch of one-way streets and our navigation app couldn't quite keep up with where we were. At one point we made a detour through the city bus station in the middle of all the buses - people looked at us like we were from some other planet. Baylie advised me, "Don't look lost! Just look like you know where you're going!" Generally very sound travel safety advice...but in this situation I'm pretty sure it was obvious to every person that we were not in the middle of the sea of buses on purpose! We are definitely in the middle of vibrant neighborhood with a lot to offer, but all of that will have to wait until tomorrow.

We made a nice lunch stop about 3 hours into our drive in a town called Hermanus. They are known for having amazing whale watching from the shore. We didn't get to do the whale watching boat ride in Mossel Bay because of bad weather, so we thought we might see a few whales off shore in Hermanus. No luck, but lunch was great. We sat at an outside patio restaurant even though it was pretty cold; the waitress brought us blankets so we could bundle up :) The waves were beautiful!
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Posted by Pelham Family 09:52 Archived in South Africa Comments (3)

Our Perfect Streak Continues!

We are the masters of finding the best places to stay

We had originally planned to be in beach towns for the last several days, but decided to change our route due to the wildfires that caused so much destruction to several of the little towns. But today we headed for Mossel Bay and found a gorgeous neighborhood called Dana Bay (or Danabaai as all the road signs said). The Lilies and Leopards Bed & Breakfast has the most beautiful view of the ocean and our room has an excellent balcony and it's own little kitchen. We immediately went to a grocery store and got stuff for spaghetti. We were determined to sit on our balcony and have dinner, even though it is freezing here! Sorry Bakersfield, I know you are all melting right now!

Our fabulous host here arranged a spot for us tomorrow on a whale watching boat, even though the whales have apparently been pretty scarce so far. This is normally the start of whale season and this is THE place to be to see a bunch of different species, but I guess they are late coming in this year. I'm looking forward to it, but I think I might need to wear everything I have in my suitcase!
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Posted by Pelham Family 09:00 Archived in South Africa Comments (4)

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