Since it's been such a long time, I'm going back in time quite a ways to give you my days between September 20th and September 24th! Feel free to scroll down to the end of the post to see all the photos if you don't want to read through all the details!
On the 20th, I travelled with a wonderful UK resident, Vivien, to visit fellow YASCer, Keri, in Hawston, Western Cape. We planned on staying for a long weekend so we packed our bags, drove up the R43 and arrived in Hawston just under two hours later. We moved our things into our rooms (Keri lives in an old children's home so there were enough rooms for us to each have our own with beds galore inside.) We decided to drive into Hermanus, a nearby town, for dinner and drinks and were treated to listening in on the conversation of a lovely group of American college students at the table next door. While Keri and I were excited to hear our own accents, I quickly decided that I didn't want other people listening in because these Americans gave the rest of us a bad reputation. Remember, world, the college students of America are not like the rest of the grown up Americans! We get more respectful and less entitled as we grow up!
It was a fantastic last day in Hawston and the end to a marvelous trip. The next day we just hung out at Keri's for the morning and after a final walk along the beach, drove back to Cape Town.
But the long weekend still wasn't over! September 24th is Heritage Day in South Africa and although I asked many people what the holiday was celebrating, I never really got a straight answer. It seems to be more of a holiday that is an excuse to braai. And what is braai-ing you might ask? Braai is basically a word similar to our American "grill" and "BBQ". You attend braais on big holidays and you braai meat on the braai! So on the 24th, Heritage Day, or Braai Day as they call it lovingly, Vivien and I left Keri's early enough for me to make it back to Anhouse in time for my very first South African braai. I was having too much fun to take pictures, but it was a lovely few hours. We all contributed R and were rewarded with delicious food and fun conversation! I started to learn the many different languages spoken by the people I've been living with. They are from all over Southern Africa and therefore all have different native languages that they've grown up speaking in addition to English. I'm so excited to live and work with so many different people from all over Africa. The languages and cultures that I'm exposed to are all so different from each other and I'm getting a real idea for the incredible differences that span this massive continent.
I'll stop talking now so you can get to the pictures! Check out my long weekend of Wine, Whales, and Wings!
|The wonderful shop owner and her children. I bought a pretty great souvenir from this woman!|
|Some pieces also in her shop. These elephants are beautiful!|
|So much jewelry at the craft market! This was just one section of one stand.|
|This little guy kept yelling and almost kicking me head while Keri and I sat here. |
I faked getting a picture of her so that you could all see the little rascal.
|What is that? A whale made out of soda cans for the Whale Festival!|
|One of the views of the bay where the whales are easily visible.|
|Mr. Whale Crier and I! That horn was starting to get annoying by the end of the day.|
|The best picture of a whale I can get. If you're interested, I also have a lot of shots of |
some disturbances in the water as well as water that looks perfectly calm even
though a whale had just breached only moments before!
|The lovely Vivien Shah from the UK.|
|I have to get pictures of me in there sometimes!|
|Vivien and Keri at the beach right down the road from Keri's home in Hawston.|
|Vivien captured the two Americans bonding over America as the sun went down.|
|Keri and Vivien chatted all things nursing in this shelter on the beach.|
|This couple walked past. Maybe I'll take my future partner back to this very beach |
and reenact it! I'll start saving right now and make it happen!
|I ended up hiking along this coast two days later, although the lone house is still unexplained.|
|Footprints in the sand have also meant something to me!|
|This beached jellyfish was being attacked by sea slugs. I'm sure there's something negative |
to be found here, but all of that sea nature is so beautiful to me so I had to capture the moment!
|Our wine tasting the next day began at Whalehaven Winery in the Hemel en Aarde valley.|
|It was their opening day so they gave us a free wine tasting with chocolates and jams to pair with the wines!|
|The next winery, La Vierge, had spectacular views of the vineyards nearby!|
|I loved this statue outside the winery entrance.|
|The winery entrance at La Vierge.|
|A few pictures from my walk along the coast. Keri runs this route regularly with the social |
worker at OCC. Both ladies were gracious enough to introduce me to this local wonder.
|I want to find out what this bird is. Looks like some sort of crane to me, so of course I thought |
of Nebraska when I saw him!
|On our last morning at Keri's, Keri and Vivien went for a run along the beach. |
They weren't the only ones who decided the beach was the place to be that morning!
|Instead of running, I got a little artsy.|
|That seaweed and ocean plants makes the beach even more beautiful.|
|The sand dunes look unreal! And the mist in front of the mountains in the background is spectacular.|
|We found beer!|
|The loo with a view at La Vierge.|
|More beer! This spot, Gecko Bar, became one of our favorites.|