Baie Mooi

lesson learned: even if you’re just studying, wear sunblock when in Africa.
lesson learned: even if you’re just studying, wear sunblock when in Africa.

The South African Natural History museum was a great time; I definitely didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. I probably loved it because, it may or may not, have been geared towards kids. :) Saturday night we had dinner at Mama Africa (right across from our hostel), I had Kudu steak and rice, sooo good! We didn’t make it out, after our spectacular dinner we slipped into food comas. 

A couple weeks ago my friends and I were on our usual Tuesday date at Tastebud (a delicious little restaurant/coffee shop) and we realized we only had 3 weekends in Stellenbosch left, so we decided we better start planning, we have a lot of things to get in.  We want to climb Table Mountain, my friend wanted a tattoo, we want to make it to the top of Stellenbosch Mountain, we still have museums to see, and we still haven’t gone out on Long Street.  So we decided Cape Town is where we should start. We got into Cape Town on Saturday and stayed at the Long Street backpackers (no excuse not to go out, its smack in the middle).  After a quaint lunch in the Company’s Garden, we check into the backpackers and headed to the tattoo shop.  The tattoo turned out great and only took a few minutes then we were off to the South African Natural History Museum, then dinner at Mama Africa. The next day we started off bright and early at the Irish pub, 8 am. Not to drink, no worries, we went to watch rugby, however South Africa lost :(. Then went to the South African Jewish Museum, The Holocaust museum and the Art museum (which wouldn’t let me take pictures. Grrr.)

Just realized I haven’t really posted much since garden route. Whoops. Ok sooo since garden route we haven’t been on many excursions with the group, but we did go to the Hermanus Whale Festival.  Basically it’s mating time for whales and they like shallow warmish water to do this in and Hermanus has that yayy! Also they like to scratch their backs on rocks witch Hermanus has too.  This makes for excellent whale watching this time of year. (hence the whale festival)  It was really hard to get pictures of them, well because whales live underwater. But I got a few annnd we got to see some dassies which have alluded us thus far, we’ve had our eye out since Cederberg. Dassies are big rat/squirrel/ ball looking things. I’ll just post a picture, it will be easier.  Anyways they live in the cracks of rocks on mountains and such; apparently they live in Hermanus too!  We got up close and personal with then, probably not a good idea, but TIA right?

My Uncle and Aunt just had their first baby! :D Anna Jean

My Uncle and Aunt just had their first baby! :D Anna Jean

ready to watch some rugby! :)

ready to watch some rugby! :)

Yay for university sweatshirts!

Yay for university sweatshirts!

The rest of Wednesday.

Wednesday we went shopping again, surprise, surprise! The we walked around town until lunch, we ate at L in M Taste of Mozambique, I didn’t realize Mozambique had such spicy food. Or that wine is not a good thing to cool off a hot mouth. It was still great though.

After lunch we went to see the monkeys! They were so cute. They were also really hard to photograph because they moved so much, but I’ve included some pictures anyway.

After we met the monkeys we met the kitties. Maybe that the wrong word for some of them, like the cheetah and leopard, but it fits well for some of the others. I didn’t realize how small wild cats could be, one was no bigger than a full grown house cat. The leopard however? Scary.  It was dinner time (really?!) when we go to see him. We got to watch him eat, and attack a guy that was leaning on the fence. No joke, it jumped on the fence and I don’t know if I’ve seen a grown man move that fast in a while. The guide just shook his head and said, “I told you so.” Soon after that he decided to take us in the fenced in area with some baby cheetahs, it was really nervous making because we were standing in the middle of the cage while they were allowed to roam free. Soon they started wrestling and Molly and I started to inch toward the door, we looked at each other and realized we were thinking the same thing. We were not about to get eaten by anything less than a full grown cheetah. What kind of story would that be if we were eaten by a baby cheetah?

After a little bit of rest Mama took us out for our last Garden Route dinner, at Enrico’s and Italian restaurant right on the ocean.

Thursday we headed home, back to stellies! Mama couldn’t resist making a stop on the way home though, she felt we couldn’t leave Africa without making paper. Out of elephant poo?! It wasn’t that gross though, I imagined us smooshing elephant dung into sheets of paper. Turns out the poo is sanitized, dissolved with shredded computer paper, then they just dip trays into the mixture and voilà!  You have elephant poo paper. Then we were off, on our way back to the real world (well not really), homework and papers. 

I already posted about Tuesday, it was bungee jumping! Mama had a first, every single one of us jumped off that bridge and she’s never had that before. It was cool to be there with these people I’ve only known for two months, supporting each other. It was like we’ve known each other for years! My favorite part of the whole experience was when Amanda, the first person to go, got back up on the bridge ran and jumped on/hugged Angelo. When it was my turn I was terrified, and crying, but as soon as I got off the bridge and opened my eyes I realized why people do crazy stuff like bungee jumping. It was so calm, all I heard was the wind and all I saw was the beautiful view. I was super surprised at how quiet it was, they had music pumping on the bridge but I couldn’t hear anything but my own thoughts. It was perfect, and like I said before I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

After bungee jumping we were off to our new accommodation. Beautiful. The owners had a cute little boy who wanted to play with us so much, they also had a dog that was ready to play. It was so fun playing ball with the little boy and his dog. The little boy also introduced me to his pet dragon (his jungle gym) and showed me the proper way to get on and off. By dinner time we had killed 7 bad dragons and I was pooped. Dinner was again delicious. Our beds were also VERY welcome after the day we had.