Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Cape Town Day 1
Arriving at the airport in Cape Town, Emily was a sight for sore eyes. She was there with her friend Topher who had been visiting and was flying out later in the afternoon. Em and I headed for the parking lot and I met her 1992 Honda Ballade, a very nice little brown car that purrs like a kitten. We discussed learning to drive on the right as Em expertly navigated us onto the highway and on towards Cape Town. We discussed her studies, politics and the social situation in South Africa, family, and a number of other things on the way to her apartment. After dropping of my luggage and me taking a much needed shower, we went to get lunch at a little café in town and discussed our academic pursuits and career plans. It was a beautiful day so we set off into town to explore a bit. We stopped by St. George's Cathedral (Church of South Africa) to find out when the service for the feast of Corpus Christi the next day would be held and walked through the city gardens that are flanked by the library, the parliament, other government buildings, and several museums. We got back in the car and took a drive down the western side of the Cape a bit to Llundadno where we hiked out onto the rocks, watched the surfers and looked back on Devil's Peak, Table Mountain, and the Twelve Apostles. After dinner we were both beat and so headed home to bed. I got one of the best night's sleep I've ever had!