Whoa, guys. Apologies for my absence, but I have spent the last week writing the first of three papers I have due in the next two weeks. At least this is much more pleasant than paper writing.
So, on our last day in Cape Town, which was a Saturday, we got up early and met Georgie in town at the Neighbourgoods Market which is held at the Old Biscuit Mill in town close to the waterfront. The market was amazing. There are two components to the market, basically clothing, jewelry, antiques, handmade goods, etc. And then there’s the FOOD. The amount of stands that were set up for food and beverage were astounding, and everything looked amazing.
The first thing we did was grab a cocktail. Jacob went with a locally brewed beer, Georgie had a mojito and I had a strawberry mule, which was basically a strawberry mojito with ginger beer. We then walked around the clothing and jewelry area of the market. This part had a lot of local designers, which was great to see. Sadly, everything was far out of my budget so I did not purchase anything. In fact, clothing in general in South Africa is super expensive. There’s no equivalent to our Forever 21 or H&M, which is probably a good thing, since my suitcase was already pretty full when I came over here.
After we were done with this, it was definitely time to move onto food. We stopped at an organic chocolate shop, and while Jacob bought dark chocolate bars (definitely not my favorite) I opted for candies and truffles. I could seriously eat 2 pounds of chocolate candy in one sitting. I’m pretty sure I have at one point or another. My favorite from their collection was one that they hadn’t named yet, but it tasted exactly like a pancake wrapped in chocolate. I was lucky I only bought one, I would have eaten those for days. We then did a loop of the food market to decide what to eat. It is gigantic. The variety was amazing. On offer were breads and pastries, meats and cheeses, sandwiches, crepes, belgian waffles, omelets, pizzas, flatbreads, curries, chinese food, sausages, indian food, smoothies…and even New York bagels. I didn’t try one, but to be perfectly honest they didn’t look quite right. But it’s hard to get bagels like they are in New York. I can’t wait to shove one in my face when I get back.
Georgie got a sandwich and Jacob and I got a crepe and a belgian waffle. I ordered a waffle that had bacon and maple syrup on it, and the woman making them said, “Sweet and savory…that’s very American you know.” I think I know something about it, Ma’am. Definitely made me chuckle. Jacob and I then loaded up on supplies for our next activity of the day, which was a 4 hour whale watching trip. We got sandwiches, bread and cheese and some sweets, including some of the most delicious macarons I’ve ever had.
We said goodbye to Georgie and headed down to the V & A Waterfront to embark on our whale watching adventure. We were on a nice big boat which offered lots of room for relaxation. I think I love being on boats more than I love being on land, so it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. We also got to see amazing views of Capetown and the north coast from the water. Sadly, we didn’t end up seeing any whales, but we did see dolphins! I’ve never seen dolphins in the wild so it was very exciting for me.
We ended the day with a sundowner in Camps Bay, right on the beach at a bar call the Sandbar. We enjoyed fancy cocktails while watching the sun go down along with the people on the beach, and it was a perfect way to end our vacation. It’s true that a sunset in Cape Town is unlike any other, and the sun setting perfectly over the water was an amazing sight to see.