After another long flight, we finally arrived in South Africa. I was definitely ready to stretch.
Want to see more photos? Check out my video on this trip.
I woke up pretty early on the plane and managed to catch the sunrise out of my window. I got to watch not only the sun rise above the clouds but the progress as it burnt them off. I can’t remember ever catching this before so I took a bunch of photos.
I did learn a lesson from this trip, I need to carry water pills with me. After I stopped admiring the view, I looked down and my poor feet were about doubled in size. Lucky for me my sister in law has the same issue and knew just what to do for me.
Directly after landing we went to my brother-in-law’s house for showers. We then went to the V & A Waterfront Market. This is a large shopping center that is set up like a strip mall but on a much larger scale. This lovely bench is the first thing I saw. Designed by a group of young college women and built completely by hand, this displays the message “Strong Women”. It is surprisingly comfortable too.
Another thing I saw straight off is the image in my header on this blog (the large Ferris wheel). The view from up there was amazing and the photo I took has become one of my favorite personal captures of all time.
I was pretty hungry so we went to a cafe called Quay Four. You have the option to dine in the cafe or on the patio. We chose the patio for the view. The deck is built over the Cape Town harbor area. The boats docked there are all themed water tours, each one with a unique design, including a pirate ship.
The food was amazing! Fresh prawns and calamari with chips. The service was also incredible, so much so that I gave him a higher end US tip of 20%. I was quickly cut off and told that a “good tip” in South Africa is 8% and I just gave him a weeks salary. Needless to say, I had some culture shock. My husband grew up here but this was my first time in a country whose economy was so different from ours here in America.
The rest of the day was spent shopping and seeing all the things I want to bring home. That reminds me, I have a tip for shopping internationally that I found wonderful. I like to say that “I don’t like to shop”, I am not sure who I am trying to convince but I LOVE TO SHOP! I knew I was going to buy a lot of things over these two weeks, so I packed bare essentials in my carry on items. We then took empty large suitcases with us and filled them up along the journey. That way you are not pressed for storage and don’t have to worry too much about going overweight regulations.