Hi! Look at this – my favourite day of the week is back! It’s Travel Tuesday!
Last week I started my South African Series and this week, I pick up exactly where we left off, at the moment when I was about to land in Cape Town.
We landed, and after stopping by the bathroom to brush my teeth (thank you 24-hour trip), I passed the custom, assured them I was leaving a couple weeks later, grabbed my luggage and exited into the warm air of early October. My person, T, arrived running a few seconds later. So many emotions! In movies, they show a lot of couples reunited, running in slow motion towards each other, well that also goes for friends, I can tell you! It was also so strange to see her in South Africa. Our friendship had become so associated with Scotland that it was weird to have displaced it!
We drove to her home where we joined her family. I had previously met them all on their different trips to St Andrews so it was fun to come and already know everyone. I felt welcome and in good hands right away. I seriously couldn’t have fell into a better family!
Not going to lie the fist day (or perhaps the first week…or perhaps the entire trip) I had T walk in to the room to make sure there were no rain spiders. It was basically the thing I was most apprehensive about! And after that tour, that took a little longer than expected because of my phobia, I crashed for a well-deserved horizontal nap. Later that night, we had a nice dinner and then chatted away, catching up on the last few weeks we had been apart.
The next day is where the actual fun began – and by fun, I really mean exploring! We headed out into Cape Town. The drive into the city centre was amazing – getting a great view of the iconic Table Mountain and arriving at the Waterfront. It was so beautiful! It was a bit windy, and early October means it is Spring and therefore changing weather, so it felt a bit fresh, but the warm sun was still much appreciated after a year in Scotland!
We parked near the Aquarium (which we would later visit) and walked into the fabulous V&A Waterfront – and yes V&A also does stand for Victoria and Albert! As you walk through, you get bombarded by people with their boats, and their special cruises, etc.
There are so many different ways to explore the waterfront: there are bicycle to rent, you can go on a cruise around the bay, or even on a helicopter ride. I believe it is also through the V&A that you can boat to Robben Island to go visit the island and its museum. It’s all really depending on your budget and your interests. We decided to simply walk – especially for my first day in town!
And later, we met one of her friends for sushi at Sevruga – which is by far one of the best sushi restaurants I’ve been to in my life, and, with the exchange rate, cheapest as well!
All in all a fabulous first day, I would say! And the V&A Waterfront is a must-see/experience in Cape Town!
Do you have great reunions with your friends?xx