Touchdown Cape Town
I arrived in Cape Town at around ten o’clock Monday night after traveling since four in the morning. A man called Domingo was waiting for me in the arrival hall with my name on display. I felt very special! Someone in South Africa already knew my name. We went outside to find the car. It was RAIN in the air and pretty damn cold!!! WTF?! I didn’t feel so special anymore.
Anyway, I was pretty exhausted after the long journey so when I finally got to the hostel I was ready to go straight to bed. That didn’t happen. My hostel, Once in Cape Town, have two bars. Most importantly: One at the rooftop. On my way to my room the manager placed a beer in my hand, and the choice between; going to sleep in my bunk bed in a dorm or doing what I do best – enjoy life with a cold alcoholic beverage, was easy.
We had one beer at the hostel and then they wanted to show me one of the most famous streets in the city: Long Street.
It’s known as a bohemian hang out and the street is lined with several bars, restaurants and hostels. The popular strip attracts a large crowd of students, tourists and locals. And also a lot of crime. Cape Town is a dangerous city, no doubt about that! I think that really sunk in when we were leaving the hostel and got an armed security guard to follow us – even when it only took us a few blocks to get to Long Street.… I have to say that felt a little bit strange – and scary. I’ve traveled so many places earlier, but never experienced something like that before.
We went to a bar called Beerhouse which was really nice, with a big outdoor balcony and 99 different bottled beers from 13 countries. I had a Budweiser! Light!
Got home again just before 1 am and fell happily asleep knowing I would have a couple of new Facebook friends in the morning.
Today the sun’s been smiling at me all day long, so I’ve been wandering around in my new neighborhood. It’s supposed to be safe at daytime and I didn’t experience anything that suggested differently. I got my self a South African sim-card and phone number. Wiiiiiii!! Almost feel like a local now! And then I took an uber (suuuper cheap – didn’t even pay three dollars for a ride that took 25 min) to the V&A Waterfront.
The V&A Waterfront is situated in the heart of Cape Town by the Atlantic shore, and with famous Table Mountain as a beautiful backdrop. It has amazing shopping in all price ranges, more than 80 restaurants, food markets, museums, a harbor with cruise boats and rides to i.e Robben Island and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and much much more.
I went here for a different reason. To meet a friend from Los Angeles who happens to be in Cape Town at a work trip – exactly at the same time as me. Haha! First day in this giant city and I already bump into people I know. And yes, if you absolutely have to know, we did enjoy a couple of beers – in the sun – by the sea.
When I got back to my hostel I finally met my three other room mates. One lady who is around 100, pretty close to my age, and two young German girls that I’m almost certain I’ve seen in a very well written movie at RTL+ a few years ago.
Now I have to get some food and socialize. Thanks for checking in on my blog :)
If you think I suck writing English, I think you suck too – so then we’re even!
Ok, bye :)