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Cape Town area- Living in the lap of luxury

good wine, excellent food, and a real bed that is not a tent- ooh! and sunny weather too!

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Since our last posting, things have improved. The weather changed from mostly rainy to mostly sunny, and due to circumstances beyond our control (like staying in big cities) we have been enjoying private rooms with double bed as opposed to our tent. For the most part at least. We are currently in Cape Town, which is just beautiful. And there is so much to do! Starting from the beginning, with pictures...

We spent a couple days in a small town called Mossel Bay, which is on the famous South Africa Garden Route (which, in keeping with a common theme, reminded us a lot of California coast). This is just a nice shot we took of the ocean in Mossel Bay:

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Then we were off to a college town called Stellenbosch, about 30 km outside Cape Town, which is also very well known for it's wine. So we went on a wine tour! The wine tour was a blast, it is a revelation to go wine tasting when someone else is driving (even tho he may have had a glass or two himself, hmmmm). The area was beautiful. Picture Napa meets Tahoe. That is Stellenbosch. And the wine was excellent, on par with anything we have had in California (and we have been enjoying this wine our whole trip actually, as it costs equivalent $3 US for a nice bottle !!!) Here is our wine trip, documented from beginning (nice in focus pics) to end (holding camera up and taking blurry picture of selves)

Tasting outside-stylie
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Raminder blowing our budget on yummies (cheese and chutneys and bread... mmmm...)
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AFTER we have our 26 non-poured-back tastings (BTW, why would you pour your wine out??? But people DID!)
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(Has anyone else noticed Raminder gets this half lidded about to fall asleep look when he drinks??)

Cool. So that was the wine tour, and we were DONE drinking wine for AWHILE. Until the next day! We rented bikes, and biked to this great nature reserve where we had an amazing picnic (the food R blew our budget on the day before was very very worth it), and then we peddled over to two more wineries on the way back to our hostel. The pictures follow...

"Pimp"nicking in the Park
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Biking under the 'Rocky Mountains" Cape Town style
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Napa would be envious... (but we still love CA best!!)
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Raminder the wine conniseur... obviously
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So... then we moved on to Cape Town. We both really love this city. The Indian (warmer) ocean meets the Atlantic (very cold but Raminder still got in to surf for 20 minutes, giving a new definition to the term "shrinkage" I think) ocean. The city has what seems like a really fun night life, the restaurants are good, the vibe is laid back, and the weather has been sunny. While we were here, we caught up on boring stuff like visas for our next countries, but we also went and checked out the boat harbor to see about hopping on a sailboat for either a short or or long ride. We were super lucky and were invited to join the club on their racing night, and were placed on a 54 foot yacht as "crew". This crew placement was based on all of our ocean yacht experience (ahem, or maybe just a sunfish on Lake Ontario). But the people were very nice, and allowed for our incompetence, and we had a wonderful time. The other cool thing about Cape Town: there are penguins! We saw our first penguins when we were sailing, then made a trip down to Boulder Beach in Simon's Town where there were loads of them. Photo exhibit follows:

Some of my new South African friends (should I invite them to Facebook?)
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"You talkin' to ME?"
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The boys hangout
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Another "pimpnick" (is this Tahoe by the sea???)
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Who's the hunk??
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Okay, that is just about it. We are leaving for Namibia tomorrow, but have very much loved our trip to South Africa. Even though they need to have special flags to tell you who your swimming companions are...

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Posted by thea-min 08:40 Archived in South Africa

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You guys rock -- thanks for adding these pics -- it makes such a difference -- I almost forgot how hot you are (both of you, of course)

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