Flippy and Hambone in Cape Town

The day after the township tour, I met up with my friend Patrick, who I met last year in Botswana and who now lives in Cape Town. We had lots of catching up to do, so we went for about a four-hour walk, starting in the center of the city (which I’m proud to say I’ve kind of learned my way around).

We made our first stop at the V&A Waterfront, which is a working port surrounded by a mall and a lot of restaurants. Basically, it’s Cape Town’s version of South Street Seaport, but more upscale, and with mountains in the background.

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After wandering around the Waterfront for a while, we visited the stadium where Cape Town held the World Cup in 2010. It was closed, but we walked around it and peeked inside.

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Next, we walked north along the water into Blaauwberg, yet another beach neighborhood near the city. Despite its confusing use of vowels (blame the Dutch), Blaauwberg was the highlight of our walk, because we (fine, Patrick — I’m not that observant) spotted dolphins in the ocean, pretty near the shore, and we stopped to watch them for a while. Yes, I’ve seen dolphins at Sea World before, but it was really exciting to see them in a natural habitat (especially unexpectedly!) and I did not get tired of seeing them jump in and out of the water. We didn’t move on until they swam further out in to the ocean.

I made very serious efforts to take photos of the dolphins, but it was pretty much a failure. They would only jump out of the water every couple of minutes, and they wouldn’t always be in the same place — so by the time I could get the camera on them, they’d be gone. I tried to spend some time focusing my camera in certain spots that they were frequenting, but then they’d jump up somewhere else and I would miss it, so I finally gave up. I decided that I’d rather enjoy watching them than miss out on lots of dolphin-watching in exchange for one good photo (I feel like there’s a life lesson in there somewhere, but I’m not wise enough to figure out exactly what it is). These photos are the closest that I got to capturing the dolphins. And using the magic of the ipad, I’ve used a dolphin stamp as a pointer to show you where the tiny dolphin fins and tails are! I realize that all that the dolphin stamp accomplishes is to highlight how tiny and non-dolphiny the actual dolphin parts look, but I really had fun i-stamping them onto these photos, so you’re going to have to look at them anyway.

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As you can sort-of-see above, there were three high-jumping dolphins that were really fun to watch. Patrick named one Flipper. I named the others Flippy and Hambone, in honor of Jack Handey.

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5 thoughts on “Flippy and Hambone in Cape Town

  1. Another fabulous post – honestly, I feel like I’m with you and really want to get to Africa… Capetown seems so beautiful.
    I love that you are having such fun enjoying these wonderful sights… keep it up.

    xxoo Mom

  2. Hi Elana: I hope it’s okay with you a)that I am reading your blog—-I am a colleague and friend of your Dad’s and he passed it on to me to view, and b) that I am sending you a reply here. My partner Ed and I were in Capetown before a ten day cruise up the east coast of Africa—and we absolutely loved it. I was so completely captivated by the city, the people, the history, and more. It’s ironic—because my own Dad had a particular love of the city and the country and I never quite undertstood it until we visited there. We saw virtually everything you have passed along in your blog so far—and it has brought back such amazing memories—and reminds me that we must return there again soon even though it’s such a long way away from the big apple. I loved seeing your pix of that brightly colored neighborhood in Capetown, the synagogue (the one place I confess with sadness we did not see from the inside), the penguins, Camps Bay, and more. Be sure you don’t miss Robben Island, the trip to the Cape of Good Hope, and the Winelands—-so beautiful. We also had some amazing meals there—the prices were reasonable and there was some very innovative cuisine. We also visited the townships along the way on our cruise—–and spent some time at a school in one of them where we had a wonderful presentation from a school prinicpal. Yes—it is a bit voyeuristic in a strange way, but I tend to agree with the comment in your blog that it’s important to see these things however one can manage to do it—in this case, clearly as a tourist. It was moving and brought up many things too vast to comment on here. During our cruise we had some talks from an expert on the political situations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He had actually grown up in the latter (then it was called Rhodesia)—and in his mind notwithstanding all the enormous issues that apartheid has created then and now he saw South African as a shining example of success within all of Africa. When you consider what Mugabe has done to Zimbabwe, it’s not hard to agree with him. All of this has left me with an indelible impression of Mandela and all that he brought to South Africa—it is truly astounding. If I could meet one famous person dead or alive, he would be my choice. I do have some fear about what will happen there when he passes which is probably imminent. Even though he hasn’t run the country in many years his presence has continued to hold things together in a certain kind of way. I never read his autobiography but it looks interesting to me—you may want to add it to your reading list. Okay—again—-apolgies if all this feels intrusive (you can blame Kenny for that LOL)—but your blog has stirred some wonderful memories of a great land and a great time for us just a few years ago. Do travel safely and remember where you are! Kind regards, Jim Gundell

  3. dear elana’

    Received your 4th blog. enjoyed reading all of them. Keep sending them because I look forward to knowing everthing you are doing. Hope patrick can give you a lot of help. Lots of love grandma

    • I had way too much fun creating them! The ipad drawing app also has stickers for basically every other animal you’ve ever seen, so get prepared to get sick of photos like these…

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