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.
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.
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.
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.