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Extreme Showers

Extreme Showers

During the early days in Africa, I wrote a little bit about Extreme Reading. Now I think it’s time to share another, less sought-after experience that I’ve grown accustomed to: Extreme Showering. Anyone who has ever showered in the developing world knows that it’s hit-or-miss. I’ve had it pretty easy on this trip for the … Continue reading

Very belated goodbye to Cape Town

Very belated goodbye to Cape Town

It’s been a few weeks now since I left Cape Town (I blame a combination of wi-fi deprivation and a crazy tour schedule), but before I start flooding the blog with Namibia / Botswana photos, I wanted to post about my last few days in Cape Town. The highlight of those last few days was … Continue reading

Elana’s exercise tips

Elana’s exercise tips

I finally discovered the cure for “can’t-get-myself-to-go-to-the-gym syndrome.” All along, it turns out that I just needed to have a gym with a view like this: Oh, it also helps to not have a job. That’s not too much to ask, right?

Getting serious about sightseeing

Getting serious about sightseeing

Now that I’m getting closer to the end of my time in Cape Town — which has flown by — I’m trying to make sure that I don’t miss out on any of the must-sees. At the end of last week, I visited two of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions — Robben Island and Table … Continue reading

Flippy and Hambone in Cape Town

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 … Continue reading

Township tour (or, my day as a poorist)

Township tour (or, my day as a poorist)

A few days ago, I went on a half-day tour through some of Cape Town’s biggest townships. The townships are located 20 minutes to an hour outside of the center of the city, and were initially created for non-whites who were “relocated” during Apartheid. Obviously, they are not officially segregated anymore, but the racial composition … Continue reading

Can’t get enough of those penguins

Can’t get enough of those penguins

After my previous entry, you’re probably not all that excited about penguins anymore. But I still am, so I’m going to write more about them. The penguins that I visited live near Simons Town, which took about an hour and a half to get to on the train from Cape Town. The train ride was … Continue reading

Almost in Antarctica

Almost in Antarctica

I planned to write a new entry today, and it looks like I’m not going to have time — but I could not wrench myself away from my wi-fi connection without sharing photographic evidence of what I learned yesterday, which is that there are PENGUINS in South Africa. Did everyone else know this (probably yes)? … Continue reading

Welcome to Africa (and my blog)

Welcome to Africa (and my blog)

Today is my third full day in Cape Town, but my very first blog entry. I guess that means I’m already behind, but I prefer to think that I’m just adapting very quickly to African Time. Seriously, though — the Wikipedia article is a little bit critical, but the pace of life really does seem … Continue reading