Lion’s Head at Sunrise and a stroll through Kirstenbosch Gardens

I am not a morning person. Ever. But on Sunday I powered through and woke up before 6AM to hike up Lion’s Head, a mountain between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Although waking up and starting a hike before dawn was rough, the view at the peak was definitely worth it. There were also two… Continue reading Lion’s Head at Sunrise and a stroll through Kirstenbosch Gardens

Exploring Cape Town’s Neighborhoods

Last Saturday I went on a cycling tour of the neighborhoods surrounding Cape Town. On our bikes we visited Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory, and District 6 to see the graffiti, art, and architecture around the city. We started out in Observatory, referred to as Obz by the locals. Obz is a trendy neighborhood with main… Continue reading Exploring Cape Town’s Neighborhoods

Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach

Yesterday my roommate and I took a trip about 30 minutes outside of Cape Town to Simon’s Town, a small navy town in the Cape Peninsula. The town is quaint and the main road is lined with eclectic local shops and restaurants. The view of the mountains and False Bay is picturesque in every direction… Continue reading Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach

Wine Tasting in Constantia

Today I went wine-tasting in Constantia, a suburb of Cape Town about 25 minutes from where I’m staying. The Constantia Valley is known for its beautiful vineyards and world famous wineries. We started with a tour and tasting at Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa. The estate was established in 1685 and… Continue reading Wine Tasting in Constantia

The First Few Days (and Table Mountain!)

Since my arrival in Cape Town I have had hardly any downtime to write about everything that has been happening. So here is a synopsis of my first few days:

I am living in a 4-bedroom house in Newlands. Newlands is one of the wealthier neighborhoods surrounding Cape Town, so all of the houses are enclosed by walls with electric fences on top, and all of the doors have double locks and metal gates on them. It is a gorgeous house with a pool, a courtyard, and a balcony with a view of the mountains, but I think living behind the walls will take some getting used to. Within a few minutes walking distance of our house is Claremont, another neighborhood with lots of stores and restaurants. Claremont is where I will be doing most of my grocery shopping.

The CIEE Office (CIEE is the organization that runs the international internship program) is about a 30-minute walk from my house in a bustling, trendy neighborhood called Rondebosch. We spent a few days in the office going through cultural awareness training and safety orientation.

After orientation we went to dinner in town. The drive to Cape Town at night was amazing. The Uber driver was blasting music, Table Mountain was on the left, and thousands of city lights were shining by the ocean on the right. The food in Cape Town is very similar to high quality American food, except that the exchange rate ($1 USD is the equivalent of about 13 South African Rand) makes everything very cheap. I can order a beer, an entree, and dessert at a nice restaurant for less than $12 USD including tip.

My absolute favorite part of the trip so far was visiting Table Mountain. We rode the cable car to the top of the mountain. Instead of trying to describe the beautiful view, here are some pictures I took atop the mountain:

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