Last Table Mountain Hike

On Sunday I climbed Table Mountain for the last time (that is, at least until I somehow make my way back to Cape Town in the future). I used the Platteklip Gorge trail, which is the most direct way up the mountain, but is also basically a giant, stone stairmaster. It took me a grueling… Continue reading Last Table Mountain Hike

The Garden Route

Last weekend my housemates and I took a trip along the garden route, a famous stretch of coastline on Route 62 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The garden route is 300 kilometers of beautiful South African mountains, Karoo plains, vineyards, and game reserves littered with lots of little towns and attractions. Views from the… Continue reading The Garden Route

Echo Valley and Boomslang Cave

On Friday I headed to Boyes Drive just above the Kalk Bay train station for a 3 hour hike through Echo Valley. The Echo Valley trail leads up to Boomslang Cave, a cave that cuts right through the mountain. The hike to the cave was very steep and rocky, often requiring us to climb over… Continue reading Echo Valley and Boomslang Cave

Cape Town Cuisine

Obesity is a well known problem in the U.S. and Americans are often criticized for our processed foods and overeating. Because of that, I had assumed that any other country I visited would serve tiny portions and locals would walk to the local market each morning to pick up fresh, unprocessed food for the day.… Continue reading Cape Town Cuisine

Cape Malay Cooking in Bo Kaap

I had been looking forward to visiting Bo Kaap to see the iconic colorful houses since arriving in Cape Town. Bo Kaap, which translates to “Upper Cape” in Afrikaans, is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill just above the city center. Settled in the 1700s by Dutch colonists, the area is made up of brightly… Continue reading Cape Malay Cooking in Bo Kaap

Kalk Bay

On Sunday, my friends and I took a train to Kalk Bay, a fishing village on the False Bay coastline. The scenic 45 minute train ride along the coast costed R13, the equivalent of about $1 USD. Sitting between the mountains and the ocean, Kalk Bay is known for its rich character and and colorful… Continue reading Kalk Bay