A Nine Year Reunion

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 09, 2013

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Friday, July 19, 2013

19th July – Cape Town

Our aim of today was to walk around Cape Town, see the streets and shops, do some shopping, including souvenir shopping, and enjoy the city in the sun. It was pouring down with rain so that pretty much scrapped all of those plans.  Instead, we hung around most of the morning, deciding what to do whilst the staff tried to move us into a new room, Rich packed and we all left the room at 12 rather than 10, us to another room and Rich to downstairs.  After umming and arring about it for weeks, Rich booked his flight home at 2 that morning and off he went, with some hugs and farewells.

At 1 we had finally decided we were going to get a taxi to a mall so we could get some sushi for lunch.  But we annoyingly chose the up-market mall in Cape Town and were faced with 2 choices of sushi restaurant, both the same if not more expensive than home.  So we resorted to the Tesco alternative, Pick and Pay sushi packs and we each got a pasta salad as well.  After a quick mooch around the expensive shops in the mall including Top Shop, we made use of the Macy Ds internet to get in touch with Gerhard.

That evening, I had planned for us to go for dinner with Yolandi, who had also invited Gerhard and Damian.  Like Louis, these guys knew me when I was 15 or 16 from Willows (my first job) and I haven't seen them since.  So this is going to be a major blast from the past, and inevitably a big reminiscing session.  Gerhard was picking up us from town and we hung around at his house until everybody else arrived home from work.  Yolandi, a recent mum, had got the services of her mum for the evening so that she didn’t have to worry about baby stuff whilst trying to catch up with me.  It was really nice of her, and her mum, to do that :)

The evening went as expected, mainly talking about Willows and all the crazy happenings.  Considering there were 4 of us rabbiting on about the past, I was worried that Laura, Johann (Yolandi’s husband) and Annika (Gerhard’s wife) would get a bit bored.  Luckily Laura soon said that she was worried about that too, but the stories were just so funny it didn’t matter!  After a few bottles of wine, someone mentioned food and I jumped at the opportunity to say "Yes" as I was rather hungry by this point.  Leaving the smokers behind, Yolandi, Annika and I went to a pizza place down the road for some food for everyone.

But soon it was time to Damian to head into town and hence, us grab our lift back to the hostel before our flight to Joburg in the morning.  I can’t believe how good it was seeing those guys again, them all looking more or less exactly the same but all having moved on from their 17 year old selves that I knew about 9 years ago.  They all seem great and happy with their lives, and it was so much fun to talk about the crazy times we had when we were so young!  Some stories I didn’t even know about surfaced during the evening, and probably fuelled a bit by the large amount of wine flowing, we all spent most of the night laughing.  A great way to spend our last night in Cape Town :)
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