Cape Town

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

Flag of South Africa  ,
Sunday, June 24, 2012

I love Cape Town. It's the perfect little city! Nestled right at the foot of table mountain, with a view of the harbor. I would consider moving here if I were to leave the United States. We were in Cape town for five days, and we rented an apartment for our stay. Out my bedroom window, I had a view of table moutain, which was sometimes lit up in the night. My mom rented a car. It took her a little getting used to driving on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right side, and using a stick shift with her left hand (especially with all of the hills). No crashses though! Everywhere you go, there are "parkers." They are pretty much people who assign themself jobs to help people park, and they work for tips. They are in parking lots, on the sides of the roads, and at the gas stations. There are some crazy drivers too. We were driving on a big highway, and a car passed my mom on the side, in the grass! There was also a big semi truck trying to move into our lane, when we were on the side of it. It's crazy how fast some people go. The speed limit was 120 (kilometers) so we went 130, which is about 80 miles an hour. But lots of people were just zooming past us, and they must have been going about 150, which is 93 miles an hour! Even though Cape Town is a very modern town, everything is super cheap. For the 5 days we were there, we spent about $7 on gas! Since everything was so cheap, we decided to go shopping at a mall. The mall was filled with long hallways of stores of every designer brand you could imagine. Prada, Chanel, Diesel, Jimmy Choo, you name it! I saw this really cute Burberry jacket I wanted to get, but too bad, it was $950. I guess that wasn't the right mall to go to. During our stay, we went on a cable car up to Table Mountain, went to see the penguins on Boulder Beach and took a 2-hour boat ride to Robbin Island. In boulder beach we saw African penguins (a.k.a. jackass penguins). It was their molting season so they were all out of the water. It was also nesting season, and we saw some babies! The top of Table Mountain was probably 30 degrees colder than the bottom, and really windy. But the view of Cape Town was amazing. The penguins were really cute. Since it is their molting season (when they lose their feathers and grow new ones), they were all on land. There were lots of babies too. On the boat ride, they were releasing four penguins into the water. The penguins were found as abandoned eggs and were raised in a shelter. When they were released, they tried to swim back to the boat at first then just kind of floated there.
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