Published: May 20th 2010May 20th 2010
If you blow it up you can see the grass on the inside of the stadium
We tried to do a stadium tour - but they said they weren't doing them anymore. Who knows for sure though noone knows anything
For lunch on Monday the boys and I took a drive from Camps Bay to Hout Bay, driving around the 12 Apostles to this tiny little fishermans village. Not far from here, maybe 15-20 minutes. We drove to the docks and got a nice wiff of the unloading area -- WHEW that smelled bad! We walked around the small marina area and off to this nice little place that Ryan remembered called Dunes to have lunch. It was this old fashioned looking, but re-done house right on the water, with a white picket fence and a jungle gym set in the sand for little kids. Really cool little venue that people can rent for their private parties. AMAZING views. We ate delicious lunch there and headed back to Camps Bay. Just a little venture before Orrin had to be at work. Along the way there were all kinds of little vendors, right on the side of the street in the areas designed for scenic outlooks. We did some nice shopping/bargaining there.
On Tuesday I pretty much MADE the boys go the the Castle of Good Hope, which is set right in the downtown metropolitan area right near the City Hall.
Ryan keeps saying that its not a castle -- but it is. There isn't anything medieval or beautiful about its architecture like others that you would come across in Europe, but it was essentially a castle. We went on a tour and it was lovely -- learned all about how the Dutch built it to keep a watch for the English who followed them over to S. Africa and started all the ruckus. Gotta get cultured. Then we walked through the city, which is truly nothing special lots of people, dirty, beggars, big tall buildings..etc. and we ate a little place on the street right by green market square (which is just a square filled with little vendors and lots of crap and also lots of little restaurants on the perimeter.) Nothing special, I wasn't blown away..at all.
Wednesday was a BIG day. Not only was it Ryan's and my first day of work but Orrin and I hiked up Lionshead. The hike itself wasn't too bad, about an hour + up and about 30-45 minutes down. What was hard was the WHOLE hike, because we left from Grandma's house, and from the pictures, it doesn't look close. So
it took about 3 hours total, it was hot and sweaty but so nice to get hiking in the beautiful weather. The trail was, lets just say different. It started out as a dirt path but soon became rock steps and close to the top we were freaking pulling ourselves up rocks about 3/4 of the size of me, not to mention that at points the only thing keeping me on the path which was about a foot wide was either a barbed wire fence (YES barbed) or a little shrubbery. Needless to say, it wouldn't pass the park safety test. It was fantastic though. This included ladders and chains at points. It got pretty sketchy towards the top and I started to question how and the hell was I going to make it down, so close to the stop their was a little area with some room to sit on rocks.. and I sat and took pictures, looked at birds and other trails (up table mountain) with my sweet new binoculars. Next time, I will go to the top.. at least now I know I can make it down safely. It was an absolute stunning walk though. From here
we hauled ass home to shower because I had to be at work at 330. Work was definitely interesting. There is SO MUCH SIDE WORK. Nothing is easy or convenient in the restaurant at all. Dirty cups go to one area and dirty plates to a whole different side, new silverware must be brought out after each course, you got to cut your bread walk to the other side of the restaurant for butter...blah blah blah, on and on and on! Totally different then here. No busser, oh you have 3 different choices of water and you got to wait on the bartender to get 2 out of the 3 of them. Anyways, in all I learned that it is very different. Everyone that I work with is extremely extremely nice to me-- telling me how much they love Americans, because we are good tippers hahah. All of the bosses love me and I know that they want me to stay, but I think that I am out. The restaurant that I work at is one of the nicest ones along the coast, pretty expensive -- especially when the one next door, the one that Ryan and Orrin are working
at has buy one meal get the other one for free. Honestly, I worked really hard to save money for this trip, I am going to enjoy my time off on the beach and not working. :) Anyways, the people that work there really really need the money to live and support their kids-- me I just need to support my partying habits. It was a nice thought but peace out Tuscany Beach. They all dont want me to leave them -- but i told them that a good American tipper will be sitting in your section chilling and drinking, they liked that even more. haha
Anyways that is all of now. I hope that you are enjoying my blog. It is supposed to be 80 degrees on Saturday so you can find me at the beach.
Miss you guys! Don't worry about me.. I am great! xoxo
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