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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch August 9th 2012

WELKOM IN AFRIKA Lieve lezers, Afgelopen tijd is er weer onnoemelijk veel gebeurd hier in het wonderbaarlijk witte Stellenbosch. Vanuit een goed beveiligd kamertje op de campus met kaarsjes aan en een gezellig Afrikaans muziekje op de achtergrond zal ik jullie kort vertellen over een paar avonturen en bezigheden. Toen de weersvoorspellingen een paar weekenden terug veel goeds beloofden had ik bedacht dat ik toch wel erg graag eens die prachtige stranden hier wilde zien. Dus op een huisfeestje van een paar internationale studenten raakte ik aan de praat met een duikinstructeur genaamd Johnny (iedereen kent ‘m hier) die de volgende ochtend heel vroeg met de auto naar de kust zou gaan. Een paar uur later zaten Esther en ik in de auto op weg naar Simon’s Town, één van de vele mooie stranddorpjes niet ver ... read more
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Strand

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch July 23rd 2012

Molweni!!! Na een lange nacht in het vliegtuig was het eindelijk zo ver: mijn eerste stappen op Afrikaanse bodem! Er stonden meteen al 2 aardige jongens klaar om mij en een aantal andere internationale studenten op te halen van het vliegveld. Naast het feit dat ze hier links rijden keek ik ook mijn ogen uit over de mensen die op hun dooie gemakje langs de weg lopen terwijl het verkeer met 120 km/u langs komt racen. We reden langs heel veel sloppenwijken en belandden uiteindelijk in één van de meest witte en elitaire stadjes van heel Zuid-Afrika: Stellenbosch. De volgende dag begon de introductie al om 8 uur met een lekker ontbijtje, helaas zonder koffie, want het hele gebouw had geen stroom meer toen ze probeerden om voor 300 mensen water te koken… Na duizend excuses ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch January 17th 2012

Day two in Cape Town! Woke early for our first Ambassadors meeting and laid the ground work for the rest of the week. I am on the Corporate Social Responsibility project and am tasked with defining the social outreach side of our new company. Super excited! Enough about work! Awesome day outside of the Waterfront area and out into the country itself. Started with a bus trip up to Signal Mountain for a look at the town from 3000ft. The weather continues to be unseasonably warm for this time of year, but compared to back home it’s great. Signal Mountain was incredible and had views all around of the Western Peninsula and Cape. The drive up was scary as it was a very narrow, winding road with a lot of blind corners and no guard rails. ... read more
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Robben Island

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch October 4th 2011

‘You see, lady, I don’t have much money, and sometimes I don’t even know, how to pay my bills. But I get up every morning and I decide I am going to be happy. Because, lady, I believe that happiness doesn’t just happen - we choose to be happy.’ These wise words concluded the conversation I had with the taxi driver who took me from Cape Town Airport to Stellenbosch. It had been interesting to listen to him. He is coloured (which is an expression that refers to South Africans of mixed race and does not have the connotations it has in the UK) and as a member of this “in-between” ethnic group not much has changed for him. Being neither black nor white, the coloureds are and always have been at the bottom of South ... read more
under a bridge
Xhosa and I
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch August 9th 2011

M – The last few days have been real hard – NOT. Our friends truck that we are using for our overland trip through Namibia and Botswana has been delayed in the garage so we had a few days to kill. We decided to hit some of South Africa’s wineries. The main wine region is only about an hour from the center of Cape Town although there seem to be wineries scattered all over the Western Cape. We stayed in probably the largest wine town, Stellenbosch, but also visited probably the next largest towns Paarl and Franschhoek. Each about 30kms away from Stellenbosch. Franschhoek is the prettiest as it is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Paarl is know for being the birth place of the Afrikanas language and holds the jail that Nelson Mandela was ... read more
Jordan Vineyards - not a bad way to start the day
So where did it all go wrong
Steenberg Winery - did I mention their tasting is free

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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch April 5th 2011

Woof! I was so glad to see my humans on Sunday night instead of Monday morning as promised. They staggered in at about 20h00; still in their cycling gear, with medals around their necks, bikes absolutely filthy. I can't believe Gogo allowed her precious Juliet to get so dirty in the first place. Judging by the excited telephone calls; this won't be the first they will be rolling in the hay (read: rolling down the mountain). Gogo is nursing a prizewinning bruise on her hip; has a bloody knee and keeps sucking her left forefinger. Uwi has rinsed off his bike and packed it back into the car. He's off to Gauteng again and while he's away the derailleur needs attention. Again. Wounds were incurred and medals collected on the Vigne a' Vigne; the annual mountain ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch December 26th 2010

A verrrry merry Christmas from Stellenbosch!!! We packed up our tent ‘motel 6’ for the last time as we left bush camping behind and began our journey back to civilisation in South Africa. After three nights in Swakopmund I think we realised that we actually enjoy bush camping a lot more than the more westernised parts of Africa. When we are all in the wilderness sleeping in tents, cooking off the back of the truck and huddled around the camp fire - all completely in the middle of nowhere there is a sense of being in the ‘real Africa’. However there are of course upsides to heading back to some sort of normality – an actual toilet (rather than a hole in the ground) and a hot shower, bliss! The day we crossed the border from ... read more
Champagne anyone?!
Christmas Eve on the vineyards.
Wine and cheeeeeese!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch July 12th 2010

Wine wine wine Wednesday (1/7/10) We rolled out of bed for our very early airport transfer, checked in and boarded our super cheap Mango flight to Capetown. At Capetown we got another transfer straight to Stellenborsh. It was a glorious sunny day and we didn’t want to waste it. We checked in to the Traveller’s lodge, showered and signed up for the Vine Hopper Wine Shuttle Bus. Today the Vine Hopper was taking the Southern Loop, and first stop was Vredenheim Winery. A quaint winery, with a front yard filled with game, a celler like tasting room, and a gorgeous back garden. We sampled a self picked selection of five wines, took a brief stroll around the garden before it was time to board the shuttle again. Next stop was Spier Winery, a huge complex including ... read more
The backyard of Vredenheim Winery
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch July 10th 2010

Had our first tasting at 10.00 a.m today. £3.00 for 5 tastings and a set of complimentary glasses to boot. Followed this with a further 3 tastings two of which were free. This time we were in Constancia. Roger prefered the red wine of the Constancia region and we both thought that the desert wine was to die for and we are not normally desert wine drinkers. Just a little way up the road from our apartment is a restaurant called Harbour House. On Tuesday before their match against Uruguay, the entire Dutch Team went in for coffee and pastries. They all signed the visitors book and when we went in for a meal the waiter showed us the book. He had pleasure in telling us that they had been asked to keep the visit low ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch July 9th 2010

SA doesn’t fail to surprise. Just as we were getting into going home mode we decided to do the Stellenbosch wine route. My Lord, what an experience. We started out by popping into a couple of wine estates, just to get an idea of the procedure etc. We thought it might be a case of hard sell, to buy wine, but I can assure you it wasn’t. The staff in the winery’s were really pleased to see their visitors and were very welcoming. They appreciated that as overseas visitors we are restricted to what we can take home. Our first real “taste” experience was with the House of J.C. Le Roux a champagne and sparkling wine house. They cannot call their product champagne although it is made under the same process. For £2.50 we had a ... read more
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