Week 2 │ Cape Town Winter Trip
Two weeks down. Our time in Cape Town was flying by – as usual – except this time, we had a lot less time than our last couple of visits. We were desperately trying to hang onto every minute. Dividing time between family, friends, personal time, and explorations is always a battle for us. We wanted to do all four, but alas, there just isn’t time to get enough of all of them. Our second week at home was blessed, and so full of love.
If you missed any of our week 2 posts, you can link up to those here:
Fun, Fellowship & Family │ Stodels Nursery │ Fun For the Whole Family │ Peter Pan Musical │ Disney on Ice
A Taste of South Africa: Biltong, Nut & Wine Tasting │ Beer Tasting at Cape Brewing Company
La Grapperia: A Cozy Winter Spot │ Behind the Scenes: Beach Shoot
And now for some lesser mentioned moments in Week 2…
We absolutely LOVED having this little car. Trips to South Africa are just not the same if you don’t have a car. There is so much to see and do, and public transport isn’t convenient in the Northern Suburbs. Hiring this car was the best idea, and it was only $15 a day — WHAT A STEAL! As Justin was only going to be in Cape Town for just under three weeks, we hired the car for that time only. My driving license has expired and I knew I wouldn’t need to get around with him back in China. Realizing that we would have to give our car back the following week was sad sad sad…
Even though the weather was colder – we admired the beautiful clouds and colors. The skies are often just white or grey in China, so beautiful cloud formations do not go unappreciated by us! This view of my father’s backyard was taken in the morning. It was a dark, and some would say “gloomy” day, but I thought it was gorgeous!
Lots of cuddle time on the couch with the dogs. This little one was mine in years gone by, but he is now 100% my parent’s dog. He took quite a liking to Justin, probably because they both like to cuddle so much.
My dad, knowing I love biltong, kept leaving large portions of it in the kitchen. He had a lot of it in the freezer so it seemed like an unending supply. It is quite alarming just how much biltong I can put away in a day. NO SHAME!
During week 2 I went downtown to visit my sweet childhood friend, Samantha. Driving through the neighborhood where I lived when I was 10 years old, brought back a lot of memories. I love that Samantha still lives in this part of Cape Town. A visit with her means that I get to go back to this place. We spotted this wall mural on the side of my old primary school tuckshop. I remember playing down on that fields and among those trees. That was 20+ years ago… Unbelievable!
Reminiscence and Laughter
We always have so much fun together! It was awesome to see Samatha’s apartment, be in her kitchen while she made dinner, sip tea with her, and reminisce over silly things… like bags of “Delight Spice”. I’m telling you, a trip home is like a sensory overload in the most incredible way possible!
Above, My father is such a great cook. He shows his love through cooking and acts of service. This seafood mix was so good!
Below, Even the simple act of driving around with my love is a treat. You see, we haven’t had a car in almost a decade. That means that for our entire relationship, we have only ever driven around when we are on vacation. What most of you consider a normal act, is really quite the adventure for us. Amazing how that goes! I love how awesome this simple pleasure is to us.
Gym Time with Dad
In order to encourage my dad to get to gym, I bought a two month membership and tried to go with him as much as I could. He cycled, while I ran, and sometimes we would both go upstairs to do the super circuit. This was never something that we did together when I lived in Cape Town, so I really enjoyed share this time with my dad.
Flashback to the School Years
It made me smile to see Eli sitting in this traditional school desk. When I was in primary school, we used these. This desk looked absolutely tiny, and I found it hard to believe it wasn’t a miniature version of the ones that I used. Eli fit into it perfectly!
Below, We visited an awesome little cafe called Chocolat Bistro. Located at 46 on Oxford, opposite the library, in the heart of Durbanville, the Chocolat Bistro offers intimate interiors with French Provencal-inspired décor, as well as charming outdoor seating on a wrap around porch.
Is it Really Winter?
You see Justin shaving outside? With no shirt on. In the middle of winter! I’m telling you, it really isn’t that cold in South Africa during winter… for us at least! Everyone around us was saying it was freezing, but to us it was just a little brisk, and overall, very refreshing! The nights were cold, yes, but again, not freezing. I’m sure that if we moved there, it wouldn’t take long to adjust, but it was awesome not feeling cold like everyone else.
Above, Quality moments with “Oupie Moot” and “Uncle Buddy”. I loved watching everyone bond with our little man. He is such a little snuggle bug – it really hard not to fall for his sweet soul!
Below, PIES!!! Hot steaming pies, filled with meat and sauce. Say no more.
As you can see, one week is packed with a lot of activity. Even in winter! We wished that we could make it all slow down. This was a very special trip for us, and although we were moving into week three, we knew that we still had a number of heartfelt memories to make. Onto to week three we go…