Traveling is like flirting with life. You are at one place. You fall in love, have fun, enjoy the time you have while you can. Then you leave it behind and find another one. You may look back on the memories and miss it, but you move on.
For the most part, I think I failed miserably as a tourist. I have been here for 3 months and my list of things to do and places to visit in Cape Town is non-existent. True that I have visited many places and gone on a handful of adventure, but most of them are either planned by IES program or un-planned and I happened to be spontaneously dragged around by people. I'm ashamed of myself =.=
I kept having this dream of me being chased around on the map of South Africa from places to places, I think it is a sign that I need to start getting my ass to do things that I haven't got around to do yet. I only have 6 weeks left. This is actually a horrifying thought, and it makes me depressed. On a positive thought though, I still have 6 weeks left and 2 of those are after school is over.
|My sketchbook/journal is still way too blank. Gotta fill it up ~~~|
[There is no priority in this list. I just list things as they occurred to me and hope that my memory does not fail me]
- An "explorium" day: visit the two oceans aquarium at the V&A waterfront and the planetariums at the South Africa National museum.
Reasoning: I must see the fishies and stargaze under the African sky.
- Watch the city come to life: either take a morning cruise at the Waterfront or pull an all-nighter on campus to see the sunrise
Reasoning: got to see the sun rise on the horizon of the bluest sky in the world
- Horse back riding along the Noordhoek beach.
Reasoning: cuz it sounds like a movie scene and the beaches here are gorgeous
- Go club-hopping and check out live music
Status: fail miserably. I have been to Zulu Bar, Marvels and Champs, but other than that, I suck at this.
Reasoning: to pick up European guys. J/k. To experience the night life of Cape Town, of course
- Boulders Beach
Reasoning: the water is warm (the only spot of the Indian Ocean) and penguins are beach mates
- Go nude sun-bathing at Sandy Bay
Reasoning: It’s Cape Town’s nudist beach and not as busy as the other beaches, rank #4 as the world best beaches and it is supposed to be a celebrity hot spot.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Reasoning: picnic, and open-air concerts on Sundays. It's a UNESCO site, and spring is the perfect time to see the world-renowned flower gardens. Plus, what can be more epic that having high tea in a glass house surrounding by fields of flowers?
- Bo-Kaap Area
Reasoning: they have colorful houses and delicious food
- Willoughby & Co at Waterfront
Reasoning: best sushi in town, I have a huge craving for sushi too.
- Robben Island trip
Reasoning: another UNESCO site.
- Arpartheid Museum
Reasoning: good historical source. Can't forget that I need to learn about the country too
- Champagne sunset from Clifton Beach
Reasoning: If I have watched the sunrise, gotta watch the sunset too. And champagne is a must, if only for the romantic feeling
- Green Point Flea Market
Reasoning: is one of the largest markets in Cape Town and well worth a visit plus music and crafts and loads of traditional African art pieces and curios are for sale
- Breakfast at Cape Town International Airport
Reasoning: cuz it sounds like an awesome thing to do.
Beading at Long Street Bead Shop
Reasoning: maybe I'll save some money on shopping
- Take a leisurely stroll up Government Avenue
Reasoning: A road with beautiful trees and historical buildings, lined with majestic oak trees on either side and squirrels . It is also surrounded by many of the city’s most famous attractions including the Company Gardens (founded by Jan Van Riebeeck in 1652), Houses of Parliament and De Tuynhuys. The South African National Art Gallery, The South African Museum and Planetarium. A picnic sounds like a good idea.
- Spend an afternoon at Muizenberg Beach
Reasoning: where colourful beach huts that make their way onto picture postcards of Cape Town are and is one of the warm beaches in Cape Town
Hike Table Mountain
Reasoning: there are tons of gorgeous pictures taken from Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles supposed to be the most beautiful view in Cape Town. Also to see how good in shape I am.
Reasoning: just cuz it's a beach.
- Skydiving/Bungee jumping
Reasoning: I want to jump into one of the bluest skies in the world
- Old Biscuit Mill
Reasoning: One of the top gourmet markets in Cape Town, known for its food and variety of merchandise.
- Green Market Square and Pan African Market
Reasoning: Where most the art and crafts are and many more goodies to purchase.
- Milnerton Flea Market
Reasoning: Famous spot with all the local businesses gathered to sell 2nd hand stuff. Would be a good experience and maybe I will be able to find something for a good price. It also lies next to the ocean so if shopping doesn't turn out too well, there's always the beach.
- Little Ethiopian
Reasoning: The restaurant looks adorable and Ethiopian food is delicious.
- Double date dinner on Beach Road
Reasoning: Cuz Spencer and I just want to go on a date.
- Hout Bay, the gourmet market and French nougat
Reasoning: Hout Bay has gorgeous beaches, and the French nougat is supposed to be adorable. Plus, there are really great delicious bakeries and restaurants with best pizzas and pancakes in town.
- Lion King 3D
Reasoning: cuz it feels that much better to watch Lion King in South Africa
- Canal Walk
Reasoning: one of the biggest malls in South Africa and I love shopping. Plus, it's next to the water and there are lots of things that people can do there besides shopping.
V&A Waterfront(already been there several times, need to be back though)
Reasoning: shopping center, cute restaurants and if I'm lucky enough, maybe I'll get to see some whales.
[subjected to changes in the future as I'll find more things to do]