The first day we were in Cape Town we did a recky (a look around). We left the hotel and headed in the general direction of the V&A, the Victoria and Alfred waterfront in Cape Town. We walked down a major street then turned onto a pat towards the water. The path went all over the place. While walking on the path we saw some horses, a stadium used for the World Cup, some track and field runners and some surfers. We walked along the waterfront toward the V&A.
We walked along the waterfront for about fifteen minutes and then we saw the fishing part of Cape Town, also known as the V&A. Cape Town has always been known for its fishing. We saw huge boats in the dry dock too. We saw seals in the harbour. The seals leaped up on the dock and suntanned.
The V&A had a big aquarium. We did not go because we had just been to the uShaka Marine World in Durban. I already talked that in a previous blog. The V&A also had a big mall that had some really good food. It also had a craft fair which my Mum wanted to visit.
We did a “hop-on-hop-off” bus tour around Cape Town. It was a great way see almost everything. They had an audio guide that had a kids channel. The kids channel was more fun because they told more jokes. It was pretty funny.
The bus was fun and we used it to get to the different places that we wanted to go. The hop-on-hop-off bus was also a double-decker. Sometimes we got front seat on top and got a really good view. We got a free canal boat trip with the package. We took it from downtown to the V&A later in the day. I really liked all of it. We liked it so much that we did the same thing with the same company in Johannesburg.
One of our stops was the old Cape Town Slave Lodge. It was interesting to read about the lives of slaves and big slavery was in the world. It was also very sad. The slaves were taken away from their families, had to work for no pay and very little food and were treated very badly. They even took one hundred people on one boat on a two month journey to the USA. They were chained below and many of them died. They also took the children away from their moms.
We also went to the District Six museum. This museum was about the segregation between whites and blacks. It was sad. They tore people away from their neighbourhoods and didn’t allow them to see family and friends of different races. Both times I thought the government was unfair and very mean.
One night we even went to a soccer game. It was not in the World Cup stadium though. It was a small stadium just outside of Cape Town. The soccer was different than canadian and european soccer.
My Mum and I rooted for the Orlando Pirates (SA Premier League). My Dad and Emma rooted for the Engen Santos (SA National First Division). It was for the Nedbank Cup.
Both teams were weak at shooting and Santos played a very defensive game. The Pirates controlled most of the game and were much better at passing. In the end the Pirates beat Santos 2-0. It was really fun.
During the game there were guy yelling and selling chips just like home. The crowd was really loud. They danced and chanted for their teams, mostly for the Pirates. The crowd also used a lot of “vuvuzelas”, a type of long horn.
We also walked to the fort which protected Cape Town from invaders. It used to be next to the water but the Dutch were good at putting land into the sea and building on it. If the Dutch did not do this in Cape Town half of the city would not be there.
We went into the fort and went up to see the cannons. There was an impressive view from the cannons looking over lots of Cape Town.
Then we went into the museum and saw the battle strategies of the British and the native Zulus. It was cool to see. Even though the British had guns, there was only two Zulu warriors dead for every British soldier. The Zulu were strong and smart.
When we left Cape Town, we decided to take the train to Johannesburg. The train was the poshest train I ever been on. We had two rooms. Each room had one bed on either side. The room was fair sized and the door locked. There were showers and towels for us in the carriage. There was a lounge carriage on the train with a bar and high, padded seats.
The train was really long. It was about fifteen carriages! The views were very beautiful. We even saw an oasis in the middle of the dry land. The sunset was beautiful too.
When it was lunch time we went to the dining car. The dining car was posh. There was three courses and formally set tables.
During dinner at about six o-clock, the staff made our beds. To my surprise they were actually comfy. I had a good sleep, but the room was really hot. In the morning I took a shower. It was very refreshing.
We waited a while to get to Johannesburg. When I stepped out onto the polluted station I realized how nice the train had been.
All of Cape Town and the train was fun and interesting.