|Location:||cape town, south africa|
There are good bookshops in cape town and I haven't yet gotten used to the fact, that I can buy books whenever I want, and that the shops won't just disappearEthe first visit to a bookshop, I ended up carrying with me no less than seven books.
I had always wanted to visit cape point; the most southern tip of cape-town-bay with my motorbike and open a bottle of champagne. Unfortunately, my bike had been in such bad condition when I arrived here, that I didn't dare to drive another 200 kilometersEthe mechanics at the workshop have not yet started to work on it and cape town is still the most southern place I have actually driven to.
But I gladly accepted the invitation to join Alexandra and kirstine who stay at the 'cat&moose' to visit cape point. we took a train to simons town where we were picked up by an english friend of theirs who drove us around in his jeep. The whole region around cape town is extremely beautiful. There are many towns, built on the slopes of the mountains which themselves are free of any bulidings. There is a stark contrast between nature and civilistaion.
Cape point is a bit touristy, But it's beautiful nonetheless. and it's a historic point where sailors finally reached the safety of the bay after a long tiring trip, down the west-african coast.
Email had a great surprise for me: sid, my friend form Luanda, will come to cape town next week and I quickly booked him a room at the 'cat&moose'. It's always great to meet travel friends again and cape town is the perfect location. I would not be surprised to run into several people that I've met before on this trip.
On Saturday luck had, once again, been on my side. I have met some beautiful French-algerian sisters last week and Yesterday we met for breakfast at the waterfront. We went down to the docks sherazade and sabah knew some of the sailors who are participating in the CAP:2:RIO regatta. We were offered food and drinks and had a chance to talk to some of the sailors of the 'NICATOR'. It was funny because I wanted to talk to them about the sailing but they only wanted to hear about my trip through Africa.
In the end we were all invited to watch the start of the race from a yacht that belonged to friends of friends of whoeverEI don't remember how we finally ended up on that boat, but there we were, drinking beer, enjoying the sun and feeling like the 'big guys'. The real big guy, the owner of the boat was great. "this is your home, help yourself with food and drinks!".
We spent more than three hours on the water and witnessed the start of the race, which was spectacular. We cheered our friends from 'NICATOR', which was leading the race out of table bay. i was cursing myself for not bringing a camera! When we got back to cape town I had made new friends and I am thinking about taking a beginners course in sailing. There worse things to do and worse places, where to do it.