A lot of serendipitous things happened right before I returned. Sans phone, I still managed to capture a few for posterity. One treat was that I got to see @ibrahimahmediii before heading back across the Atlantic. Here we are at his studio in Cairo with the first painting he’s created since returning to Egypt.
I made it to the top of Table Mountain this week and besides the famous views of Cape Town, I found a surprise at the top - a beach on a beautiful dam. Unfortunately I also lost my iPhone this weekend and will be offline for the rest of my travels except for the occasional phone hijack from a friend. I’m looking forward to doing some old school documentation during this forced digital detox. See you soon! #southafrica #capetown
Spent the day in wine country. It was enjoyable but thought-provoking. One winery in the Franschhoek Mountains has a museum detailing the disparities perpetuated by the wine industry in South Africa’s history. The dop system was a practice of distributing alcohol to slaves working in the vineyards at set times each day. Besides being held captive by physical force, the enslaved were also restrained by addiction. The legacy of substance abuse is still an issue in many communities today.
My best meal in South Africa so far has been at Lelapa in Langa township. It was started by a mother and daughter who saw an entrepreneurial opportunity in the tourist buses driving past their township to head to wineries. They invite people into their home to taste an array of Xhosa dishes and enjoy the sounds of local musicians, but first, the woman of the house tells a pretty memorable story.
Arrived in Cape Town on Saturday and I immediately noticed the vibe is much more mellow than Jo’burg. I like the hustle and bustle of Jo’burg because it reminds me of New York, but my roommate, who is a Cali girl, prefers Cape Town. Regardless, we both agree that Cape Town is breathtakingly beautiful. Here is a view of Signal Hill from the waterfront. Next weekend, we’ll climb Table Mountain, which is behind all that fog. (at V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa)