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Vipassana Meditation Retreat

‎"A man may conquer a million men in battle, but one who conquers himself is indeed the greatest victor" Dhammapada

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I recall during a high pressured negotiation a CEO said to me "Angela you need some zen in your life" Probably the most meaningful thing this guy said to me that day and it really stuck! Twelve months later I am sitting a vipassana meditation course with these words ringing in my head!

The Timetable

4:00 am Morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 am Meditate in the hall or in your room
6:30-8:00 am Breakfast break
8:00-9:00 am Group meditation in the hall
9:00-11:00 am Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher's instructions
11:00-12:00 noon Lunch break
12noon-1:00 pm Rest and interviews with the teacher
1:00-2:30 pm Meditate in the hall or in your room
2:30-3:30 pm Group meditation in the hall
3:30-5:00 pm Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher's instructions
5:00-6:00 pm Tea break
6:00-7:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
7:00-8:15 pm Teacher's Discourse in the hall
8:15-9:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
9:00-9:30 pm Question time in the hall
9:30 pm Retire to your own room--Lights out

The timetable was pretty intense 10 hours of meditation a day for 10 days, in total silence but I have wanted to learn the technique for a long time so I was up for the challenge! The setting for the course was fantastic, the living conditions were very basic. We slept in 7footx6foot rooms with a bead and a fan and shared bathrooms but it was enough and clean and comfortable. The dinner hall was communal and split in half to keep the segregation between men and women. The grounds were fantastic, ponds full of lotus flowers, small rivers and so much greenery and trees. Very peaceful and tranquil and perfect for what we were about to undertake.

The beautiful grounds

The beautiful grounds

4am Wake up call

This sounded intense everyday at 4am to be woken up by a gong but it was OK and I quickly got used to it and didn't even need the bell to wake me. On day 2 something went wrong with the bell and unknown to me it went off at 1:45 am!! I heard the gong and woke up and went into automatic pilot had my cold shower got dressed and then suddenly noticed that I couldn't hear anyone else! I checked my watch and the clock outside my room and realised my error! argh!

4:30-6:30 meditation

This was the best meditation of the day, I always woke up and went to the hall, you could do it from you're room but I decided that was a little to tempting to go back to sleep :) The hall was cool at that time so it was easier to concentrate and the birds were waking up and the noises I could hear from my cushion in the hall were amazing!

The centre where we meditated

The centre where we meditated

6:30 breakfast

Breakfast is served communally as a buffet like every meal.. We ate Thai food for the whole course so I found myself eating spicy thai stir fry and tofu at 6:30 in the morning! I quickly adapted to this although it was very bizarre. All the food was very good during the course, I am a big fan of thai food so it wasn't a difficult transition. I ate really healthy throughout the course cutting out coffee and carbs - I didn't need them as I was never that hungry - I was after all just sitting the whole day!

8-9, 2:30-3:30, 8-9 Group Sittings

There are 3 group sittings a day. in these sessions we would get more instructions about our technique. It was a guided course so usually the first 15 mins of these 3 hours we would have a teaching and use the rest of the day to practice. On day 5 they introduced the sitting of determination. In this hour 3 times a day you were asked not to move at all - no opening of the legs from the crossed legged position, no opening of the hands or the eyes. This was like torture for me, my left leg would go to sleep within moment of starting the hour and I would have to cope with the pain for the entire time! The sitting helps you with awareness and reaction which is the theme of the whole course. It is possible to do this ans after the first few times I managed it although it was never comfortable!

9:00-11:30 Personal meditation

I was always tired during this time and would usually catch myself nodding off! Again I would stay in the hall as the few times I stayed in my room I was so tempted to sleep - and once the bed won and I slept! After day 7 we were allocated a "cell" this was a very small square room with a cushion in, although it sounds like a dark dungeon it was quite comfortable and cool, it was also a good change of scenery with no tempting bed!

11:30 lunch

By the time lunch rolls around I was usually hungry - I had been up for hours by this time! Again it was different combinations of thai stir fry and fake meat - it was excellent. With every meal you could have lemon grass or ginger tea which was really tasty and a great change to coffee.

1-2:30, 3:30-5:30-Personal Meditation

Another tough sitting right after lunch and the heat of the day also made it very hard to sit and meditate without falling asleep! We got more instruction at these sessions which gave us more detail on the technique.

5:00-6:00 Dinner

Returning students are not allowed to eat dinner, and you dont really need it. Your body is not hungry for it and it makes you super sleepy! By about day 6 I was only eating a banana and a tea and not hungry in the evenings.. no running was allowed on the retreat which nearly killed me but it was good to have a break from it!

7:30-9:00 Evening lecture

The teacher Goenka has recorded a daily lecture which are played in English or translated in to your language. These lectures teach you more about the technique, share stories on the origins of the technique and answer the questions that frequently get asked by former students. The teaching originates at the time of the Buddha but was lost to all through decades of manipulating and changing that all religions go through. Goenka was a sick business man when he first took the course and was so overwhelmed by the teachings decided to slowly take it back to the rest of the world. He has done this very successfully and now there is courses in most countries around the globe! The course is accessible to all for a donation of your choice to enable other students to take the course \and the teachings to continue.

9-9:30 Final meditation

The final meditation was a quick one before bed focusing on new instruction given in the lecture. I was usually asleep each night within seconds of my head touching the pillow!

The Noble Silence

I thought this would be the hardest part but it really wasn't. As well as no talking, gestures and eye contact were also not allowed it was total aloneness! But because everyone was doing the same thing ir\t was actually quite easy! The hardest parts were not being able to say please and thank you and not being able to wish people good morning and good night! The other crazy thing was hearing the crazy chatter that goes on in your head and not being able to get away from it!

The signs were all over the place just to remind us!!

The signs were all over the place just to remind us!!

The technique

I am not going to try to explain the technique I learnt as I wont be able to do it justice but overall at a high level, the course teaches you to be more aware in the present moment and be equanimous (not reacting or being aware of reactions before reacting) to circumstances that come up. If your interested I would encourage a read of the website, link below or just go sit the course! Its very tough but worth it!! I knew nothing before I sat the course and I preferred it that way!!

http://www.dhamma.org/

21 Sep - 2 Oct

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Hong Kong for the day

I managed to wangle a day in Hong Kong to see Miranda - a good friend from uni by extending my lay over in HK from an hour to 10 hours :) Thanks British Airways!!

The journey over was a bit of a shocker, I got no sleep on the plane which is unlike me and so i arrived a bit spaced out! After getting good directions from Miranda on how to get downtown to meet her - which I stupidly left somewhere I managed to easily find my way to the express bus and hoped I was heading in the right direction!! It was very easy and I was there in no time.

I suddenly realised wow I am in Asia, all so very different from Africa!! The skyscrapers are everywhere!

Miranda and Pete met me at the bus station, Miranda is now 6 months pregnant but she doesn't look it! It was so lovely to see them, its been 14 months and wow so much has changed for us all since we last saw each other!

They first took me to their house so I could freshen up, get coffee and see the place. It is a lovely location high up overlooking the water! the complex has a bit of everything swimming, gym, spa and bar for adults and lots of different play areas for the kids - very nice i am excited to come back next year for a few days to stay :)

Once i was more with it and had booked a room in Bangkok we left for a sightsee around HK and ended up down by the water front for lunch and a look around the market.. It turned out that a crazy fundrasing event was going on in town which involved pink high heels on asian men and running - very surreal but funny! We met up with Mirandas sister Tam and her kids - so much change since the last time I saw her also!

After a yummy lunch - thank you Miranda! We went to do more sightseeing around the CBD and then took a boat ride to see the amazing skyline of HK!

Miranda, Pete and bump!

Miranda, Pete and bump!

Me and Miranda

Me and Miranda

HK skyline

HK skyline

The ferry and amazing view

The ferry and amazing view

All to quickly it was time to bid farewell to Miranda and Pete, it was lovely to see them and I am so excited for their imminent arrival!

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The Garden Route

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Oudtshoorn The place for Ostrich riding, caving and seeing the Swathberg pass

We left Robertson and headed a long the route 62 in the direction of Oudtshoorn, the scenery was beautiful the whole way views into the mountains were incredible. There is a famous restaurant on Route 62 called Ronnie's Sex shop - apparently unmissable - we thought it was nothing special when we stopped. We continued on our route through the mountains passing many ostrich farms on the way, I am excited about trying ostrich eggs!! Oudtshoorn is a strange place, very red neck, it is set up for tourists to visit the many ostrich farms and ride ostriches and go to the caves - neither of which we wanted to do. We stayed in a backpackers which definitely didn't feel the cleanest and we decided to carry on our way the next day.

The Ostriches on route!

The Ostriches on route!

The next day we drove up the famous Swathberg pass, the views were amazing into the mountains. Harriet (our car) and Nicola the designated driver did very well to get up and back down the roads were bumpy and windy but the views from the top were breathtaking!

Swathberg pass

Swathberg pass

Me and Harriet on the pass

Me and Harriet on the pass

Me up high on the pass

Me up high on the pass

A long way down!

A long way down!

Wilderness

After a quick exit from Outshoorn we headed south to the world famous garden route our next stop was Wilderness - we had heard there was not much to do there but the beach setting sounded ideal and exactly what was needed after so many days away from the sea! It turned out that Wilderness was a lovely little village with a few restaurants and shop. We had initially planned to stay up the top of the cliffs overlooking the beach in a backpackers, we drove up there and the place had spectacular views but both of us where hankering after staying on the beach! So we headed down to the beach and found a perfect backpackers to stay in just a few steps from the beach with equally amazing views! Our dorm room like most of them we stayed at on our trip, was empty. I choose a top bunk with an amazing sea view!!

Wilderness, the view from the kitchen at our backpackers

Wilderness, the view from the kitchen at our backpackers

The beach at wilderness

The beach at wilderness

We stayed for a few nights we ran on the beach, went out for dinner in the quaint restaurants in town and went for a lovely long walk along the beach and the train tracks exploring the place. We tried to do a waterfall walk but the waterfall area was closed due to the rains but we had a great time anyway and it was nice to be walking in the countrside.

Nicola on the train tracks on our walk

Nicola on the train tracks on our walk

We ate some great food Fallafel on the side of the street, the best pizza in wilderness and some great pasta. The next morning before we left we went back to our favourite restaurant for brekkie. I got an amazing veggie stuffed mushroom dish which turned out to be stuffed with bacon!! After eating half of it I finally realised.. I sent the dish back and the chef ended up making me this most amazing mushroom dish and delivering it to me personally with her apologies and I paid nothing!! eek the first time I have eaten meat in at least 6 years!

Jeffery's Bay - World famous surfing destination

Our next stop was Jefferys Bay, the drive was around 5 hours and very pretty along the coast - we kept a look out for wales, as its the season, but didnt see any.. We passed a lovely town called Plattenberg and the coast around there was very spectacular although nothing beats the scenery of the winelands!! We arrived late afternoon to another red neck town, it was quiet but the feel was very surfy so many surf shops and factory outlets!

We looked round a few hostels and finally made a decision on a small self catering flat, it was a bargain and seconds from the beach. We had a twin room, there was one other surfer from Brazil staying in the dorm room so was very quiet and nice to have our own space yet again! I went out to explore and saw many surfers waiting for the perfect waves.. the waves looked a lot smaller than I imagined but I was very impressed when they were riding them!!

Jeffery's bay

Jeffery's bay

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The 2 min walk to the beach in jeffery's bay :)

That night we headed out to "the Mexican" bar aparently the place where it all happens in Jefferys bay! It was very quiet when we arrived and we both felt a bit verdressed but we had a great night met a few locals and danced the night away!

Our initial plan was to head further East just past Port Elizabeth but we decided to turn round and head back to Cape Town as our time was running out and we wanted to do a second visit to the winelands!

Our return trip along the garden route was not as scenic as the way out as the weather had changed to drizzle and cloud - I felt like I was right at home a proper day of English weather! Our initial plan was to stop in Storms River but we drove through it and it was quiet so we decided to keep going as we were still so far away from Cape Town and had lots of things still to see! We stopped at the world highest bungy jump for a look see, just looking at it made me feel queezy! ha there was no way either of us were going to jump it!! Not even tempted!! There was two jumpers which we watched they jumped off the bridge into the valley as its so high they dont drop down into a boat but get pulled back up - I have heard from others that have done it that its the worst bit going back up!

Someone jumping! The worlds highest bungy!

Someone jumping! The worlds highest bungy!

Mossel Bay

We stopped overnight at a backpackers we found in our guide, we were going to keep going all the way to the winelands but we were both tired and had not sorted out accomodation anywhere so we dropped past a backpackers in Mossel bay and they had a empty dorm room for us for $10 a night including breakfast right on the beach! The backpakers was amazing we had the whole self contained unit to ourselves including a double room massive kitchen and lounge with cable. The owner and his mum were a bit bizarre - the son kept coming up and telling us stuff almost like he didnt trust us to be there and at night he came to lock up and turn off the taps weird almost like having a very overprotective father there!!

The next morning we were pleasently suprised with a massive breakfast spread including home made muffins :) yum! We spent the previous night trying to work out where we would stay in the winelands, we decided somewhere other than the Robertson backpackers. nicola finally found a place so we left early in sunshine to a place called Montagu.

Back to the Winelands

We pulled up outside the Mystic Tin after umming and aring about where to stay we sat in the car discussing it for ages and the gardener there was giving us some bizrre looks! We finally decided to go in but the place was much mre a b and b rather than a self caterin backpackers - they had no kitchen we could use even to make a cup of coffee.. We decided this wasn't the place for us and quickly agreed to head back to Robertson Backpackers where we loved for another 2 nights!

We got a warm welcome from Kevin on our return, he was keen to hear where we had been and stayed after he had given us so much advice on our route. We headed back to a few of the wine shops in town for some tastings - we went back to our favourite winery and I think they recognised us!! We also stopped at a brandy distillery - we didn't realise it specialised in brandy till we were given the welcome drink of brandy and ginger.. which turned out to be llovely! That night we had a braai a South african BBQ and got chatting to a lovely Dutch couple and a guy from Cape Town who was working botteling wine for the local vineyards.

The next day we hired bikes from the backpackers and set out on a bike ride to the local winerys, we stopped at our favourite winery first Bon Courage - I dont think they encourage a repeat visit but we got away with it and drank some more of their lovely champagne and wine for free in pretty large quanities!

Me sipping champagne at bon courage!

Me sipping champagne at bon courage!

We got back on our bikes and headed to the place we had picked out for lunch. It turned out to be very expensive and no where near as nice as the Montague Deli but the setting was lovely on the river!

Us by the water at lunch enjoying our second winery of the day!

Us by the water at lunch enjoying our second winery of the day!

Our next stop was to the winery out dorm mate was working in to watch the botteling process! It was amazing to see what is involved - the equipement is like a mini mobile production line - the equipement is self contained on the back of a lorry we watched them botteling red with a screw cap but he showed us the corking operation too. That night we all had a braai together which was super nice, Dennis had a massive piece of steak and Nicola and Joyca had kebabs all washed down with some of our purchases from our wine tour!

Hermanus

Its whale season in the south West of Africa now and we were told that it may be possible to see them from land in Hermanus so we headed there on our route back to Cape Town. Initially we didn't see any but then I spotted a whole crowd with binoculars so went to investigate. Initially I struggled to see them but then with the help of a few locals I spotted them! Amazing we saw at least 6 hanging in the kelp and swimming, we were so close and able to see the water shooting out from the blowhole! One of the whales came in really close to a rock not too far from where I was standing so I went off to go get closer and get some better pictures! Amazing sightings just a couple of meters away! On our departure from Hermanus we had a small bump in the car.. eek the excess was 500 GBP! mm not good and not something we had in our budgets..

Very close whale sighting!

Very close whale sighting!

The return to Cape Town

We had agreed to meet Joy and Dennis at our guest house and head out for a good meal and some partying, it would be rude not to now we were back in the city! We still had the bumped bumper in our minds but went out for a party night in Cape Town and ate the most amazing thai food before dancing the night away! The next morning Nicola woke up early and rescued the car with some help of a bottle of t-cut and the night watchman! Good as new! We took it back to the rental place and they didn't even notice the residual scratches! phew!

That afternoon the four of us went to see the penguins at cape point. They live in and around boulders beach just outside of the city! When we arrived we saw them feeding and sleeping there was so many and they were so cute! We were too late to make it to cape point but had a few more whale sightings on the way back!

One of the penguins at boulder beach

One of the penguins at boulder beach

Love this sign at boulder beach

Love this sign at boulder beach

Boulder beach

Boulder beach

It's finally time now to leave Africa and my wonderful travelling colleague Nicola and start a new adventure in Asia. Africa was amazing, South Africa so different to East Africa but wonderful all the same! Next stop a quick day trip to Hong Kong and then onto Thailand for meditation, diving and sightseeing!

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Goodbye Cape town.. you will be missed :(

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The Winelands!

Soooo excited to go to where some of the best wine in the world is grown!

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Plans are made to be broken!!

We now had wheels which felt very bizarre - our little silver car later named Harriet :) cost us 200 GBP between us for 2 weeks bargain! Our plan was to head out to the winelands in famous Stellenbosch and then on up the Garden route as far east as Cynsa just past Port Elizabeth - around 800k one way. Before we left we went for lunch and I was flicking through the local guide book where I spotted a place called Robertson and a small guest house - Robertson Backpackers. We both loved the sound of this quaint village rather than the big city of Stellenbosch so after a quick call we changed our plans and made a beeline straight for Robertson!

The scenery along the way was amazing, breathtaking the mountains were so many colours and leaving Cape Town we got some great views of Table Mountaina nd the surrounding hills.

We arrived in the small town of Robertson -seeing lots of signs for winerys along the way - and quickly found the backpackers. We got a warm welcome from Kevin and Linda the owners of the backpackers and were shown to a lovely dorm room which would cost us 110 rand (9 gbp) a night. The backpackers had a fantastic garden, a lovely airy kitchen and more importantly an amazing dvd collection! We got settled had a quick dinner and settled down for the night to watch a couple of dvd's!

The backpackers

The backpackers

The garden

The garden

The next day after a quick run around Robertson and another DVD - it had been a while since we had sat on the couch and watched a film! We headed out to the most amazing winerys. Our first stop was Montague Deli - all of the winerys had amazing settings and this was no different - spectacular! We were invited to taste the cheese and wine first before choosing a cheese platter and glass of wine for lunch. WOW the cheeses were delicious my favourite was the feta but there was blue cheese, cheddars, soft and hard cheeses. The wine was also fantastic my favourite no surprises was the white oaked chardonnay! We headed out into the garden to enjoy our view, cheese and wine.

Me at Montague Deli

Me at Montague Deli

Our lunch

Our lunch

We went to a few other winerys on the way back and then we dumped the car back at the backpackers to explore a few other winerys in the village. You dont have to pay to taste the wine which was great although we did say we would be back to a few to buy a bottle.. ;)

We had a typical braai - south african BBQ that night Nicola did well cooking the meat and veggies!

My chef on our Braai (bbq)

My chef on our Braai (bbq)

The following day we went on the backpackers wine tour - we were going to hire bikes but Nicola's toe wasn't up to it so we got driven round instead! The weather was hot and perfect, we went with a lovely dutch couple and had a blast. Our favourite winery on the tour was bon courage - they had champagne, white and red wine to taste and the tasting were very generous!!

After a lot of wine over 3 days we bid our farewells to Kevin and Linda and Robertson taking a couple of bottles of our favorite wine a chardonnay from the Robertson winery on route 62 destination Garden Route!

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Cape Town

A warm welcome back to civilisation!

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Leaving Tanzania and arriving into civilisation!

Leaving Tanzania was very very hard for me, it was emotional getting on the plane - this is where my trip first started, Tanzania feels like home and I have had so many amazing experiences and met so many friends but it was time to leave - I will be back! and we did (me and Nicola) on route firstly to J'berg and then a quick connection to Cape Town.

Arrival into the airport in J'berg was incredible it was like landing at heathrow.. there was coffee shops like you would expect at home, gadgets and music shops. We spent a lot of time walking around in a daze overwhelmed with everything that was available. We settled into a coffee shop and had Americano's and muffins - I could get used to this :)

Cape Town

We arrived into cape town in the cold and drizzle, both of us hadn't felt cold or rain for 5 months so this was quite a shocker - we had been warned but we were still hopeful of nice weather! The public transport was amazingly efficient and within 30 mins of arrival we were in search of our hostel in the gardens area of town. We quickly found it after getting some help from a friendly local and checked into Ashanti lodge. The Lodge was amazing, very modern and clean. We were staying in a 6 bedded female dorm but there was just one other lady in it, low season has its advantages!

Our room

Our room

Ashanti and the balcony we sat on!

Ashanti and the balcony we sat on!

That evening we had a bottle of the local Stellenbosch wine ($3.5!) before heading out for a lovely meal of steak for Nicola and Falafel for me in a great little restaurant Nicola had researched about to satisfy her steak cravings!

The next day I headed out for a run early - we hadn't seen much on our arrival due to the weather and still hadn't been able to see table mountain at all so it was great to explore. I ran through the town which reminded me of a smaller quieter version of New York or London, I made mental note of all of the shops I wanted to go in later! On my run back I noticed I was running next to a beautiful garden I went into the garden and the next moment I saw the most amazing view in front of me that took my breath away - table mountain in all its glory was there in front of me, it was the most amazing stunning view that a photo could never capture! I did try later..

My view on my run breathtaking - literally!!

My view on my run breathtaking - literally!!

Table Mountain from the waterfront

Table Mountain from the waterfront

District Six Museum

The area of district six was one of many that was turned into a "white only" area during Apartheid. The museum tells the story of Apartheid and how black people where effected during that time, it focuses on the area of district six and how the black people were forced to move out of the area leaving homes, jobs and possessions to allow the area to be changed. I couldn't believe how far the segregation went and at what lengths it was enforced. Black people were forced to carry "passes" with them containing detailed information about themselves - passes could be demanded at any time and any violation of rules would result in immediate imprisonment...

One of the signs at the district six museum

One of the signs at the district six museum

Robben island

We spent a couple of days in Cape Town waiting the better weather so we could do the Robben Island tour - the boat doesn't go out in the storms and climb table mountain.. Finally we got a perfectly clear day so we were set for an early start out to Robben Island to see where the apartheid activists where held including Nelson Mandela.

The tour was very well organised, the boat ride out was a bit bumpy but only lasted 45 mins - on arrival we were taken all over the island by coach, we took advantage of the perfect photo opportunity of table mountain - we will be on top later!

Me and Nicola on Robben Island

Me and Nicola on Robben Island

The guided tour through the prison was fascinating, a former inmate took us around and told us about imprisonment life there what it was like day to day, what they ate - very little and how the place ran. I asked him if he found it hard to work and live there considering he suffered so much there, he said that it gets easier and it is good to be able to tell his story.

The food rations - mixed race on left blacks on right

The food rations - mixed race on left blacks on right

Our guide around Robben Island

Our guide around Robben Island

The view from the ferry back

The view from the ferry back


Climbing table Mountain! Platteklip Gorge

Nicola hurt her foot while out dancing the night before so we decided to split up to get to the top of table mountain, I would take the "short" climb and she would take the cable car, we arranged meeting at the top and I set off! It was a 15 min walk to get to the start of the climb and then I saw a sign which said it was 2,5 hours up.. mm Nicola may be waiting a while!

The path got gradually more steep it was deserted and I didn't see any one for the first 30 mins.. I came to a fork in the road with no signs - i figured it would be signposted yeah it wasn't! So I took what I thought was up and hoped for the best.. I then hit another fork so on I went hoping I was on the right track! About 10 mins later I bump into a guy and after taking my photo he asked where I was going when I told him the top he told me I was heading in the wrong direction! He helped me back to the right route - which was 15 mins back..

On Route before I realise I am going the wrong way!

On Route before I realise I am going the wrong way!

The climb took me about 2 hours in total, I started to panic a bit that I would make it up there before sunset.. we started out late. I made it up passing a few people going down but no many climbing up at that time! The views all the way up were spectacular but the view on top was amazing! After a few photos i went in search of Nicola. She was very pleased to find me her feet had turned blue in the cold and she was panicked as the last cable car down the mountain was leaving in 5 mins.. phew! Wine please!

Up the top!

Up the top!

Leaving Cape Town

We have 3 weeks in Cape Town and the surrounding area so after 4 days of shopping, climbing, history and partying in the city we decided to hire a mini car and head East into the winelands and up the Garden Route. then back to Cape Town to see the cape of good hope and the penguins we had heard so much about!

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