Notes from Cape Town

Reflections on the luxury of life interrupted

Summer in the Cederburgs

Though the middle of summer may not have been the best time to go, in mid-January with Niles’ last week of school vacation,  we set out anyway. “Oh, it’ll be … Continue reading


Scratching the Surface of South African History

As soon as we learned we would be in South Africa for a year, I checked out Leonard Thompson’s A History of South Africa from the Brunswick, Maine, library.  Having … Continue reading

December 6, 2013

Spring on the Western Cape

An early weekend of our stay in Cape Town a year ago, we are invited to our first ‘braii’ in the backyard of acquaintances from UCT and the American Consulate.  … Continue reading

October 2, 2013

A Day in Chobe National Park

The advantage of visiting Victoria Falls in Zambia is its great proximity to Chobe National Park across the border in Botswana. The advantage of staying with Oriel and Alan at … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Falling for Victoria Falls

In anticipation, I see it rising in the distance from the taxi – signs of the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders – Victoria Falls. It’s the rainy season (late … Continue reading

June 5, 2013

Back to the Bo-Kaap

We meet at the small and intimate Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum at the top of Wale Street.  Known for it’s colorfully painted houses, the Bo-Kaap is home to Cape Town’s Muslim … Continue reading

June 3, 2013

All About Rooibos Tea

Soft and slightly sweet, rooibos tea is South African’s own.  Rooibos, meaning ‘red bush,’ is one of the South African fynbos which grows only in the Cederburg region of the … Continue reading

May 16, 2013

The Cape Minstrels on the ‘Tweede Nuwejaar’

It’s January 2nd and I want to head into the city for the Cape Town Cape Minstrel Carnival but I don’t really know how to get there or what to … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sunday Morning Church Service in Langa

If Wellington teaches me the importance of asking, it is Tina who teaches me that the best way to do it is from behind a camera.  It’s Sunday morning and … Continue reading

May 10, 2013

Lessons from Wellington’s Cards

We met Wellington on our way to Cassis one day.  In the hot summer sun, he claims shade under the jacaranda for his workshop. While the car guards (mostly black … Continue reading

May 9, 2013

Daily Snippets in Time

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 519 other followers