Posted by + Debra
Whew! So I just got home from attending the “A Practical Wedding Book Tour” in Atlanta, hosted by Young Blood Gallery and “A Wedding Day Hooray“. I am feeling energized! It’s always a pleasure to meet funny, open minded, outspoken, and honest people. Meg of APW is all that and a bag of chips, probably a coke too. She had everybody in stitches with funny stories, and sage advice for the female entrepenuers. I loved how she wore a dress that could have been for an ice skater, or dancer…I half expected her to pirouette across the floor, or just as easily strap on some skates and field questions from the audience. In attendance where were loads of awesome couples, and a fistful of Alumni Interns, and current interns, and the awesome +Raven, and Baby Rox with his wonderful mom and cool pop. It made me all the more grateful for the wonderful people here at the LeahAndMark.com family.
I really appreciated Meg’s candor, as I have also been appreciating her blog and the many people who contribute to it. I gotta be honest, I just love anybody who can call bull$___ out in public, and say what they mean, and mean what they say, and all that jazz. How awesome to have people telling you that your wedding doesn’t have to equal a downpayment on a house? I feel if you got and want to spend it, then good for you. But, if your like me and “don’t got it” and don’t want to spend it, then you should be able to have your wedding day be just as special, and just as amazing. this is of course coming from the same girl who was planning on getting married in jeans, at least up until a few hours ago (Thanks Lucy for the inspirational quip). A very cool group of people this evening, and I can’t wait to read the book, I have a feeling it will be just as funny, honest, and candid as Meg was in person.
Ok, onward to my blog post. This is the last installment of my trip to South Africa. This time focused on the Cape. Now the region of the Cape is very large, there are hundreds of small towns, and one very large city. It is a diverse and beautiful part of the country with mountains stretching on for days, oceans going on for miles and miles, and epic sunsets every night with great people, awesome food, and amazing wine. There is no way I could sum up the Cape in just a few blog posts, the end message is really that a country and place as amazing as South Africa can take an entire lifetime to experience. I could spend a month in the Southern Cape and still feel like I barely scratched the surface.
Hout Bay: Home of Seal Island. We rode a small boat out to Seal Island, and got to eat some seriously awesome amazing fish and chips. OMG YUMMY! Really tasty fresh fish. It was quite difficult to photograph the seals as the water was very choppy. My trusty little Lumix did well to get at least this 1 clear shot. Be advised, if you get seasick, you may want to skip this one. The waves combined with the intense stench of the seals will turn even the steel lined stomach of the hardiest person. I was a bit green, and I notoriously can handle just about anything! I absolutely loved getting to see the baby seal with the mom, and the man who cared for them. We all cheered and such.
Boulders Beach: Ok, ok, I have a mild obsession with arctic animals, and the only thing better than seeing flipping penguins could have been seeing polar bears. But there were no polar bears, so the penguins definitely took the cake for my Cape Town experience. And the only thing better than seeing penguins, was getting to swim with them. Sit with them. Sunbathe with them. YES! I know right, how cool is that!! Boulders beach is a small private beach with limited entry and gives you a chance to sit, sunbathe, and SWIM with penguins. Best morning on the beach ever. There is a small fee, and the beach fills up quickly. If you happen to go, go to the outskirts, it involves some climbing but gives you a very secluded morning with the penguins (eeeep! so cool!). Cape Point: The national park that is home of the continental tip of Africa, and surrounding bays and Capes. It is a full afternoon, and I recommend a snack, a sweater, and some sneakers. You will do ALOT of walking. It is a national wildlife refuge. The salty air is voluptuous, and hinders the growth of most plants. Only very hardy and native plants thrive in the park. These trees are quintessential African trees, strong, tall, and proud. There are a few of them scattered through the park. For the most part the horizon is flat, and both sides are flanked by the ocean, making it all the more obvious that you are approaching the tip of the continent. It was very exciting!It felt like the sky and ocean were one and the same here. In case you were wondering, the very tip of continental Africa is VERY VERY windy. We had a good laugh trying to get this self portrait of us 3. My brother would have lost his eyes to my hair if not for his glasses. We all scribbled on the rocks the initials of the multiple people we love, temporary markings of the time we were in that special place. This is the very tippy tip of Africa! The lighthouse is newish from 1918. These ostriches were on the side of the road, and looked a mite mean. I didn’t dare roll down the window, I swear I thought he would peck my eyes out. Ostriches are magnificent creatures, and their eggs are made into costly curios quite regularly.
Sentinel Hill: offers wonderful sunset views of the Cape and surrounding bays, including Table Mountain. This evening was special in and of itself because as soon as the sun was down, you were greeted by the rising moon. Another example of the wild, untamable beauty to be found in the Cape. Robben Island: Island Prison 11km from Cape Town for Political Prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Living conditions were unbearable, and many prisoners lost their eye sight working in the direct sunlight in the lime quarry. It was bright, hot, and an incredible sparse place. The amazing thing to remember and walk away with after visiting Robben Island is the heroic stories of how the men held captive were able to boost eachothers spirits and work on becoming educated. They shared letters, and books, songs, and love. It is a testament to the intrinsic wealth of mankind when we turn ourselves inward and love one another despite the misfortune or fortune they might be in the midst of. Table Mountain: The wind and weather of Table Mountain is world renowned, almost as well known as the spectacular views. We tried 2 times to go up the mountain only to be turned away because of the fierce winds howling down. Wind BTW looks just like clouds. Who knew? We did finally make it up the mountain the day I flew out of South Africa, it was the perfect last morning in Sunny South Africa. The views were amazing, all around. Cape Town and all surrounding areas are beyond breath taking. Truly one of the most amazing places in the world.
– All photos taken with the Panasonic DMC ZS8 and the iPhone 3.