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"The rigors (sic) of an expeditionary lifestyle"

Saturday, November 29, 2008

In which the Cape Doctor prescribes something for wind problems...

The Cape Doctor is a health-giving wind, apparently, cooling former colonial brows red and sweating beneath their pith helmets. This one was more of a (what's a collective noun here?) Cape Med School? - howling and hurling grit into our eyes and making us walk at 45 degrees from the vertical. I've never known quite such a wind - and it lasted all the three nights/two days we were in Cape Town, joined by monsoon rains off and on ...

We were staying at a beautiful guest house at the foot of Table Mountain - all art deco and formal French gardens of lavender and white roses behind high white-painted walls adorned with armed response plaques as warnings to would-be robbers. You couldn't see TM, though, as the rolling gray clouds had fallen down the mountainside - not so much a table cloth, as a dark fluffy shroud. Mine hosts Mark and Ivan said it was at the cleaners ... And the little cable cars were closed due to the weather. So the famous landmark was off the list of places to see, things to do.

Instead, L had booked a guide for a township tour and a Cape Town tour with Thabang.


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