Go Travel: Cape Town Coastline
Cape Town is a beautiful city to go travel. The rolling wine farms, intense mountains and long beaches are outstanding. After living here for over two years I thought I “knew” Cape Town, but a recent sail boat ride proved me wrong.
Even with a decidedly terrible sense of direction, I have managed to find my way around Cape Town (the big mountain in the center of town is a good landmark). When the ocean’s on my right it means I’m headed into town. When it’s on my left I’m heading back to Blouberg. Got it.
But what I didn’t get is that a familiar city can be appreciated as new once you see it from a different angle.
When a friend suggested we take a sail boat trip around the Cape Town coastline, I very open mindedly thought, “Tourist”. When she mentioned there would be champagne, I warmed to the idea. She delved into researching different boating companies while I looked at pictures of yachts on Facebook. In the end we clambered aboard the Esperance sunset cruise, boyfriends in tow.
As we sailed out of the Cape Town Waterfront I was suddenly struck with the romance of the whole thing. Like European explorers centuries before, we would be able to look back and see Table Mountain beckoning us to come rest awhile. We would feel the waves and sea spray just like they had. We would watch the sunset over the water with no buildings in the way. Overcome with this sense of romance I grabbed boyfriend, JD, and knocked our way through the other couples, starboards and sterns to claim the prime spot. The bow was ours! Bruhahaa (evil witch laugh).
We sipped champagne and felt the ocean’s movement underneath. Next to use Cape Town went blindingly bright as the setting sun reflected in the Sea Point apartments. We rounded Lion’s Head and suddenly my feelings of romance turned to feelings of seasickness. With a quick wretch, I was right once more. Settling back into my romantic daydream, I noticed new buildings in Clifton I’d never seen before. I saw how many small beaches are tucked along the promenade.
I thought about how very old the Green Point Light House is, and suddenly realized I’m still just a visitor here. My two years (and two months) here amount to only a preview of what Cape Town is about.