Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunshine and Storm Clouds

Today in Cape Town the skies are dark with heavy clouds, the air is cold and the wind is blowing hard. Rain is forecast for tonight, when we will join the throngs of fans for the Round of 16 match between Spain and Portugal.

But overall, we have been very fortunate weatherwise. The past two days have been magnificent: warm, sunny and mild. Yesterday we hiked to a waterfall above a lush botanical garden at Betty's Bay, and watched a Southern Right whale lolling for 45 minutes in the shallow water just a few yards off the coast of Hermanus. It literally looked like the 30-foot-long whale was sunbathing as it rolled on its back, waved its fins and tail, and spouted. We were mesmerized as we watched it slowly swim out to sea.

Our time in Cape Town is growing short, unfortunately. The past eight days have gone by so quickly, and we leave on Thursday morning for our drive along the Garden Route and the Wild Coast to Durban, where we will see a semi-final match on July 7.

The photos in this post (and the next two) in no particular order show the apartment building where we are staying in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton, views from the apartment, a crowd of people watching the South African team, Bafana Bafana, on a giant digital screen at the V&A Waterfront, views from the summit of Table Mountain, the Hermanus coast and the Southern Right whale.

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