It’s Monday in Cape Town. People are chilled. Or ‘super chilled’ as many of them like to say. My long time Cape Tonian friend says the ratio of hipsters per capita here are higher than anywhere else in the world. Which means there’s good coffee, so this holiday maker is happy.
What’s inspiring about Cape Town is 1. The natural beauty and 2. The fact that you don’t have to work toooo hard to live a good life here. People work to live, not the other way round. They really spend time in nature: running on the promenade, hiking on the mountain, open water swimming in the freezing Atlantic Ocean.
The Capetonian message to us is: Relax wherever you are and take advantage of your environment.
One of my favourite things to do in Cape Town is to take the train from Cape Town Station (nicely refurbed for the 2010 World Cup) all the way through the Southern Suburbs and along the little seaside towns of Muizenburg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fishoek, Glencairn and finally Simon’s Town, a short local taxi ride from the home of the African (formerly known as Jackass) Penguin at Boulder’s Beach.
Many South Africans have sadly never ventured on to public transport but I would encourage any visitor to Cape Town, foreign or local to embrace this adventure. The train runs right next to the sea and is so much more scenic than a car journey and a round trip is only R30 (about $3)
The Penguins are a delight to watch as they preen their fellow mate for life and if you are brave enough to swim in the icy temperatures you can frolic with them between the beautiful pre-historic looking boulders.