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^^ Things on toast….A delicious German bread with tomatoes. ¬†Is it still bruschetta if its on German bread? I’ll call it Gruschetta?

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^^ Woodland critters… Can you spot the squirrel?

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^^ Spot the squirrel…..Hikes and talks around deer park.

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^^ Weird little bridge over the little stream.

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^^ Lions head.  This is suppose to look like a lion sphinx.

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^^ Pierogi dough getting ready to be made into delicious polish treats.

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^^ Two different kinds of pierogies.  Sauerkraut and squash, equally as good.

Its been raining ¬†here for the last couple of days, and I’m loving these cooler days. ¬†Its finally starting to feel a tad like winter, I would call it late fall kind of weather, but this will have to do. ¬†So bring on the hot cocoa and cuddly days, with wonderful hikes that don’t require me to die of heat stroke!

Company’s Gardens

Company’s Garden is settled right in the heart of the city, and is a huge park with a rose garden, amazing vegetable garden and lots more. ¬†You can’t forget to buy a pack of peanuts to feed to the crazy amount of squirrels following you around. It doesn’t feel all magical and Disney like as Ireland having squirrels following you around, these squirrels seemed rough and like they would take your wallet to go buy their own peanuts. ¬†The views of table mountain is amazing from the gardens.

The gardens were established in 1650’s by Dutch settlers and has South Africa’s first cultivated pear tree that has stood in the gardens since 1652.

Personally the park was a little bit too intense for me, the constant harassment from beggars and  people who just assume your a tourist, trying to scam you was a little bit too much for me, but poverty is a big thing here, I would probably just give the gardens a skip next time.

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^^ Fat squirrels sitting up on the tree.

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^^ This squirrel made a run or my ankles.

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^^ Another squirrel.

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^^ Autumn-y

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^^ Table mountain from the gardens.

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^^ Seagulls always sitting on some statues head.

Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

I’ve decided to start being more proactive, well proactive in things I want to do, because come weekend Carl and I both get upset with our lack of knowing what to do and the typical I don’t know? what do you want to do? can test any relationship, no matter how great it is.

A couple of years ago I remember attending a wedding in Harold Porter, the venue and the wedding stuck with me even if I remember how uncomfortable I felt. ¬†Being stuck at the kiddie picnic blanket will do that to you. ¬†It just proves all advertising is good advertising…I clearly remember the beautiful mountains, little streams, and how it felt like something straight out of lord of the rings. ¬†I didn’t realize it was 90 km away from us, so I was hoping that my memory did not let me down and it wasn’t going to be a completely imagined thing I made up in my head.

The scenic drive is well worth the trip, on one side you have beautiful mountain and on the other endless ocean, after seeing so many signs that said dangerous rock falls, I calmly told Carl I will be the rock look out for the remainder of the drive. ¬†Being with a man that’s just as panicky as I am and drives the speed limit is just wonderful, I laughed so hard when we had a whole string of people behind us and Carl just looked in the rear view mirror and said ” I hope you guys brought snacks, because this is going to be a long, careful drive.”

When we arrived I was relieved to see that it was even better than I could remember. ¬†Little bridges, streams, and mountains everywhere made me feel like I ¬†was finally in paradise. ¬†Children laughing running around and just having fun, gave it a touch of whimsy. ¬†Even the frog that came after me and decided it wasn’t interested in Carl when I made a run for it added a touch of fun to it. ¬†I recommend you take a picnic and just relax and soak up the beautiful scenery and the amazing smell of the fynbos.

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^^ Mountains!

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^^ I just love these proteas so much!

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^^ soft flowing streams.

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^^ Carl saw this mushroom in the beginning of our walk and I failed to get a glimpse of it. ¬†We tried looking for it, but just couldn’t find it.

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^^ Mountains, streams and wonder.

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^^ I love this color.

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^^ Self timer photos are just the best.

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^^ a lot of the hikes were closed due to repairs, but we didn’t mind one bit. ¬†Repairs are a good thing!

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^^ The drive.

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^^ more of the drive.

Bo-Kaap, colorful houses and a lot of people

Bo-kaap is one of the top things to do in Cape town when you google things to do around here, its even on a list of reasons to stay in Cape town, but to be honest they also think a reason to stay is the English bull terrier club.  Why would I want to stay because of a dog club?

Bo-kaap is filled with history, colorful houses and so many people. ¬†I personally didn’t like it much, just because of tour bus upon tour bus of people all trying to walk around these narrow streets, taking photos of the houses. ¬†So many people doing handstands trying to take just the perfect photo and the poor owners just standing on their porch looking really confused. ¬†These cobblestone streets are interesting to walk around, but to be honest, I’ve seen better cobblestones and a quick walk around was enough to satisfy my curiosity.

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^^ really bright houses.

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^^ foot pop

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^^ That guy was just trying to get the most beautiful photo of himself ever.  We had to wait forever to pass them.

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^^ Pretty flowers and a nice way of getting privacy.

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We’ve been going on little walks around the neighbourhood every night when Carl gets home from work. ¬†Walking at 6 – 7 is a peaceful time here, hardly anyone on the streets, just a couple of crazy drivers, driving like the autobahn opened up here or something, its a reasonably peaceful time to talk, catch up, talk about future plans and where we are headed next. ¬†We usually go back home when the hunger starts kicking in, but I really appreciate these little moments with Carl, its been a rough couple of weeks, going from seeing each other all the time for 4 months to hardly seeing each other. ¬†Its especially hard for me, I try with all my might to stay up to talk and cuddle, but all I can seem to do is fall asleep hard, and wake up when Carl asks me if I’m awake, I usually respond with some mumbo jumbo that makes no sense, but hey we always have weekend. ¬†Life lately!

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^^ Walking around in Newlands forest.

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^^ Pretty trees.

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^^ Being a super poser or pretending he’s holding the tree up. ¬†Hmmm, could be both.

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^^ Obviously someone isn’t appreciating nature. ¬†He was just looking for directions out of here.

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^^ Bokaap is filled with these colorful houses!

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^^ Roses on a walk.

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^^ These sunsets!

Boulders Beach

Over the weekend we went on a little adventure drive. ¬†With a car at our disposal there was no stopping us! We decided that the gps lady on Google maps was trying to get us to drive into a river, ¬†so we turned her off and just got to places the good old fashioned way, by looking at all the road signs and hoping you don’t miss one! We had the idea of going to Muizenberg to go have a look at the vintage changing areas, but things started progressing and somehow we ended up at boulders beach. ¬†Everything was just so close! It all just felt like one long town.

After all our fast exploring we decided to go find the penguins! So off we set going the completely wrong way and leading a whole bunch of tourist astray.  When we finally realized nothing was on this side, we turned around, watching more people go the way we came from.  We managed to find the penguins just chilling around the board-walk! Penguins are just the cutest, they are like little babies dressed in tuxedos just waddling around! We even saw a Mommy penguin feeding her baby.  They have a barrier between you and the penguins and very strict signage that warns you of the danger of biting penguins.  So I was quite happy to see these little guys from a distance.

As you continue on the little wooden path you get wowed by the amazing beach. ¬†The clearest blue waters, penguins swimming and 540 million year old granite boulders! God’s creations are truly amazing. ¬†Next time I want to have a swim with the penguins and hope they don’t bite my toes.

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^^ Kelp seems to be the national smell of Cape town. ¬†I’m not a fan.

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^^ Penguin just taking a nap.

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^^ Clear water and a penguin cleaning himself.

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^^ The water still looks beautiful even with all that kelp floating in it.

 

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^^ Excited thumbs up-ing in a small town.

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^^ I found my new best friend, this little guy loved me, before Carl came along and upset him.

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^^ Driving along Muizenberg on a surprisingly cold day.

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^^ Worst quality photo ever! Thanks front camera, you had one job! On top of signal hill, looking down on Cape town.

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^^ Cape town sure knows how to make one beautiful Sunset.

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^^ Carl being handsome.

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^^ Anchor posing.

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^^ Found these pretty little flowers on a walk.

Life around here is starting to pick up, things are cooling down and falling into place. ¬†We drove around false bay, found a horrible medieval festival that was just embarrassing, walked around muizenberg, fish hoek, simon’ town and even went to the top of signal hill. ¬†We tried to pack as much in as possible in over the weekend, seeing as Carl is working on international labor day! Our apartment is starting to look a lot like home, stacked full of our books and wall art. ¬†Home is where ever you hang your wedding photo!

Beach walks

Happy Friday everybody! I’m feeling mighty fine lately, maybe its the cloudy weather or maybe its because when you think about it life really is good right now. ¬† All the blessings in life, no matter how small is worth celebrating! I guess I should do a little dance?

On Wednesday we went on a trip down memory lane with Carl’s dad, all around his old stomping ground, telling us cute little stories, showing us where he used to live. ¬†I always thought I had a really great memory, but wow, Carl’s dad is out of this world!

We stopped for a quick walk on the beach, sometimes when you get caught up in the destination you forget to take a breather and just enjoy the moment and beauty of things. ¬†I never forget, I’m pretty sure I must be the most irritating person to travel with, I just want to experience everything! Except heights, sharks or anything where I don’t feel safe! I’m not a crazy person!

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^^ This lifeguard doesn’t seem to be taking his job that seriously.

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^^ Kelp everywhere.

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^^ Carl and I felt so bad walking on the shells. ¬†It felt like we were destroying someone’s home just for the fun of it.

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^^ I’ve never seen one of these guys ( Blue bottles), but I have heard the horror stories of how the sting of these guys hurts. ¬†I felt really left out as a child, everyone talking about the sting and how horrible it is.

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^^ I really like its color!

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^^ Carl looks really happy with his beach discoveries! On a completely side note, I really hate his glasses, every time it tints up I just see the weird band nerd that no one wants to talk to, because he smells like lady deodorant.

What’s your weekend plans?

Life inside the cloud

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Our new apartment isn’t called steep acres for nothing. ¬†High on the edge of the mountain in-between all the clouds we call home. ¬†The last two days have been glorious! I just love weather that doesn’t feel like your face is going to melt off or such hot weather that you can’t believe your scalp is sweating and getting a sunburn all at the same time, but these last couple of days have been pure bliss. ¬†Cloudy, cuddly and oh, so amazing! ¬†When its cloudy here it means we get engulfed by the clouds, it gives the term your head is in the clouds a completely literal meaning. ¬†I can honestly say its pretty cool. ¬†Pretty cool indeed. So keep your head in the cloud. ¬†Its great up here.

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I’m really grateful for this rain, not because I’m a selfish person that just loved living in Dublin so much that I wan’t to turn Cape Town into Ireland. ¬†No, I’m grateful, because there’s been a serious drought in South Africa and the rain is much needed. ¬†All the little plants look really happy and seem even more vibrant than ever. ¬†On a side note; I happened to see there are some squash growing on the hill next to us, I’m not sure what it is yet, its still at the flowering stage, but you bet I’m going to turn into a serious forager when I see something growing!

Happy Friday!

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life around here has been extremely hot! We’ve been trying really hard to adjust to the intense heat, but wowzers! It’s proved to be a difficult task, but you can’t blame us we just came back from always rainy always slightly cold Dublin. ¬†The flowers, the blue skies and the amazing African sunsets make up for the heat.

The heat has not been our only difficulty. ¬†Trying to find a place to rent in Cape Town is near impossible, ¬†most of these places require a payment of a really nice car to live in a shoe box of a place! ¬†We finally managed to get a place, but now we are waiting for all the credit checks to clear, it also doesn’t help that we’ve been living in Ireland for the last 4 months. ¬† I’m trying to keep my stress levels down to a minimum, but boy is it getting hard. ¬†I have faith that things will work out and we will be all settled in no time.

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^^ Large sunglasses.  Or sunglasses for giants? because everyone deserves to be a hipster, even giants.

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^^Gives a new meaning to talking out your butt.

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^^ Lionshead and magical clouds.

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^^ We met up with my sister and her family and had a picnic in the shade while staring at this big guy.  We were also right by the para-gliders coming down from Signal Hill.  It seems like fun!

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^^ Flowers around every corner!

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^^ Beautiful crab remnants.

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^^ this sunset was amazing! Nothing beats an African sunset and Cape town makes one amazing beach sunset!  A tiny boat, a bird photo bombing what more could you ask for.

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^^ Sitting on the beach is so relaxing.