|View from the plane.|
I've returned home after almost a week in Cape Town, visiting the very special Ilse. I was there last about 10 years ago, so it was as though I was visiting a different country for the first time. The first thing one notices naturalls is that imposing mountain, recently named one of the new seven wonders of the world, and without whose outline all graphic design in Cape Town would suffer an identity crisis. Then there is the working public transport system. In Gauteng, I have lost all oversight, because I have no idea how the buses, minitaxis and trains ( except for the Gautrain) operate. In Cape Town, there is an entire system with clearly marked routes and stations and it was just wonderful. No driving!!!!!!! Well, if you want to go further out of the city, you do need a car, or you could use a taxi service or find a friend with a car. But overall it was just so liberating not to have to be stuck in traffic and to observe all the people around us instead of being isolated in one's own vehicle.
Man, Cape Town was just superb. It was like eating a gourmet sandwich after a lifetime of McDonalds.