Sunday 4th March
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Hey everyone (again)
Check out how very up to date we are now! No more of this "You're a week behind" rubbish Jon! The day hasn't even finished yet and I'm writing up what we did today (which I think deserves 50 points Keith)
So today we got up really late, again despite waking up quite early, but to be fair we'd been at the festival last night so we needed sleep, and lots of it. Dennis woke us up by being stupidly loud and packing his back, but then again it was his birthday so I guess we can cut him a little slack, although not much because he really was very very loud. We lazed around upstairs for a bit, then eventually trundled downstairs to make some breakfast, I had a heffer fruit salad again, Sophie had peanut butter on toast, a banana and a kiwi (you know what, I really don't know why anyone would be interested in what we'd eaten but hey maybe I'll look back and want to remember).
We had planned to go to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens today, but needed to go to the internet cafe first for a bit to update this site, upload some more photos (check them out we've got about four new albums) and send some necessary emails (and of course, do some facebooking! Yes I know we're lame.)
Then after a while there wandered back up to the hostel to get changed and booked a cab to go to the gardens. It was a Sunday (as it still is, funnily enough) and on Sundays they hold concerts at the gardens so we planned to go and see whoever was on, but it was more expensive so when we got there we just thought we'd look at the gardens for a bit. They were quite pretty, think I would have been more appreciatitive (spelling?) had the sun been shining, the grey kind of put a downer on it.... but the plants were very green and the place is clearly very well tended. Then we went to the "endanged plants" area, and one look at a tombstone dedicated to a flower that died out just set me off and we managed to get the giggles again for a good ten minutes. We also had great fun posing as intrepid explorers in the jungle sections, like the true mature adults that we are. We then found this split path with wooden steps going up a little hill so we thought, hey let's go up here and see what it is. About an hour or so of vertical clambouring later we started speaking to this man who we passed, who informed us that we were about 45 minutes from the top of Table Mountain and we'd been trekking up the Skeleton Gorge (!) How this managed to escape our notice I do not know. Anyway it's not safe to go up there alone (particularly at night and it was getting dark) so we began making our way down using a different trail called the Constantian Trail (or something similar) and half sauntered half ran along this (we saw some other people running and decided to be energetic and copy them. Needless to say we only lasted about 5 minutes and then were like, No, hills are for walking.) We eventually got down to base camp again after some serious views from a bridge (including two waterfalls that had dried up, South Africa is really experiencing a water shortage - those of you who leave the tap running when you clean your teeth should be ashamed of yourselves). Then we managed to actually go through the concert area anyway because this kind guard let us take the shortcut because we promised we were just going home. Then we got a cab back to the lodge and I came on here to write this entry! Now we're about to have dinner, Sophie is having stirfry and I'm having mango, then we're just going to chill out with Kia and Stina for the evening as Sunday should be a day of rest and we have been WAY too active!
P.S. I broke my detox again, rather severely, so I have decided to abandon it and just eat healthily. Yeah, like that's going to happen.