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Why I’ve Been Sick, or, Contaminated Water and Why it Sucks

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

So, I mentioned to my mother that I thought that I might be developing an allergy to dairy because my stomach has been gnarly on-and-off since I left Tanzania. I had some sort of treatment when I got to SA, but it didn’t really seem to work, and I was upset my stomach issue had come back. Being the thoughtful type, mom suggested that it might be a water-borne illness (warning: it’s nasty). After speaking to a doctor, it could also be e. coli, but since it has been a month, and the fact I don’t eat meat, I’m leaning toward the water-borne giardia. Sean mentioned picking up some Cipro in Nairobi – I have some left over from my RTW and am going to give it a shot. (Side note: Anyone else from the Kili trip feeling out of sorts? I realize most normal humans would have gone back to the doctor a second time by now, but I really did just blame it on Africa, and since I’m still here, well……)

Last Week in Cape Town

Monday, January 30th, 2006

It’s my final few days in Cape Town before I head off to Amsterdam to meet up with one of my best friends, Alli. I’ve got a lot of writing to do for South Africa Blog before I head off – I’m hoping for 20 posts! Tonight it’s back to the Clifton drums – I have little else planned except for goodbyes and writing. Look for a big ‘ol link up to all my SAB writing before I head out.

Losing at the J&B Met

Saturday, January 28th, 2006
So...luck wasn't exactly on my side today as Sean and I headed to the J&B Met. This horse race is Cape Town's social event of the summer with more anorexic girls and their dragged-along boyfriends than you can ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hodge-Podge

Friday, January 27th, 2006
Totally beat after a long day - went swimming in an outdoor saltwater pool, spent the day tasting artisan cheeses and drinking wine and taking notes for future articles and finished off the night with dinner at a Cape Malay ... [Continue reading this entry]

Watching Cape Town Burn: Table Mountain Fire

Thursday, January 26th, 2006
One of Cape Town's most treasured icons is burning tonight. A fire began this afternoon near the city center. High winds of up to 50 miles per hour quickly carried the flames to other areas of dry shrubbery, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Braai? Braai!

Thursday, January 26th, 2006
Last night I experienced the essential South African experience - a braai. Well, the truth be hold, it's more of an Americanized-version of a braai: aka, a BBQ. We had booze, we had buns, we had boerworst and, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Fine Dining in Cape Town

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
So, I've had the pleasure of dining at two of Cape Town's nicer restaurants in the past 24 hours - Five Flies and Azure in The Twelve Apostles Hotel (linkes are to my reviews). Although everything was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Clifton Beach Drums

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
Every Monday night - especially during the warm summer months - Clifton's second beach is taken over by African drum enthusiasts, fire-dancers, capoiera players, belly dancers and those of the chill-and-drink ilk. People gather on the beach for a picnic ... [Continue reading this entry]

Excuse me sir, is that a cockroach on the wall??

Saturday, January 21st, 2006
An important goal for my time in South Africa is to eat as much stellar seafood as one possibly can. Being that it's a Saturday night, I thought it was an excellent time to work on such a goal. I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Power Outage in SA

Friday, January 20th, 2006
You know you're in Africa when...the power goes out for 8 hours. Thankfully, I was on a bike tour. It was only 25 miles, but hey, it's better than nothing! Of course, all about it in the ... [Continue reading this entry]