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Hiking in Kalk Bay Caves: Treasure Africa

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Because I’m busy writing about, well, lots of things, I’ve not yet been able to document my bat encounter at the Kalk Bay Caves. However, if you want to see some good pics (sorry, the bats were camera shy but good lord, do I actually still have muscle definition in my arms???) and Pierre from TreasureAfrica‘s write up, check out this link.

Witnessing My First Crime in Cape Town

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I jogged past my first crime scene in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Around 8 a.m., I was running on Beach Road (the main thoroughfare hugging the coastline) near Clifton. Clifton is a well-to-do neighborhood north of where I’m staying in Camps Bay. And by well-to-do, I mean ‘superstars own second homes here’ well-to-do.

Unfortunately, many of these superstars might be rich enough to buy $2 million dollar apartments, but they’re not rich enough to buy coveted garage parking space. Thus, many residents and short-term holiday makers are forced to park their porsches on the street (you know where this is going, don’t you?)

This particular resident owned a shiny, less than a year old, midnight blue BMW. Unfortunately for him, on this morning, it was sitting propped up on bricks, missing its tires. The owners had recently discovered it, and were looking at the car grimly with a security guard. I clucked in disapproval and kept on running, trying to remember if I’d ever seen a car sans tires before, or if it was just one of those Hollywood movie images that transposed itself into my brain and made me think I had actually witnessed it in real life.

On my return pass, I became aware of some shattered glass on the ground, possibly from the headlight. The rest of the car looked undamaged. However, when I saw the trunk, my brows furrowed in confusion, for a huge, gaping hole had been made in it. About a foot in diameter, it looked as if someone had taken a large ax and hacked through, and then pulled back the metal. I assumed that whomever had done this was looking for goodies stashed ‘safely away in the boot’.

However, when I returned home, Ben told me about a recent spate of thieves hacking open BMWs to steal wheels. Apparently, that is where the special wrench is kept to remove the super-pricey tires and rims. Who knew?

My question is this: Beach Road is a busy road. All hours of the night busy. Kinda like, well, the Kloof Road that they mention in the article linked above. How the hell did a group of people manage to hack a hole in metal, put a car up on bricks, and steal a full set of tires and rims????

I Have Fleas

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
No, honest. I was wondering what all these little random bites were on my legs, arms and knees. They were too small to be spider bites or even mosquito bites and too spaced out for bedbugs. I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Posting to SA Blog

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
I've finally gotten my act together and I've started posting guide-type information on South Africa Blog. Ben is doing an awesome job, I'm just trying to help him bulk up his content. I'll link the individual entries ... [Continue reading this entry]

Celebrating Eid in Cape Town

Thursday, January 12th, 2006
From the 'totally random travel experience' files comes my first ever Eid celebration. Eid is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the start of the haji, or trip to Mecca. Last night, I met up with a BootsnAll insider ... [Continue reading this entry]

I Miss My Bike: Cycling in Cape Town

Monday, January 9th, 2006
Although most South African's winter holiday offically ended today, more than a few have decided to extend their vacation to spend more time soaking up the rays, eating, and, well, working out. Honestly, I can say that I've never seen as ... [Continue reading this entry]

Pictures From Table Mountain

Sunday, January 8th, 2006
I climbed Table Mountain today, starting from the house. Unlike Kili, it wasn't a very clear walking path, and consisted of a lot of bouldering/scrambling up the rock face. I'm definitely going to be a little sore tomorrow, but ... [Continue reading this entry]

Cape Town Doctor

Thursday, January 5th, 2006
My life seems to be ruled by two doctors right now. One is the Cape Town doctor - wind version. The Cape Town doctor is the southeasterly wind that blows in and 'cleans' out the Cape. Especially in Camps ... [Continue reading this entry]