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Day 19 – Exploring Cape Town again

A Historical Look

rain 60 °F

Since today is a game day, we used this one to explore the remaining areas of Cape Town that were on our list. We travel on foot to a brand new area as we visit the District 6 museum. This rather small museum portrays the history of apartheid and its effects on ordinary people (some 60,000 people were evicted from their homes and their homes and neighborhood was bulldozed to the ground). You can imagine our surprise as we also ran into Katie Couric there as well. The floor was also quite interesting as it was a hand drawn map of the area.
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From there, we walked to the Castle of Good Hope. It was perfect timing as we got to witness the ceremonial changing of the guard. The drummers were quite impressive – have you seen the movie Drumline? The grounds were very interesting and included some displays regarding their Carnival (Mardi Gras) as well.
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Next to the Castle, was the Fan Fest and we thought for a moment about staying there for the Paraguay vs. Japan game. However, it was starting to rain, there was a line forming to get in and we still had other things to see. So we walked across town to the Bo-Kaap (Muslim) area for lunch. It poured during our very long lunch at Biesmiellah; which serves traditional Cape cuisine (which seems like Indian food to me, but we’ve been told repeatedly that it is not).
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We watched the first half of the Paraguay vs. Japan game at the cottage as we dried out our clothes and bundled up for the cold and rainy night game night. But since it was no longer raining and the taxis can’t get that close to the stadium, we made the stroll again. We stopped the O’Driscolls Irish pub to check the score and the last minutes of regulation time. But it was way too hot for the amount of clothes we had on, so we continued on towards the stadium. We found a nice Canadian and Italian couple to take our extra tickets and got inside for the game extremely early.
The seats were good, about the same as the first game. They showed the penalty kicks from the Paraguay/Japan game on the stadium screen. We were really excited to see Spain as we know a lot of their players and have never seen them play live before. They really play well as a team and really dominated the game as Portugal rarely got the ball forward.
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In keeping with the theme of seeing new sights in Cape Town, we accidentally walked out of the North gate instead of the South and added an additional ½ mile to the long walk home – as we were quite tired from all the walking this day. But luckily, it was a bit cooler, but no rain from the time we set out from the game, so at least we were dry.

Quip of the day: “I know this Cape Malay food is totally different from Indian food, but I just can’t tell you how.”

Posted by wc2006 06:37 Archived in South Africa Tagged events

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