05.31.2011 60 °F
I woke up Sunday morning after finally getting a good nights sleep and was almost worried because everyone sounded like they were getting ready to go somewhere, and what would I do, in South Africa, alone, on my first full day. Luckily when I was getting breakfast one of the Dutch girls, Setfanie asked if I wanted to join them to go to Constantia, I asked what it was and they said “they heard it had a lot of nice nature” since I had nothing else to do I joined along! There was a group of 9 of us and one great thing about living here is that everyone is extremely welcoming and friendly.
Constantia is actually the oldest and largest wine growing area in South Africa, it borders Table Mountain National Park and although you have great views of Table Mountain from nearly every corner of Cape Town the placement gives you a spectacular perspective. Is is rated the 3rd best attraction in Cape Town and a must see during your stay!
Unfortunately since it is now Winter in this part of the world it was quite chilly, about 15 C which is 60 degrees Fahrenheit. (It's a good thing that I have caught on quickly to the metric and other systems that only the United States do not use. I have been asked why we don't use the other systems and my best response has been that we think we are better than everyone else, but I plan on investigating into the real reasoning.) It was very overcast and rainy that day so as soon as we arrived we hurried into a restaurant, Simon's at Groot Constantia. The restaurant was extremely nice, it has a contemporary décor and was an extremely relaxing environment. Since there were 9 of us we waited in one of the outdoor dining areas in a lounge until we were seated, we all ordered hot chocolate which I must say is not even comparable to any hot chocolate I have had in the past. Everywhere that I have ordered or seen hot chocolate it is made the same way and is so divine! We were finally seated at a table that was in the middle of one of three main dining rooms, the food was amazing and the company was even better.
After our late lunch we walked out of the restaurant to a few buildings away and took a tour of the wine cellar, where I learned a plethora about the types of wines made in South Africa and wine making as a whole. Not to say the most exciting part was seeing the wild Baboons, it was exciting for me but they are actually very dangerous and during the warmer months are very detrimental to the wine making process because they really enjoy eating all of the grapes in the fields. After the tour we were on our way to drive home but not before being stopped by a Baboon walking through the street.
The best part of the whole day would have to be the humor and goofiness of all of the Dutch people, I was laughing so hard at lunch that I was nearly in tears. I'm not sure if it is their culture and the way they were brought up or something with their accents but living here is like throwing all of your funniest friends into a room and just watching the hilarity unfold.