D: Last weekend our big happy family (or the group we spend every second of every day together) went to Cape Town because we had a five-day weekend; you mad Nick Matra? Friday we had off for Freedom Day and Tuesday for Workers Day. We shacked up in a hostel; I was prepared to get dragged out of Cape Town by my ankles at the end of the weekend (right Red??).
We arrived on Friday morning prepared to hike Table Mountain. Unfortunately we couldn’t due to weather, so we headed down to the Waterfront, Cape Town’s version of Navy Pier
We then headed over to Camp’s Bay, a wealthy suburb of Cape Town along a nice beach.
(Guys, we’re never going to get this moment back - M. Conroy)
I was yelling at Molly about something. She was probably making fun of me for being myself. (M: For obviously posing so someone would take a picture of him…dat timeline shot with hair blowing in the air and toes in the water)
After playing at the beach for a while we got some dinner and went back to our hostel before heading out. We went to this bar called Zula’s and saw a live band perform and it turned Morgan’s birthday at midnight. Great start to the weekend.
That morning we went to Old Biscuit Mill, a big, open air food market. It was really touristy and a sorority girl’s dream (Molly can confirm this), but I shouldn’t complain because my sirloin steak sandwich was awesome. (M: I had a gourmet crepe and the best hot chocolate i’ve ever had in my life)
On returning to our hostel we decided to go see a park called The Company’s Gardens (girls do different things than boys).
I don’t know why she does the things she does. Zoom in on her face. (M: Climbing trees is fun. Just fact)
Brian thought it’d be a good idea to feed the squirrels.
Until it bit him and he had to throw it off. Big ups to the tetanus vaccine!
After, we went to a museum. Hard to argue with a $1.50 entrance fee.
We had to sneak this photo in while security wasn’t looking. There was also a twin’s exhibit where they had films of two twins talking about their experiences. Miss you Dane. Also, you need to respond to my Facebook posts. My ratio is not so great right now.
That night we went out to a nice dinner for Morgan’s birthday. Afterward we went out on Long Street, the main place where college kids go out. Most of the group went out to a champagne bar (M: champagne LOUNGE); I didn’t know those existed. At the end of the night I ended up falling asleep on the couch in the hostel common room, classic me right?
The next day we all got a pretty late start. With Table Mountain ruled out due to time we decided to hike up Lion’s Head, another mountain bordering Cape Town.
We had to be up at 5 AM the next day for shark cage diving… Tough to complain about that. I was just hoping it didn’t come to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri2Khr4eP90 . I was hoping more for this :
M: Monday we woke up at 5am and drove 2 hours to Gansbaai for Shark Cage Diving. We always take buses. Buses are the worst (D: I love our bus rides). I get mildly claustrophobic and yell obscene things out the windows to vent my rage (not really, but I do complain a lot)… Anyhow, we arrive in Gansbaai by 7am and meet our captain, a guy by the name of Brian McFarlane- also known as the sharkman (D: He’s essentially quints from Jaws http://moviebuzzers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/jaws-quint.jpg). He’s made several experiences on Discovery Channel, including “Dirty Jobs.” We’ve been talking about spirit animals a lot on this trip, and Brian McFarlane’s spirit animal is most definitely a great white shark.
We get on the boat and head over to Shark Alley, the stretch of ocean between Seal Island and Bird Island that is infamous for attracting tons of Great Whites.
They give us awesome orange ponchos to stay warm.
The crew chums the water with a gross tuna concoction and then throw in a seal dummie to bait the sharks. It takes maybe 5 minutes before our first shark arrives and they yell for 8 people to get in wet suits. We happened to be in this first group. After suiting up, we get in the cage off the side of the boat. The cage is partially above water so that you don’t need a snorkel or air—the crew yells when the shark is near and that’s when you duck underwater.
To sum things up— four sharks ended up coming. I was being a cocky brat (D: strong second) about how I scuba dive a lot in cool places and wouldn’t be impressed with some lame sharks… My expectations were far exceeded. Great whites are enormous and terrifying.
At one point, Devin and I were in the corner of the cage and a shark came directly underneath us. I had to back against the cage to keep from touching its fin.
D: That’s me holding the camera. I could have touched it… but I didn’t. I wussed out.
D: Ya boi snapped this from underwater. Their sheer size is astounding. Hard to put into words.
Shark diving was a great phenomenal way to attend our Cape Town weekend. Went back to Stellenbosch with sooo many new experiences (D: Making memories with friends is fun). YOLO.