Still fighting jet lag even with taking drugs to fall asleep we can’t seem to wake up early. This was our last day to spend here before we had to get to the airport around 3:30. We had to choose between Table Mountain or Kirstenbosch Gardens and Rhodes Memorial. Today would have been the day to go up the mountain since it was clear but we realized we did not have enough time. But we had a pleasant surprise when we visited the Rhodes Memorial. It was high up on a hill and we still had an amazing view of Cape Town. The Memorial and park was gorgeous. You can see in the photos that the views are awesome. Rhodes is the Rhodes Scholar and Rhodes college/Oxford and the little country know as Rhodesia which is now Zimbabwe. He actually made his own country. With the help of a few diamonds and such. Kind of cool if you think about it. We then drove next door to the Kirstenbosch Gardens.
1100 acres of stunning gardens. We could not even get through it all.
Unfortunately the thing I remember most is a pair of uber creepy looking spiders on one of the paths. These were huge and black and hairy and hanging on webs. I nearly fainted. We are not back in Kansas anymore! I hope I don’t find anything close to that in bed any night while here. I tried to get a photo but was not willing to get that close. Overall the place was amazing. They have a summer concert series there like we do in Seattle at the zoo or winery. Did not recognize any of the bands though. Tonight’s band was Mi Casa? Anyone heard of them? I just hope they are better than what we’ve been hearing on the radio so far. The music is horrible. Nothing worse than Euro Techno. At least in my point of view. After lunch we made our way to the airport and flew back to Johannesburg. Our permit gal Adele who was babysitting our rifles had just finished getting the team through customs on the other end of the airport and met us and escorted us to the hotel.
In the lobby was everyone. Of course a bit dreary from travel but in good spirits. I caught up a little with a few people but we will have two weeks to do so together. I only get to see many of the team members at matches around the country so it is nice to see them. I am curious about Bloemfontein. I hear it is a farming town. Perhaps like a Yakima or Spokane. Sorry those names only mean something for my NW friends to know those towns. Talk to you soon gang!