I call this "Grapes"
I started my Tuesday right with "bubbly" at 9 am and a big South African wine tour guide named Granwell. The cellars were cool, and Granwell told us how wine is made. My favorite place we visited was the second stop, where we had the most delicious wine cheese pairings. I am just a sucker for cheese. Plus, after the first place we went to, where the wine just was flowing, we were all feeling pretty good. Sipping the Sauvignon Blanc and then biting into the Chevin goat's cheese felt like the height of luxury.
Wine & cheese, please!
Goat - I ate your cheese
We were served braai (South African barbecue) at the third place, where there were two Great Danes who were very sleepy and awesome. I said hello to the tortoise there and listened to the rooster shouting at all the other ugly chickens. Some girls were just sleeping in the sun. I was sleepy after that lunch, but the last two places we had some cured meat, chocolate, and, my personal favorite, apricots with our wine. I'm a huge apricot fan now. We finished off strong with some brandy. We hung around outside, appreciating the nice day. Camille walked off for a while, then came back with a giant walking stick. She got the nature award for today.
Let me lay on you
Speaking of, the nature in Stellenbosch is just...I am struggling. It is so beautiful. There is no way to do it justice. Definitely one of the most amazing places I have been. This day was unreal, and we went for Mexican food at the Fat Cactus after. Guacamole was the perfect ending to today. I'm stuffed, but whatever Kristin, my roommate, is making smells like heaven.
Who can't be happy in such a beautiful place?
For those wondering, school starts in a week. This week is basically me getting settled into Forest Hill and Cape Town in general, as well as trying to take advantage of this new world at my fingertips. For example, we went on a Peninsula Tour on Sunday, where we had numerous stops, my favorite of which was the Cape of Good Hope. I just hung out on this rock, where I probably could have spent hours just watching the sea and waving to Antarctica. Yesterday we went to the beach, so beautiful. I took back a mussel shell. Grace and I tried to make pasta, but it was weird. Weird pasta. I want to hike Lion's Head (a mountain here) and meet some penguins and explore Cape Town and the Waterfront later in the week. Also, tomorrow there is a township braai called Mzoli's and an activities fair on campus.
The Guest Cat is getting more and more captivating each day. Here's a cool quote from it that doesn't really have much to do with anything, but I thought it was important enough to write it down:
"What's interesting about animals, my wife explained, is that even though a cat may be a cat, in the end, each individual has its own character."
So true, thinking of Stella, my kitties at home, and their goofy personalities.