My return to Cape Town was accompanied by my first use of Couchsurfing, a service that I’d heard a great deal from traveling in South America earlier this year as well as from friends.
My gracious hosts were Alex and Talia, a sweet couple in Observatory. We went to several area markets and then had a siesta-style rest at midday. Their home was all the things that make me excited to return to Anchorage.
Neighborgoods Market has it’s sister in Joburg. I was overwhelmed by how white the whole market was and expensive too (the two, not surprisingly, often got together). Still, I did manage to get a homemade peanut butter ice cream. Yum.
The other market was more of a smorgasbord and was held in town, in the Company Gardens. There was vintage clothing, clothing made-in-china, a slew of tourist chotchkes, and biltong (dried meat) of course. Then there were stalls of the as-seen-on-tv stuff with the vendors going full blasts and competing for audience as they chopped onions, whipped milk, and fit a closet of clothes onto one hanger.
All with the beautiful Table Mountain as a backdrop.