University of Cape Town,
This is my grad School. I am pursuing an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure & Management and its not easy for a newbie dad and husband!
It is made worse by all the steps/Stairs you have to take to and from school … the infamous Jemmie steps!
All Hail UCT Jemmie Steps!!! Keep walking.
I will forever remember these steps!!
Lagoon Beach Hotel Terrace,
Lagoon Beach Hotel is not too far from home so every once in a while my wife and I like to go watch the sunset over the Atlantic ocean here. It is nice to watch the sun go down and the lights come up in the city at the foot of the mountain. The scene changes drastically from light to darkness making it all the more interesting. Having learnt how to shoot a timelapse a few weeks ago ( thanx @truthslinger ) I have attempted a few but today I will only share this 20 seconds or so captured over a period of just under an hour …
For those thinking about visiting Cape Town soon this is a nice place to stay and is worth your hard earned dollars! Meanwhile we shall keep enjoying the ambience and the sunsets! So long folks … the sun is about to set – Shabbat shalom!!
Look out for more Time lapses here soon!
Sometimes I like to forget what is going on around me … like the Elections in Kenya. I like to remind me how beautiful Cape Town is and hope that one day maybe Mombasa will be like this … maybe … just maybe.
Cape Town City Centre
Taken from the 3 Towers up in Gardens
# Cape Town was originally named by Bartolomeu Dias as the Cape of Storms. This was because of the terrible storms he had to endure on the East Coast of Cape Town. It was later renamed as the Cape of Good Hope, to please the king of Portugal. The change was made to give the impression that the cape provided hope for a sea route to the East.
# The median age in Cape Town is 26-years-old, with almost half the population less than 24-years-old. Although it’s the youngest official language in the world, Afrikaans is most widely spoken and is home language for 40% of the Cape’s population. The remainder of the population speaks either Xhosa or English as a home language.
# In Cape Town we have a cannon, called the Noon Day Gun, that is fired every day, except Sundays, to signal 12pm/Noon. This is the oldest living tradition in Cape Town. The two cannons that are fired daily have been in continuous use since 1806 when they were first fired at sunset.
The tradition of the midday firing is derived from a Dutch East India company practice, which continued for over 200 years, when a gun was fired at 6am and 9pm to signal the start and end of each day. From 1865 it was fired at 1pm. Only since 4 August 1902 has it been fired at noon, from Lion Battery on Signal Hill above Cape Town.
# Dr Christiaan Barnard, at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, performed the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967. He was also the first to do a heart-lung transplant in 1971 (Morkel, J (2010) 10 Interesting facts about Cape Town;gotravel24.com, March 19)
The N2 from the 3 Towers,
“With cities, it is as with dreams: Everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or its reverse, a fear. Cities like dreams are made up of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else”
As I continue to experiment with black and white (trying not to see things in color … after all I live in South Africa) … I am not able to choose between the 2 views here so I am posting both of them in colour and in black and White!
I live in Century City, one of the nicests places to live in (in my opinion) … very quiet and peaceful. I took this photo of on of our typical streets at dusk and the kind I hope to see in Kenya one day … with all the street lights working!
And below is the Oval, where my wife and I stretch our legs every so often in the quietness of the evenings.
So after months of anticipating and waiting and planning to go up KICC rooftop- When I was available the weather wasn’t friendly and when I got there @5:30 trying for the sunset it turned out that now they close shop at 6pm!! I shall not give up – Nairobi I shall be back once Major Chirchir is done with Al-shabaab!! This time I wont be carrying my tripod up 26 floors for nothing!!
The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town
I thought I was in Ukambani (a Bantu ethnic group who live in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya ) when I landed in Bo-kaap. Their love for colors is unmatched and so I have this suspicion that the occupants of Bo-kaap are direct descendants of chief Kivoi!! at every stweet you hexpect to ear a ‘igh pitched voice saying “waaacha … we museo?” or some ‘Ngulu Mwelela’ playing somewhere 🙂
THE KAMBA ALPHABET(In Kamba Colors)
A FOR HUNDERWEAR (Underwear), B FOR Mboy (Boy), C FOR CEENAKI (Snake), D FOR NDAMBILIU (W), E FOR HEATING (Eating), F FOR Faluamble (valuable), G FOR, NGONJIAS (Gorgeous), H FOR ONI (Horny), I FOR ICCUPS (Hiccups), J FOR NJUIS (Juice) K FOR KLISTOVER (CHRISTOPER), L FOR LEMBO (Label), M FOR MBULO (Bro) N FOR NGILINI (Green), O FOR HOMBIT (Orbit), P FOR FACKING (Parking) Q FOR KWININE (Quinine), R FOR LAIS (Rice), S FOR SONJA (Soldier)
T FOR TOMU (Tom), U FOR YULAINO (Urinal), V FOR FENGETEMBOS (Vegetables) W FOR SII “NDII” (See D), X FOR ENZEL (Excel), Y FOR WHAE (Why), Z FOR NZEKISI (sexy)
Mutua,Dexter,Nzembi – I found your relations!!
7th wonder of the world! My Cape Town … My mountain!!