After our tour of Robben Island we decided to go to lunch and walk around Cape Town a bit. Unfortunately I did not take as many pictures as I should have during this leg of our day. We stayed down by the water front and took in the atmosphere of this tourist town. We walked around and grabbed lunch at a restaurant right by the water front. The wait staff was very polite and was very attentive. As I said in other posts, service in South Africa is top notch and the people who work in service seem to be extremely grateful to be serving customers.
After we ate we proceeded to walk around and take in the atmosphere. We went to the mall and saw how similar the mall in Cape Town felt to the malls in America. We also got a chance to take a picture with one of the signs that says “Table Mountain”, with the back drop obviously being Table Mountain. These signs are actually sprawled out around Cape Town for tourists to take pics with.
The first thing that I would say that I didn’t not expect while in Cape Town was the obvious European influence in its architecture (obviously if you know the history of South Africa this isn’t that surprising). Even though I haven’t been to Europe yet, I could imagine, that this is how some places there would look. Although there are a lot of Black people in Cape Town, I would say I was also surprised at the diversity. There were Indians, Chinese, and White people. It felt a little bit like Trinidad to me.
After the wedding my boyfriend and I went to the Airbnb that we were staying in on the property of Val De Vie. This place was HUGGGEEEE. We stayed there along with some of the other wedding guests. One thing that we had no idea of until we got there was that this was the exact same house that Prince Harry stayed in when he came to Val De Vie. We were mind blown once we found this out by seeing a picture of him and the house attendant standing in the house. Considering we all paid about $150 each for two nights, we couldn’t believe that we were staying in the same place as Prince Harry. “If it’s good enough for Prince Harry, It’s good enough for me” became my motto for our stay there. Our Airbnb also came with a house attendant who made us breakfast each morning. Once again I can not stress how amazing the people were while we were there. The lady was the care taker of the house, as the owners of the house only used that home to vacation, was amazing. She was so kind and warm and she seemed very happy to see black people renting out the home.
The house attendant who made us a wonderful breakfast
Us eating breakfast. If you look closely you can see the glass windows that are open up to a small pond
The day after the wedding my family decided to have a braai (BBQ) at the cottages where my parents and other relatives were staying. All guests were invited! Because it was New Years Day many places, including some grocery stores, were closed so we decided that we should purchase some extra food just in case there wasnt enough food for everyone. We all came to the consensuses that we should get a few extra buckets of chicken and french fries from KFC. I stand with my statements that KFC tastes wayyyyy better overseas than it does in the United States.
As we were driving off of Val De Vie property, I looked over out of the window, and what did we see but wild Zebra running around! This was so awesome and very unexpected! As we pulled over to look at them it seemed as though they were looking back at us like “What are these stupid humans doing?”. We eventually drove to KFC, got the extra food, and headed to the cottages where the braai would be taking place. Once we arrived it was surely a sight to see as we had to drive through a vineyard to get to the cottages( every place we went in South Africa was a sight to see). It was so great to be surrounded by family, friends, food, and a scenic background for another day!
The morning of the wedding I woke up after three hours of sleep and headed to my sisters cottage to begin the prepping for the day. I got my makeup and lashes done and all of us bridesmaids began doing what we had to do to get my sister ready for her big day. It was December 31st so this meant that we would be bringing in the new year with family and friends and celebrating my sisters big day!
My sister’s wedding was extravagant. It was truly a dream wedding. From the flowers, to the food, to the Rolls Royce that was sent to pick her up, everything was perfect. Her wedding was held at the Val De Vie Polo Club. As mentioned before ,this place is most well-known for Prince Harry taking part of polo matches. This club is in the wine lands and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and made for a beautiful backdrop for my sister’s wedding day. There was a cocktail hour where servers passed around an array of fresh cooked foods (so fresh that I burned my tongue). The servers were also taking requests of any drink that one wanted. Champagne was flowing as a marimba band played. There was also a caricature artist who was drawing pictures of guests. Once the wedding space was opened up to guests we were met with a beautiful place setting with our names on it. We also had a three course meal and an open bar that seemed to be stocked with everything and anything. The servers were amazing. I can not stress how grateful I was to those who worked my sister’s wedding because their kind nature, willing spirit and overall good attitude made the evening that much more pleasant. As midnight struck we all entered the new year together. It definitely was a magical night.
This weekend I will be traveling to Dallas to celebrate my sisters 30th birthday and to take part in her bachelorette party. I am so happy and excited that we will be able to come together with close friends to celebrate both of these events.
Although I am excited I must admit that thinking of going to Texas during this time period makes me somewhat hesitant. Although I love getting together with my friends and my sister and seeing my old stomping grounds, the fact that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidency still has me reeling. Already there have been reports of whites causing harm to minorities verbally and physically. After the election it had me very hesitant to travel anywhere down south because of the different things that I have been hearing. Prior to Trump winning the election, I already felt that Dallas had racial undertones that were apparent in my daily interactions. So I am sure that Trumps victory has invigorated many racist people in that state. Needless to say, I am going just to have fun and just hope that I remain safe.I hope that my short time in Dallas is filled with nothing but fun, friends and laughs.
Planning a wedding is hard…planning a wedding 8900 miles away from the location, is even harder.
As I said before, my sister is getting married in December and her wedding will be taking place in South Africa. She is currently in the Midwest doing her MBA so on top of being in school and trying to keep everything together, she is also planning her wedding.
When I was younger, I always envisioned me having a hand in the planning of my sisters wedding. Being there when she picked her dress, when she went to pick out floral arrangements and bridesmaids dresses…you know the whole shebang, but as life turned out that’s not how things were meant to be. Ever since my sister left to go to college at Stanford University at the age of 17 (I was 15 at the time), she and I have never lived in the same state (except for a 1 year stint I did in Dallas, Texas with her). So my dreams of being hands on in the planning of her wedding was just a dream that should have died many years ago lol.
Since I realized that I would not be able to help her with planning her wedding, I felt that as the maid of honor, I should try to help with something. So I am helping in the planning of her 30th/Bachelorette party that we are having for her next month.
As we did last year we are headed back to Dallas and have invited all of our friends to come with us. Last years festivities were amazing. We drank, we laughed, we danced and most importantly, WE ATE (Because if you dont know by now, Dallas has some bomb restaurants).