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Oct 9, 2012

Travel Part One

 

I’ve been thinking about life among other things and have come to the conclusion that I am not a person who likes to sit in an office and pound away on a keyboard…

 
Me, I love the outdoors, I love to see country sides, landscapes and seascapes. I love to meet interesting people on their travels around our beautiful country. Why can I not do it then? I think I should! I came to this realisation on my recent trip with my best friend to Mossel Bay.

We had no choice but to stay at a backpackers due to budget constraints and found it to be quite enjoyable. I mean, accommodation is cheap, people are relaxed and friendly and there’s always something interesting happening somewhere that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg to do. So, that is the best way to get around South Africa, or any country for that matter. Sure, there’s that little thing of communal bathrooms and kitchen and if the budget is really tight, you share a room too! Come on, don’t be anti-social now…  
Rock pool, created from the beating of the waves and rough tides, Dana Bay didn't present much for me, but then again, I wasn't really feeling up to doing any deep searching.
Some colourful holiday homes for the fortunate few. Great l ittle spot just minutes outside Mossel Bay
2nd Beach, Dana Bay, 20 minutes from Mossel Bay.

Holiday spot just a few minutes outside Mossel Bay


Nature Reserve outside Calvinia

Old derelict roadside stall.
You know, it’s not always about getting to point B as quickly as possible, there’s also that thing of taking in the country side around you. Stopping to stretch the legs every so often is not a bad thing at all… 
A "road works" stop-n-go presented this goled gem in the late afternoon.
The sense of freedom as you drive, wondering what lies ahead.
The spectacular view of driving through the mountain passes of Western Cape.
A barn we spotted thanks to "road works". I loved the contrasting colours of the storm clouds in the distance with the warm sun shining onto the barn and surrounding fields.

 
Beauty In The Storm... This was spotted whilst returning to Cape Town, as taken without any editing, besides to resize for web purposes. Words cannot describe the sense of space, seeing the light in the storm. I risked getting my camera wet for this shot, but I think it was worth it.


Hotel in Hermanus has a great sea view with access to a rocky beach below.
The view from the rocky side of Hermanus Beach looking up to the tourist spots.
 

The beauty of Hermanus
  
These images are just a small part of what South Africa has to offer…
Spotted this whale swimming at The Point, Mossel Bay.

 
Calvinia, a town of neglect as this image shows. This old building doesn't seem like it trades anymore. Been there on two seperate occasions and it was still closed.
 
 These two chaps are just two of the people that still reside in Calvinia. On the left, an ex-convict who spent enough years (as he put it) in a cell on Robben Island, right, just a friendly chap who travelled the Cape with "the whites" until they left him behind in Calvinia.
 
 
 
The view from a look-out at VanRhyn's Pass that borders Western and Northern Cape.

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