08.01.2011 - 13.02.2011 30 °C
We’ve reached the end of another week and can’t believe how quickly time is whizzing past.
We’re feeling more settled at Ikhaya, and getting to know the kids (and they seem to be getting used to having us around too). We took a lesson together yesterday which was a lot of fun. We had to teach the basic rules of food hygiene. Nick did the teaching and then Claire donned an orange wig and red nose to illustrate how not to do it – she fully embraced the role, picking her nose and wiping the table with her bottom! We named her alter ego ‘Umfinya’ which is the Xhosa word for ‘Snot’. The kids thought it was all hilarious (and most importantly, got the point) but unfortunately the name seems to have stuck, and Claire will have to endure walking through the township with children shouting ‘Snot’ at her for the next fortnight. She regrets not thinking that one through when she suggested it!! Anyway, we’re kind of getting into the groove, and really enjoying ourselves, even on the crazy, noisy days with 70 kids going wild!
We’ve hired a car again for a few days this weekend and are really enjoying the freedom that gives us to travel further afield. We watched a beautiful sunset over Camps Bay last night, a resort on the coastal road between Hout Bay and the City.
This morning, we finally made it up Table Mountain (third attempt). We didn’t get off to a great start when the cable car was closed, initially because of the wind, and then because of maintenance, but after waiting for an hour, we were on the first cable car up the mountain, and were the first people to get off it at the top. We spent a lovely few hours up there, getting away from the crowds to hike a few kilometres to Macleor’s Beacon, the highest point on the mountain.