John put together another video, this one of Exploring Cape Town.
CapeTown Images from John Gill on Vimeo.
Here is an audio of the jackass penguins. I’d been told they were called this because of the noise they make. If you’ve ever heard the bray of a donkey, you’ll understand why. Have a listen! The Song of the Jackass Penguins
Our trip to South Africa is a pilgrimage of sorts, on behalf of [...]
A kite boarder enjoying the wind.
I have a bit of sand in my eye. The wind here is crazy. In our first apartment up on the north side of Cape Town, we were sheltered by the building. Our view looked away from downtown, following the wind north toward Bloubergstrand. We would sit in the [...]
There are parking are parking attendants everywhere. We never end up with much change in our pockets at the end of the day. In some countries, every few days we have to back up a check stand line to sort through and spend the coins that come back to us in change. Here, we are [...]
We made a drive the other day to Cape Point and to the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Point was crowded and foggy. Just to the West, the Cape of Good Hope was lovely. Besides, it is the name we all learned in school, anyway.
Wildlife. A female ostrich. We hoped to see baboons, [...]
White Christmas Dreams, or fun on the beach.
It is not that we’ve spent every winter holiday season at home. We even spent another white sand Christmas under the sun in Mexico. But, even in those years where we left home, we first had our own tree and our own decorations pulled out of [...]
Cape Town from Bloubergstrand, a place popular with windsurfers and kite boarders. Table Mountain is covered with the clouds they call the tablecloth.
Lions Head from the top of Signal Hill
A hawker at one of the markets in Cape Town. We really liked this painting, but it might be a bit hard to [...]
Atop Table Mountain
Unbelievably, this is our last day in town, we’ll move on to a place south of here tomorrow. Cape Town has filled our senses. The colors, sights, and sounds are all larger than life; but also emotional senses, like hope and kindness and joy.
Our sight was filled with the most amazing fare. [...]
The soft white sand of a beach near Cape Town, South Africa.
Each time we arrive in a new place, its character unfolds slowly to us. Some bits are in our faces, others must be coaxed out like a shy child. Sometimes, we are mistaken, and a place grows on us or something causes us [...]
One of the hornbill residents of the World of Birds. Many of the birds in this wildlife sanctuary are injured and come here to rehabilitate.
This bird ran over to us at the fence and pecked my camera lens, hard. Too funny, but thankfully was not an eye.
A Gap Year Redux~
It was nice to be home, surrounded by friends for a few weeks. The sense of love and belonging I get from those I choose to surround myself with is such a central part of my life. Although the months spent just the four of us are not without love and humor, [...]
They are all sleeping, I guess I should try to stay awake. We’re in Frankfurt, in the gap between two red-eye flights, both mid-afternoon and the wee hours of the morning. I slept a little on the flight, and am not completely wiped out, yet. John and the girls are draped over chairs, wilted.
Thankfully, we [...]