Tomorrow, I’m heading to Africa. (Although it will probably be today by the time you read this.)
Now, Africa is a big place and I’ve never quite understood why folk write about it as though it’s one globby blob of a place but there we are. I can’t go around breaking every tradition, now can I?
So, tomorrow I’m heading to Africa, in fact to its southernmost tip. I’ll be based in Cape Town and marauding around for over a week as part of the latest iAmbassador scheme (details here if you fancy finding out more.)
I’m actually not going to see a zebra. Nor even go on safari (this fellow was snapped from a drive in Botswana.)
But, like talking about “Africa” in one go, it seems traditional to publish photos that stir up ideas of the savannah – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just that there’s so much more to Africa than the standard tableaus of either safaris or starvation. There’s Morocco and Egypt for a start, at the other end of the continent. There’s the vast waterway of the Okavango Delta and the oldest desert in the world in Namibia, just next door. There’s the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro. The markets of Angola.
And the uber-chic city life of cosmopolitan Cape Town.
I have been to this city before (and believe me, I wish I could show you a photo from that time. I was 21 and in remarkably better shape.)
A lot has changed since then (no snarky comments, thank you.) Next year marks the 20th anniversary since Nelson Mandela came to power and democracy spread across the nation.
Plus, Cape Town will be given the prestigious “design capital of the world” award.
But that’s next year. First there’s tomorrow (or today) and that long, long journey.
At the end of that, however, I’ll get the chance to find out more about that word that makes me tingle, whether or not it should.
Cape Town, South Africa.
After all, no-one can explore a whole continent more than one place at a time.
Join me there?
Internet-permitting I’ll be blogging along as I go on all the usual suspects: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. The group effort will use the hashtag #loveCapeTown but if that’s a bit too much noise for you then you can whittle down to my Cape Town entries by following #CapeLab.
Hope to see you soon! Any suggestion? What should I do while I’m there?