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Posted on: Thursday, 22 April 2010

Random Perfection – A different False Bay

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It’s not every day that ‘perfection’ happens, we don’t expect it to happen and most often we miss out on it because we are too busy looking and seeking something that will make a day worth wile… but then every so often one of those perfect days creeps up on you without any warning. You experience a moment, a moment that you feel like holding onto forever. You almost want to take a little piece of it and put it somewhere for use on a cloudy day …

Early on a Saturday morning we set out to explore Cape Town not expecting more than a train ride and good food. At Brackenfell station we buy our ticket into the city and wait on our train in the coldish morning sun. From far away we hear the sound of train … A rhythm starts beating in my heart along with the clack-clack of the train on its rail. It stops. We didn’t expect it to happen this fast but this train is not waiting on anyone. As we struggle through almost closed doors we laugh at the moment in which we literally got caught up in. We have never been on this trip so if one of us gets left behind it might just end up in a totally unexpected event…

The train stops at Cape Town station. We decide to explore The Cape Town Castle which is just across the road from the station. In the many years that I have know this city, this would be the first time that I have crossed the stream that would take me into a different century. We have to run to be in time for the cannon demonstration, carefully the process of preparing it is shown and then… The day starts with a bang.

Cape Town Castle - Castle of Good Hope

We explore every nook and cranny of The Castle and tiredly find our way to a patch of grass where we decide to just sit down and watch the other tourists. Then the cannon echoes again, a perfect sound that fills the courtyard and resonates into your soul.

A day pass from Cape Town Station to Simon’s Town only costs you R30 but the experience is worth a million smiles. The train starts following its own way … past Woodstock, Newlands, Mowbray and finally we get to smell the morning as given by Muizenberg. One more station. Kalk Bay. Already starving we head off and find Cape to Cuba for a view over the harbour and food that stops you from talking out of fear that you might miss one moment of what the spices are sharing with your palette. The afternoon sun gently shares its heat with us as we chat whilst waiting for our bill.

Next stop Kalk Bay harbour. With fishing boats completing a perfect picture we share the excitement of everyone here. The fisherman’s wives are selling Snoek and Tuna; it’s almost as if they are auctioning the fish in their rhythmic trained chanting of prices. ‘Snoek Meneer, Tuna, R3o ‘n vissie, Harders…” The chant carries on long after we have left.

Kalk Bay

As we walk along the peer the world becomes still. The sound of water accompanied with a silent breeze makes you breathe deeply. False Bay is taken in with every detail it has to offer. It feels like there might not be enough memory to save everything. You cannot miss out on a single picture. We sit there, staring…

Kalk Bay has a wonderful collection of Antique and pawn shops. Every piece of furniture and old newspaper helps your imagination seek its story. Intricate detail on every piece of wood allows you to put forward a hand and explore the textures. The rooms are filled to the brim with a thousand people’s histories. Every few metres we are taken into a similar experience.

The sun starts to show us a beautiful orange and we’ve not been able to get to half of what we thought we would see, but you can’t plan days like these, perfect moments do not care for your careful planning. We decide on a last stop at Muizeberg before heading back.

False Bay

Muizenberg is still alive with surfers and couples walking their dogs. We buy something to drink at a nearby café and watch the waves come in. We have to sit closer to each other as the wind has now become chilly. Words escape us. One cannot retell an experience like this, one can but share it with that person sitting next to you. It’s an experience that is instantaneously taken up in long term memory…

The train takes us back along with many others on their way to enjoy a weekend night. Eagerly they chat and we are swept up into the night with the rest of the world.

For one day we were alone, the world did not exist we got to be swept away in a perfect moment…

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Wanda Coustas

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Wanda Coustas has written in one form or another for 10 years, seven of them as a copyblogger. She has travelled the Western Cape extensively and the rest of the country in protracted road trips that have given her both joy and an ongoing relish for experiencing what she writes about first-hand. She is a trained opera singer, poet, eurythmy dancer, philosopher, and bee whisperer.

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