My InstaWeek: The One with Obama

June 30, 2013 8:49 pm

Things were looking pretty good on the domestic front at the start of this week, mind with two big deliveries: my gas heater, viagra buy and my shipment. The first was much awaited because houses are freezing here without central heating; the second was much awaited because, well, it brought me all my STUFF from the States, at long last.

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It was really nice being reunited with all my clothes, shoes, bags, disco balls, and assorted knickknacks — now it feels like home.photo_3

The work week ended with another momentous occasion: my very first solo-driving excursion here in Cape Town, after months of avoiding this moment. So where would I go for such an adventure? Straight to the salon, to get my eyebrows did.

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That night I went to Carne SA, a popular restaurant rumored to serve the best steak in Cape Town. Being a professional journalist, it was my obligation to investigate this claim. Verdict? Certainly delicious, but I’ll need to do more comparative research before I can objectively claim it to be the best.

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Saturday afternoon we went for a midwinter picnic at Kirstenbosch. Even on a cold, damp day, the views were lovely.

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Later on a few of us drove out to Gordon’s Bay, about 45 minutes away, to check out the Festival of Lights. Calling the lights display we saw a “Festival” might be a bit of a euphemism, but the vibe there was definitely very festive, from the carnival to the crowds and right down to the guy playing “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland” with gusto…. over and over and over again. I’m a sucker for lovely used bookstores, and we found a rambling old one with oodles of character: Bikini Beach Bookstore. Definitely worth a browse if you’re in Gordon’s Bay. My favorite find was this stash of Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University books. #flashback!

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If I thought the week started out great, it ended with a bang. How thoughtful of President Obama to swing by Cape Town to check in on its newest American expat?

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I’ve never seen Obama speak, so it’s pretty ironic that the first time I did was in Africa. Some folks on the drive up to University of Cape Town, where his address was held, were not quite so happy to see him though.

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Think what you will of his policies, his speech was a momentous one, and I was excited at the opportunity to witness it. I waited about an hour in the cold with some friends, before waiting another hour and a half or so inside listening to a range of local musical acts before the President arrived. And when he did make his appearance, he commanded the crowd, as always. The speech was a little simplistic — nothing groundbreaking going on there — but if there’s one thing Barry knows how to do, it’s work a crowd.

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I even shot my very first InstaVideo – a fuzzy, not very good clip of his closing remarks.

So that’s my eventful InstaWeek! How was yours?

2 Comments

  • Anees (@AmericanBrother)

    Very cool. I saw him when he made that speech in Prague in April 2009. Still during the honeymoon period lol. Let’s just say I didn’t vote for him this time. 🙂