YiOu stands on a rock below Lions Head in front of the Twelve Apostles.
South Africa

Cape Town

In many ways, Cape Town reminded us of the Bay Area. San Francisco has the Pacific and Mount Tam. Cape Town has the Atlantic and Table Mountain. Both cities are clean, safe, culturally interesting, and have hot tech scenes. And like our beloved Bay Area, Cape Town has its own wine country. After spending ten days in the city, we visited Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the Bay Area analogs of which would be Sonoma and Napa. The vineyards directly abut the surrounding mountains, and the contrast between the orderly rows of vines and the rocky, irregular slopes of the valleys was stunning. We also visited Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, which is home to some incredible flora and fauna. Thousands of fur seals live on an island just off the coast, and Right Whales are frequent residents as well. The plant biodiversity of South Africa is off the charts, and Grootbos is home to thousands of species. It also has an excellent network of running trails and fire roads.

Cape Town, we will be back.

The food and produce at the Oranjezicht outdoor market is legit. We felt like we were at the Farmer's Market in San Rafael, but with better live music.
The food and produce at the Oranjezicht outdoor market is legit. We felt like we were at the Farmer's Market in San Rafael, but with better live music.
Sean Pont
We had a fun and delicious dinner at Mama Doreen's House with Master Chef Jade De Wall.
We had a fun and delicious dinner at Mama Doreen's House with Master Chef Jade De Wall.
YiOu Wang
Lion's Head and Table Mountain bisect the city, casting shadows and causing traffic. I say get rid of them.
Lion's Head and Table Mountain bisect the city, casting shadows and causing traffic. I say get rid of them.
Sean Pont
YiOu gears up for the descent into Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Why drive around the mountain when you can run over it?
YiOu gears up for the descent into Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Why drive around the mountain when you can run over it?
Sean Pont
We met with graffiti artist Mak1one, who showed us how street art gave him a way to express himself, promote human rights, and protest against injustice.
We met with graffiti artist Mak1one, who showed us how street art gave him a way to express himself, promote human rights, and protest against injustice.
YiOu Wang
Sean climbs out of a Lamborghini Countach at Michelle Hambly-Grobler's garage. It was the most uncomfortable car he had ever sat in, and that's not a joke.
Sean climbs out of a Lamborghini Countach at Michelle Hambly-Grobler's garage. It was the most uncomfortable car he had ever sat in, and that's not a joke.
YiOu Wang
The wine rack at Ellerman house was made of carbon fiber. We don't drink a lot of wine, but this is just too cool.
The wine rack at Ellerman house was made of carbon fiber. We don't drink a lot of wine, but this is just too cool.
YiOu Wang
Vineyards and mountains in Franschhoek.
Vineyards and mountains in Franschhoek.
YiOu Wang
The Cape Fur Seals off the coast of Hermanus (near Grootbos) are preyed upon by Great White Sharks. There are thousands of these cute blubbery snacks in this colony.
The Cape Fur Seals off the coast of Hermanus (near Grootbos) are preyed upon by Great White Sharks. There are thousands of these cute blubbery snacks in this colony.
YiOu Wang
The trails in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve are superb.
The trails in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve are superb.
YiOu Wang
The flowers of Grootbos are breathtaking. Clockwise from top left: pink, purple, white, and orange / yellow.
The flowers of Grootbos are breathtaking. Clockwise from top left: pink, purple, white, and orange / yellow.
YiOu and Sean