Journal Entry: Day 254

(Nomad: Day 1443),
Cape Town, South Africa,

Since last Friday I am discovering this new cosmopolitan city of Cape Town and at the same time a little of South Africa. Of course, Capetown is not representative of the whole country and has a very particular history, demographics, and landscape that sets it apart from the rest of the country. It is a very interesting place, that sometimes reminds me of California by the weather, language, the hills, and the vibes of the people. But it also reminds me of Buenos Aires at times, with some similar far-away European colonialism feel. I am learning about the country and I can see that there has been a lot of racial tensions in the past, not only between black and white, but with many various kinds of people in different ways, between English, Dutch (Boers), colored (mixed), black, Asian, and all the various local tribes as well. It is in fact a complicated mixture, that for the last two decades is in the path of healing the divisions of the past, and tends to gather people in a multi-colored painting. Nature in the country seems to be one of the main assets, as it is considered one of the mega biodiverse countries in the world. There are penguins, seals, whales, and all the famous animals of the African bush, like lions, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs,…
From Thursday I will have a car for two months, thus I will be able to explore this country in more detail, planning to follow around the south coast, passing by Durban, up to Swaziland, then going to Kruger, and finishing in Johannesburg/Gopeng. It is one of the best road trips I can get involved in, and as I have learned from my past experience. I will go slowly this time, choosing a temporary home base along the way.

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