Saturday, 21 November 2009

A day in Cape Town

It's hard to believe that it is 3 years since the last MEI Conference (Reagents '06) at the Mount Nelson Hotel, before we discovered the beautiful Vineyard Hotel at Claremont.

Today we called in at the 'Nellie' for coffee, before walking through the City Bowl,via the Bo-Kaap, the colourful Muslim district and Cape Town's oldest residential area. At the vibrant Waterfront we had a very average lunch at the once excellent 221 Restaurant.

The Bo-Kaap Area
Then back for an exhilarating walk through the surf on Noordhoek Beach. I have been walking on this beach every year for the past 10 years and this is the first year that venturing into the water has not been an ordeal. Previously the Atlantic water has been unbearably icy but this year it is almost tepid and there are surfers out there with no wet-suits.
I can only assume that the cold Benguela current from the Antarctic has shifted a few degrees west. Can anyone enlighten me on this? Stephan, if you are reading this, can you provide an explanation? Anything to do with climate change?
Tomorrow I plan to catch up with the world of minerals engineering, while Barbara and our friends lunch at the Winchester Mansions Hotel at Sea Point.

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