On South Africa’s Women’s Day, which fell on a Friday, my roommate Rachel and I decided to take advantage of our day off from school and head to the city to do some exploring. It was an extremely beautiful day, and I really wanted to check out the colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap. The bustling neighborhood is situated upon an incline just below Signal Hill, and is one of the most colorful places I have ever been to. I loved every minute of walking around in the friendly neighborhood, taking pictures of all of the cool little homes.
We left Bo-Kaap, and headed to Table Mountain, to hike up one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We couldn’t have picked a clearer day to do the hike, and the views were amazing. Usually a huge cloud, nicknamed the “Table Cloth,” sits on top of the mountain and blocks the spectacular views, but luckily it was no where to be found during our hike. I loved being at the top of Table Mountain, and looking down on Lion’s Head which is situated just next to it, which I had hiked just a few weeks before. I met many people from all over the world at different stops along the hike up and down the mountain, and the whole journey took about 4 hours. We made it back to the bottom just before sunset, and witnessed the sun setting just behind Lion’s Head and the entire city. Rachel told me that only 2% of the world’s population makes it to see the view from the top of Table Mountain, and I feel extremely lucky to have been able to witness it.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Jules Ashe is Senior at the University of Vermont majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Women's and Gender Studies. Her passions include traveling, cooking, music, photography, and making new connections and relationships with people all over the world. She is very excited to live beside both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean in Cape Town, and be surrounded by a range of beautiful mountains. Mostly though, she cannot wait to take many new pictures and share them with everyone back home!</span></p>