Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

This is the blog of a 25-year-old bookmark. I proudly boast my own Hallmark serial number, 95 HBM 80-1. You’ll probably want to read all about me and my Travelling Companion (the TC) .

Today’s travel notes

Me and the TC are in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town, the place where “gravel” rhymes with “level”.

Now that the TC is back in the city of her birth, this worm has noticed her accent regressing. She has been sitting with her father, reminiscing about her teenage years when people used to say things like:

“Ja no, man, it’s level with the gravel.”

Translation: “It’s cool.” Note that you must pronounce “gravel” as “grevel”, otherwise you just don’t belong in Cape Town.

Or: “Lekker like a cracker.”

Basically, that means it’s good. “Lekker” means tasty, and the same rule applies to the pronunciation.

Travel tip

Tread lightly on this Earth. Crawling or slithering is good too.

The book I’m in

World without End, by Ken Follett.

The photos

Me at Bloubergstrand, a beach on the shores of Table Bay where most of the chocolate-box pictures of Table Mountain are taken:

Blaauwbergstrand in Cape Town

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Behind me in the above picture are Devil’s Peak on the left, Table Mountain in the centre and Lion’s Head on the right.

Do you remember Jonathan Livingstone S, whom this worm first encountered in Surfer’s Paradise? Here he is again, attempting to look picturesque in Bloubergstrand with Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak as his backdrop:

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Me and Peg got up close and personal with a puffer fish on Bloubergstrand. You can see one of the fish’s gray eyes and its yellow beak at the bottom:

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Here’s a worm’s eye view of some pebbles in a pool of crystal sea water:

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

And a collection of shells:

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

The TC is feeling unaccountably sentimental about this VW Chico. It used to be her car. Now her parents have it and so she gets to drive it around while we’re in Cape Town:

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

Bloubergstrand in Cape Town

That’s all for today dudes.

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  1. That puffer fish looks a lot like a blowie! And the colour of that car — perhaps if you combined your skin colour with your jacket colour, you might get a muted shade of that green/blue. Was there no other colour available when TC bought it?

    Good to see that Peg is with you — I thought she might have been left home in Sydney to babysit Drool!

    And tell TC that we Aussies pronounce her birthplace as “Seth Efrica”.


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