|The sun rise lighting up the buildings
|O'Briens Irish Sandwich bars even have a store located in the massive Dubai International Airport
|Waiting to board, surrounded by lots of South African accents
The bus ride took some 20 minutes taking us past a few outlying townships. These are those corrugated metal housing districts, slums. It was rather tough having to see this, a side of Cape Town which exists but us as tourists we tend to only want to see the gloss and not this real side to the city.
Arriving into Cape Town we were taken aback by the lack of people and activity. Stores close around 1pm on Sundays and the city was a ghost town with the exception of random men hanging around corners. The central part of the city is relatively built up, some small towers, the biggest being the Vodacom Tower (Vodafone). We did get some odd looks from people as we dragged our bags around. Crossing a road a man approached us asking where we were going. He appeared to be some sort of police officer but we later found out he was a public safety patrol guard. They are dotted all over the city, almost every street, filling in the gaps for the city police. He escorted us to our apartment warning us about the city, the dos and don’ts. We were both taken back by this. Along the short walk with him we passed by another patrol guard and two police. The apartment had two guards in reception. All this security - for what?
Checked in we evaluated the situation. Is Cape Town safe? We had been given mixed reports beforehand. We’ve been to worse places before, from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur and have always grown to love a city. We were booked to stay here for 9 nights and our first impressions were not positive.
|Quick view of our apartment
|The kitchen area of our apartment
The decision was made to leave Cape Town early. We got onto Emirates and changed our flights back to Dubai 6 days early and booked another hotel in Dubai to stay out the remainder of our holiday.
|Our attempt to secure the apartment (just in case)
(Note: As this blog post is about Sunday - please don’t worry. We survived day six and seven. We leave Cape Town today, Wednesday).