Cape Town

Capturing Cape Town

Allie Menzel is a student at Towson University and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lion's Head

Lion’s Head

Within our first week here, my roommate and I decided to hike Lion’s Head. We thought about trying Table Mountain, but decided it would be a better idea to start “easy” with Lion’s Head. Turns out, there’s more climbing involved rather than hiking! The climb was much more difficult than we had prepared ourselves for, but it was worth the blood, sweat, and tears (literally…) when we made it to the top and saw the spectacular view.

Overlooking Cape Town

Overlooking Cape Town

Before coming to Cape Town, I had seen many photos of people who had climbed Lion’s Head and took a similar photo. I always told myself that there was no way I would ever sit out on that rock overlooking Cape Town… even for an awesome photo. But, once we got to the top I couldn’t resist. There is nothing more exhilarating than letting your feet dangle thousands of meters in the air!

Birds at the waterfront

Birds at the Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is a popular tourist attraction in Cape Town. There is an awesome (but high-end) mall and several delicious restaurants. We have gone here several times for lunch and dinner and enjoy watching the sunset.

Golden Hour Waterfront

Golden Hour Waterfront

This photo, also taken at the Waterfront, was captured on the boat ride back from our ISA excursion to Robben Island. As different as Cape Town is from my hometown, Baltimore, this photo reminds me a lot of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore City. It’s funny how I am halfway across the world, and yet little things like docked boats can make me feel at home.

Muizenberg

Muizenberg

Muizenberg Beach is one of the more quiet beaches in Cape Town, but it is so beautiful. For less than R20 ($2), we took the train from where we are living to Muizenberg, and were amazed by the views. The colorful, old beach huts contrasting with the white sand is so beautiful.

Bungalow Sunset

Bungalow Sunset

One of my friends who had studied abroad in Cape Town a few years ago told me I had to visit a restaurant called “The Bungalow”. Not knowing anything about it, my roommate and I decided to try it out one night. It overlooks the ocean and has one of the best sunset views. We had a great dinner and were able to capture great photos of the spectacular setting sun.

Children of Langa

Children of Langa

For our first ISA excursion, we visited Langa Township. It was very eye-opening to meet the people of Langa and hear their stories. The kids were so sweet and despite their serious faces in this photo, they loved having their picture taken! After every photo I took, the kids begged to see themselves in the camera!

Hands in Langa

Hands in Langa

The children of Langa were so excited to see us when we arrived. They screamed “Umlungu”, which means, “The white people are coming!” They attacked us with hugs and asked to be held and spun around. We had such a great time!

Will in Langa

Will in Langa

I loved watching the little children of Langa run up to the other students in my program. It was heart-warming to see so many students play with the children and have such a great time. Some of the boys were hesitant and reserved around the children at first, but it was neat to see them warm up to the children and have an amazing time.

View of Table Mountain

View of Table Mountain

To finish off our first ISA excursion, we visited Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for several years. The tour was given by a former inmate which gave us an entirely different perspective. My favorite part of the tour was seeing Nelson Mandela’s jail cell and the view of Cape Town from Robben Island.

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