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Where the train tracks may lead me

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | Views [155] | Scholarship Entry

It was a sunny day in Cape Town and I had that familiar itching in my soul to go on an adventure. I wanted to take in as much as I could before I had to return to Joburg. I packed my backpack, putting in it a novel, notebook, my camera and headphones and headed out. I walked towards the main road thinking of catching a taxi to town but then I faintly heard the sound of a chugging train and my feet carried me over the road towards the Rosebank station. I got to the counter and the smiling cashier asked me where I was headed, I must have looked back at him with a blank expression because he laughed to himself and suggested I visit Muizenberg. I returned the smile and paid for my ticket which was inexpensive to my surprise. The great thing about a train is that almost all the seats are window seats so you get to see the incredible scenery and the little towns that have so much character and stories to tell. Some 40 minutes later I arrived at Muizenburg, a town known for its beautiful beach and cute colourful beach houses. I bought myself some ice cream from a delightful shop called Sinnful and plonked myself on the sand. I felt so at peace as I watched the waves and the handful of surfers. I sat for what must have been two hours and I could've stayed there forever but I was curious about what other pleasures I could find further down the tracks so I caught the next train and got off two towns over at Kalkbay. Now you can’t go to a fishing village and not eat fish so that’s exactly what I did. I walked along the busy road, passing the more ‘up scale’ restaurants and found myself by the docks. It goes without saying that there was a heavy scent of fish in the air which bothered me at first but I soon got used to it as I sat at a small quirky restaurant called Kalky’s, indulging in what I can undoubtedly call the best fish and chips I've ever had. The view from the restaurant was unusual but striking, with the colourful fishing boats, the fisherman gutting fish, the salesman that were pushing dried fish onto anyone and everyone who walked by and the seagulls that didn't want to be left out of festivities. It amazed me that such a small area could hold so much energy and activity. It was time to go but not before my day could be perfected as I got to watch the sun gradually set all along the train ride home. I will never forget the day that I decided to let the train tracks lead me because it was that day I discovered that my biggest desire is to travel the world

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

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