There's an acronym commonly used by foreign travellers in Africa, that I've mentioned before somewhere: TIA.
"This Is Africa."
To pin on any situation that doesn't immediately fit any sort of western expectation.
Which is more-or-less everyday, and why most foreign visitors are here.
Well, here's another - TINA - "This Is Not Africa."
Yzerfontein is a very nice place, I ended up staying three days. It's a holiday-home village at the end of a 16-mile long beach, north of Cape Town. The imaginatively-designed holiday homes crowd around a small sandy bay, complete with little marina and launching ramp for visitors' boats. There are two small supermarkets, a couple of bottle stores, a few restaurants, lots of B&Bs, but the most numerous of the businesses is estate agents. There's an active trade in the buying and selling of holiday homes, and of vacant plots for more holiday homes.
Like most of the places south of Lambert's Bay, as far as I can see, it's a TINA.
But, a few of the season's colourful wild flowers were still hanging on, so here are some photos from the area. The colours aren't quite the same as the real thing though.
First off, this fellow hitched a ride to Yzerfontein on one of my panniers. Don't know where he got on so I didn't know what the fare should have been.
In amongst the wild flowers.
These are all vacant plots up for sale, so the displays will disappear when the homes are built.
The white sands of Pearl Bay, next to Yzerfontein. A TINA place.
Typical street in Yzerfontein. TINA again.
In view of the loss of the African atmosphere I decided the airport needed to be visited to sort out the options for the return home. So after one more oil change, off I set towards Cape Agulhas, stopping at the airport cargo area on the way.
Posted by Ken Thomas at October 06, 2010 02:09 PM GMT
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