After a very long and posterior numbing trip from Boston to Amsterdam (7 1/2 hours) and then Amsterdam to Cape Town (11 1/2 hours), we’ve finally arrived in South African summer. Our accommodation is outside of the city, in Constantia, because of a Cricket Test Match with Sri Lanka. It’s all wickets and overs in the media, with the outcome of the tournament providing bragging rights for the next few years. South Africa already lost to Australia in a November Test Match, and Sri Lanka may overtake the Proteas during this engagement. We’re off to stock up on dry food–the selection in Cape Town is much wider than in Graaf Reinet–and begin to adjust to the 7-hour time change.
Today was a day for getting over jet lag, shopping for provisions, wine tasting at Groot Constantia, and a trip to Boulders to see the northern most colony of African (Jackass) Penguins. Dinner was over a setting sun overlooking False Bay without any notice of a great white shark.
Tomorrow, we’re headed over the Cape Fold Belt into the Karoo Basin, where the rocks of Permian-Triassic boundary are exposed, and will meet up with the remainder of our field party from various parts of the world.