It has been a busy two weeks with lectures starting, a business banking conference and now my first trip for the year. Fortunately it isn't too far away, just down to the Cape. This time I learnt from previous trips and managed to organise for Helen to come down as well, so she bought a Kulula ticket and my Cape Town work trip turned into a weekend away with work thrown in to balance it all out!
We had a productive session in my old home town (Stellenbosch) yesterday, with a good 10k run on some of my old routes in the morning. The day was characterised by the media noise coming through as a result of the launch of 22seven and having to put a response together on behalf of Nedbank. Fortunately that went off without a hitch
Helen had booked some time off at Zorgvliet Spa, using vouchers she had been given for her birthday last year. We (including two of my colleagues) joined her for a late lunch at Le Pommier restaurant (based at Zorgvliet) and camembert and mushroom starter and a mushroom risotto was on the cards for me (sound like a vegetarian)
From there we headed through to Cape Town and joined up with one of my work teammates, Kim, at Cape Point Vineyards, where they have opened up a new picnic and wine tasting site at the very top, looking out over the Kleinmond/Kommetjie beaches. We tasted their white wines and had a cheesboard and then headed on to the Food Barn (down near the base of Chapman's peak) for tapas. So it was a very foody day! Not sure that our dietitian would be too happy about that!
After dinner, which ended quite late (11pm) we headed over to Trev and Mariks's place in Newlands. The plans for the weekend are to climb table mountain this afternoon and either head through to a wine farm tomorrow or Kirstenbosch gardens in the late afternoon.
I am down here until Tuesday with meetings at Old Mutual before heading back to Joburg and back in lectures again on the weekend.
The weather in Cape Town is brilliant, warm and not too windy, so a great day for the J&B Met today, and for a victory for Liverpool over Manchester United in the FA Cup ;)