Plus, I needed to do some shopping!
We travel with only the bare necessities. I have one pair of shorts and two pair of lightweight long pants that have zip off legs to become shorts. Well my shorts are starting to wear out, so I needed some new ones. And, I still needed a new pair of sunglasses to replace the ones I lost in Lesotho.
I tried on several pairs of sunglasses. Found some nice Polaroid brand ones, but when I looked at the price tag of R550 ($57.75) I just about dropped them on the floor. Which is exactly why we don't buy expensive sunglasses to begin with. Remember, you can still find an nice pair of Ray-Bans at the bottom of the river in Arnprior, Ontario!
Made it to the local PEP store. Every town in South Africa has a PEP discount store. Sure enough, their rack of cheapo sunglasses had a decent pair for R37 ($3.89). I look like Tom Cruise again, but there's nothing wrong with that is there?
From there, it was to several clothing stores. Found one very nice pair of shorts, but sorry, I'm not paying R600 ($63) for a pair of shorts in a country where the person selling it to me might be making R20 ($2.10) an hour. Come to think of it, I would never have paid that much in Canada either!!
Finally came across a "Mr. Price" store and found a decent pair of shorts for R150 ($15.75). Sold!
From there, we were on a gluten free bread hunt. We've been living on rice cakes and corn thins as bread substitutes and it sure would have been nice to have some decent toast with our bacon and eggs the other day. No such luck in Oudtshoorn. We did come across a natural health store where the lady did everything in her power to try and find us some, but her store specialized in vitamins and probiotics and such. She insisted on giving us each a free sample of her special skin cream. The "unscented" men's one for me!
Then, we had to pick up a few small grocery items.
Ostrich eggs. Only R55.99 ($5.88) each! (Notice the new sunglasses too!)
Yes, this is ostrich country, and you can sure tell it is when they sell ostrich eggs in the eggs section of the local grocery store! Keep in mind that one ostrich egg contains approximately the same amount of product as 24 chicken eggs. So I guess the price isn't too bad, but that sure is a big omelette isn't it??
Do you notice that the eggs aren't refrigerated? I think that Canada and the U.S. must be the only countries in the world where they refrigerate eggs.
Probably the cheapest place in the world to buy a feather duster made of ostrich feathers.
The C.P. Nell Museum. We didn't go in, but we probably should have.
We had a good day wandering around. It's getting pretty warm out though, calling for a high of 36C (99F) today! But beautiful blue sky and sunshine. Hope you're having a good day too!