Posts Tagged ‘Cape Town’

I’ve taken five different trips to Cape Town. The first time we stayed five weeks. The next two trips my wife stayed a month while I came for two weeks, and last year’s adventure was just a week for me, in and out for my brother-in-law’s wedding, as much time spent in the air than on the ground. But this year, as I returned to the freelance ranks, I’m again here for the long haul — five weeks. Staying with Louise’s family for this long allows us to actually settle in. We get over the jet lag and it starts to feel like home, even though the end of the trip still always comes too soon. The end will come in about two weeks this time.

A few of the highlights: (more…)

A South African wedding

Posted: February 14, 2013 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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My latest trip to Cape Town was much different than the three previous excursions. It lasted just a week instead of two and included very little leisure time. No golf, just a bit of reading. We were there for the wedding of my brother-in-law Daniel and his new wife Bianca.

As my body clock recalculates and tries to figure out if it’s morning, afternoon or night, let’s take a brief picture tour of the Fury Family’s 2013 Cape Town adventure.


Ignorant American

Posted: February 11, 2013 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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Right now I’m one of those Americans who doesn’t know what’s going on in another country. I know there are major events happening elsewhere in the world and I catch the occasional headline but I quickly move on, forget about it and concentrate on my own problems and location. Worst of all, I take a certain bit of pride in it, as if ignorance is something to be admired and applauded.

The country I know so little about at the time is the United States.


By the time you read this, I’ll have recovered from an 18-hour flight from Cape Town – and a 29-hour trip if you include the time spent driving to various airports and the layovers – and will be back on American time, even if my legs are still back in South Africa.

It was, as always, an amazing two weeks, filled with family and sun. Lots of sun, and not that Minnesota or New York sun. African sun, the type that drains you the second you step out the door and saps your strength while somehow being simultaneously rejuvenating. Here, then, a final look at Cape Town. You haven’t left the basement, right?


As I type this in Cape Town, our very own Terry Vandrovec is recuperating from the effects of working 122 out of a possible 126 hours. The man is a machine. He’s also been carrying TVFury following my escape from the States. If anyone deserves a raise, it’s this man. Unfortunately, the TVFury budget was blown on this trip to Cape Town so it’s not coming anytime soon. Still, management expresses its thanks.

Now, onto the links, with a special emphasis on stories involving South Africa. It’s a theme-type thing.


Wednesday morning I woke up in Cape Town, went online, headed over to and saw the Lakers score from Tuesday night: Detroit 88, Lakers 85. I read the recap and checked the boxscore – 8-for-26, Kobe? I then went onto Twitter and read back through the evening’s excitement: Both South Dakota State basketball teams are headed for the NCAA tournament. Or is that San Diego State?

I wrote a few emails. I disconnected from the Internet, which at my in-laws’ means yanking the connection cord out of my computer with a flourish. I left the house. I was online for about 15 minutes.


Come on down to the basement. Find a seat. Just grab a spot on the floor if there’s not any room on the couch. We’ll get everyone some more drinks and another bag of popcorn is in the microwave. Yes, we’re adding butter. That’s it, get comfortable, it’ll last awhile. I know, the invite promised “NO VACATION PICTURES, SLIDE SHOW OR FILM STRIP,” but we lied. The basement door is also locked and I think you’ll find the company that installed the security did an excellent job with the electric shock that jolts anyone whose palm hasn’t been pre-approved for touching the door handle. It’ll sting, but cause no permanent damage. Well, Jim, yeah, if you keep your hand on the door,  I suppose it could cause permanent damage but why would anyone do that?

So come on down and take a look at how I’ve spent my first four days in Cape Town, South Africa.


Podcast: South Africa

Posted: February 27, 2012 by terryvandrovec in Podcasts
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It’s not every week that we kick things off with a podcast.

Then again, it’s not every week that Fury heads to South Africa to visit his in-laws.

That is the subject of today’s discussion: Travel to and exploration of South Africa. Fury has done this before, and this time he sets the stage for what sure sounds like a pretty sweet adventure that’s likely to include some warm-weather penguins.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. (See what I did there?)

Anyway, here’s the link.

I’ll be holding things down here by my damn self for the next few days. So take it easy on me.

Back to Cape Town

Posted: November 17, 2011 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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In February, hopefully about two days before a major storm dumps 16 inches of snow on New York City and sends temperatures plummeting to -5, I’ll fly to sunny Cape Town, South Africa for a two-week stay with my wife’s family.

Louise will fly there three weeks ahead of me, giving her five weeks with the family she left 12 years ago, on a trip to the United States she figured would last maybe a year.