The Captivating Cape Town Issue
OutThere – The Captivating Cape Town Issue
Printed in Belgium
The Cape of Good Hope – the peninsula for which one of ‘Rainbow Nation’ South Africa’s three capitals was named – was once known as the Cape of Storms. Centuries later, this renaming stands as a poignant allegory for where the city is today. Cape Town has weathered turbulent storms in its past – more recently exacerbated by a tempestuous pandemic – but yet it stands as a beacon of good hope and progress, not just for South Africa but for the entire continent.
Cape Town and its surrounds are far from unfamiliar destinations for OutThere travellers. We arrive, leave and return enraptured by the region’s awe-striking natural beauty. But equally (if not more so) exciting is the explosive melting pot and fusion of cultures that defines this rapidly diversifying, modern city. The allure of the Mother City is thankfully no longer just skin deep. We say this of course, without denying that the institutional challenges around race – and with that social mobility – still require a great deal of work today, over thirty years after Apartheid ended. But it no longer feels – at least to us as outsiders – that equality is insurmountable.
This energy is inherent in the other destinations that we visit in this issue, from Nashville to Mykonos, Austria to Finnish Lapland, Malta to Tuscany. They are all contrasting in their locations and cultures, but united in the quest for a bright tomorrow. Let’s not waste any more time getting back OutThere.