I am a week into my three-week stay in Cape Town, where I spend my days rifling through papers in an archive, looking for evidence so support (or derail) my thesis. T, who came out for the first week with me, is heading home tomorrow so today is our last chance for adventure. The weather forecast is stuck on thunder, and rain has been falling throughout the day. But just when it seems like it's never going to stop, it does just that. We're somewhere on the N2 between Hermanus and Cape Town when the heavy grey clouds make way for the sun, which turns the spotlight on the beauty of the ochre-tinted landscape. This really is a spectacular corner of the world.