An Earbud is an Earbud Except When It’s Not

Carolyn was looking for earphones for her tape recorder and inquired at the Sony store in Cape Town, “Do you have any ear buds?”  The salesperson gave her a strange look and recommended that she try the pharmacy next door.  She did, but could not locate them there.

Mary Jane, who has traveled much more than Carolyn, suggested that we return to the Sony store and ask for earphones, not ear buds.  Mary Jane said that in England, ear buds are the same as Q-Tips are in America.

This time Carolyn asked for earphones, and, of course, they did have them!  Carolyn’s sign language of pointing to her ears had not been enough.  A friend on the ship suggested that Carolyn’s sign language would have been much clearer had she danced while pointing to her ears.  Of course, all of this sign language was actually unnecessary as the salesperson spoke perfect English

We were still laughing about this when we headed back outside and decided to partake of high tea at the Table Bay Hotel.  This became the highlight of our day.



Our server, Moudy, seated us on an overstuffed sofa with countless pillows into which we sank.  We so enjoyed the beauty and ambiance of this resting place!  Brightly colored pastries covered a long table, but we confined ourselves to delightfully warm scones, complete with clotted cream, jam, lemon curd, and hot mango tea.  Ahhhhhh!

Table Bay Hotel High Tea


Table Bay Hotel for High Tea

Table Bay Hotel Lobby



3 Responses to “An Earbud is an Earbud Except When It’s Not”

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  3. Cindi Cannizzaro February 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    OOOOHHHHH Clotted Cream – my favorite thing on this earth!

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