Conference Day 1

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March 14th 2013
Published: March 14th 2013
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A view of of our B&B at sunrise
March 14, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) - Today was registration and day one of the Ophthalmology Society of South Africa's Annual meeting, so we had an early start and a late finish...a full day. We started off the day with a nice long walk through the vineyard country. We are in a suburb area of Cape Town called Constantia, and it is very close to where Dr. Pons is staying with his father-in-law. His back yard leads into a wonderful set of vineyards and a national historic park of an old Dutch farm settled in the 1600's. The morning was warm, clear and sunny. Shortly after sunrise, we set out for an hour long treck through the hills, vineyards and saw the crews in full harvest mode. After breakfast and a quick shower, we headed into Cape Town to the conference - a well organized meeting with about 1,000 delegates attending - mostly ophthalmologists, some optometrists and staff. It is an international group of presenters from Africa, the UK, and some from the US. Most of the talks were good overviews of contemporary relevant issues for general ophthalmologists. In the later afternoon, we set off to go to the top of Table Mountain given that the weather conditions were ideal. A steep gondola ride up about 3,000 feet took us to a breathtaking view of the city, Table Bay, and the western side of the peninsula. An impressive, impressive view. Included in that view was Robin Island in Table Bay, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. The evening was spent at a reception dinner for delegates to the meeting and we saw quite a few people we've known for years from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and met quite a few of Dr. Pons' colleagues as well. A wonder-full day...

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BKF with Desmond

Desmond is a young Swazi general physician with an interest in ophthalmology that we're hoping will be formally trained.

We took a cable car gondola ride to the top of the flat mountain.

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