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Published: December 14th 2006
On Table Mountain
The Island far behind is where Nelson Mandela stayed imprisioned for 25 years
It's summer down in South Africa, but I landed on a rainy and cold Cape Town!!!
Shunt towns around the airport area, just like the ones in Brazilian "favelas", started to appear. "Apartheid ghost?", I questioned, and right than, a huge billboard announced " Comfortable Housing for All". Hummmmm!!!!??????
At the hotel I am warned not to walk alone, for safety reasons, and right after I met a Peruvian woman who had been already mugged. My South African friends back in Namimbia had already warned me that S. Africa has a lot of crime and to be VERY careful.
Well, I was careful, but how not to walk on the streets if that's where you see the locals? I did walk daily, but during the day time. The area where I stayed was where the "artistic" folks hang around. Thus, it was very interesting, to say the least.
I came to Cape Town for the IDF's 19th World Diabetes Congress, so I spent most of my time at the International convention center.
12,000 professionals from around the world, with a same area of interest: diabetes. It was wonderful! Great lectures, contacts, and very
positive response to my work. I presented two poster sessions with the results from my practice.
It was a truly worth professional experience and if the contacts and propositions I received endure time and distance, I may end up in other countries in the near future, continuing to be engaged on the fight to control the diabetes pandemic. India, Cuba, Nepal, brazil... we'll see.
I took an afternoon off for a hike at the beautiful Table Mountain. Up I went on a rotating cable car. Superb view. Only down side: too many tourists.
On my last day in Africa, watching the Sunset at the beach on Camps Bay followed by a delicious dinner by the ocean was a treat and a nice way to say good bye to Africa.
To all of you who send comments or private messages, know that it's wonderful that you make me feel in touch with "my world, even when so far.
Your friendship is deeply appreciated, and it's wonderful haing you in my life.
Tot: 3.037s; Tpl: 0.089s; cc: 20; qc: 116; dbt: 0.084s; 2; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 3;
; mem: 1.6mb