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Published: April 6th 2013
At the Waterfront
ha! how could we not stop here to get some yummy fresh cut fries :)
Apologies for not posting pics sooner, we don't always pick up wifi in our room and most evenings we've passed out before rallying ourselves to hunt down more consistent wireless (we've also been listening to Nelson Mandela's autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom at night). We also seem to be thwarted whenever we make plans to work on the blog. The first night, our local metro train back from Simon's Town broke down (and we eventually proceeded to break out of the train with about 70 other local commuters to catch another train), and the second night we ended up having to track down Visa so they would give us our card access back. I don't know about you, but i'd rather hop a train than be put on hold for eternity :P As many of you can imagine, we have had an unbelievable week (but thank goodness tomorrow is a rest day!). We have lots of pictures, and most of the trip details will be through them, so please have a peek through.
The only pictures missing are from Robben Island, which are on Steve's camera, and therefore not within arms reach of me at the moment, so I
Steve at the Waterfront
waiting for a cup of coffee...important way to start the day.
will post them later. Being on Robben Island was truly overwhelming. There was a sense of simultaneous grief of the brutal oppression that was very real in South Africa until very recently (ie. Mandela's election in 1994 started the slow process of change), and the inspirational success of the righteous struggle for freedom that persisted through it all. Almost 50 years of apartheid with its racist oppression and segregation, 27 years as political prisoners, and Mandela et al. not only succeeded in bringing socialized democracy to South Africa, but have forgiven and integrated both oppressors and victims through the process of restorative justice. Although overwhelming, it is liberating as well, sort of like shedding the cloaks of complacency and bitterness. I implore everyone to become educated and involved in something, anything!, that you feel passionate about, and bring that passion to the world around you with compassion and integrity. I promise to do the same!
On our logistical horizon, we are in cape town for another few days, then start our journey by train and car to Kruger National Park. Lions and tigers and ..... well, actually only lions and other African animals will be there. Roar!
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