Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22, 2012 4:30 PM—Another Christmas Down in Africa (Part 2)

So I’m still in Cape Town and things are still amazing!  On Wednesday we went shark diving.  It was awesome!  Basically it involves being in the water in a cage with the great white sharks.  The water was really really cold despite the fact that we had wet suits.  We saw six unique sharks.  The biggest one was 3 meters long.  It was really cool just seeing them in the water and then we got to see them in the water as well.  You may think this seems like a thrill seeking activity but in reality it is just really interesting seeing the sharks in their natural habitat.

Then yesterday we went on a wine tour.  We got to go to 4 separate vineyards and we did wine and cheese tasting.  We tried several different kinds of red and white wine at each winery.  It was awesome!


And then today several of us went to Robben Island, which is the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years in prison.  It was a nice little cultural tour.  However, I couldn’t help but have a different perspective on it.  Looking at the prison I realized that it was actually nicer than most schools in Uganda.  The tour emphasizes how awful it must have been for the prisoners (which it definitely was), but I did feel like Ugandan school children are often times treated worse.  Either way, I’m really glad I got to see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.

Nelson Mandela's Prison Cell

Tomorrow, our last full day in Cape Town, we are renting a car and driving to Cape Point, where we can see the penguins.  Then on Monday we leave for Dar es Salaam.

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