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... nicer than I expected, which was a lovely surprise! I am in a room with 5 German girls, but 2 have also arrived today, are also 19, and are also staying 3 weeks, so we have a lot in common! Tomorrow we have a day of orientation, before the project begins on Tuesday. As the school days are from 8am - 1pm here, we will have the afternoons and weekends to explore the city on the brand new, super safe, ...
... to the reality of living in a post-apartheid system.
My first part of Cape Town had been pretty amazing. It was easy for me to see why people fall in love with the place and why many people can feel so at home here--it didn't really feel that different from an alternative city in the United States. However, I hope for my return to visit a township and explore some of the more off the grid aspects of the city. I admit that I still have visit the vineyards and ...
... wouldn't have done it. We returned to the car for our next destination, Simon's Town. The wind was still gale force, to the extent that it had prevented the Table Mountain cable car from operating, but bizarrely there had been no wind up Lion's Head or none that we noticed! We drove to Hout Bay, then along Chapman's Peak Drive (for a 3rd time) and on to Simon's Town, which turned out to be a very charming historic port. We regretted not staying here for at ...
... beautiful and the water was fierce. This was the middle of winter but as I understand it, the water is always this rough here.
Next Stop on Saturday was Boulders Beach. A colony of penguins first settled there in 1982. It is amazing that we could walk onto a protected beach and walk with the Penguins and watch them at such close range. The are absolutely one of my favorite ...
... early and several of the group following me made it in lots of time. Arghh!! It was sure fun taking giant leaps in the sand coming downhill after the climb though!
Our last night in Namibia was spent at the impressive Fish River Canyon. The canyon is, I think, even larger than the Grand Canyon in the States, and it is spectacularly beautiful. We weren't able to do the 5-day hike along the canyon bottom, but we caught some incredible views in a short hike ...
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