Protea Hotel Stellenbosch
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... when he took his first steps towards freedom to a world that waited for this moment just as he did. (Because of the years he had spent on hard labour in the limestone quarry, his eyesight had deteriorated and his eyes remained extremely sensitive. He had one strict rule for the press, which remained until his death - no flash photography). Of course we couldn't go into the grounds or see the quarters where he was moved ...
... 10 minutes ago... "and we're off!"
Will try to keep blog updated with messages over the day...
At 5.15pm Connor said:
- Maropeng was 'cool'
- they went to see 'How to train your dragon 2'
- now heading back to the airport to catch 10pm flight (we hope!)
RED WINE! Let's say it together…. "RED WINE!" Today was our full day winelands tour.
I did not realize that South Africa has had its wine industry for over 300 years. Our guide today was Enrico, a native Cape May –ian? He is of mixed race (these are his words) and not connected to one of the tribes. He says the term for this is “colored” which would not fly in the USA.
We went ...
... and wet but buzzing with the adrenalin from it all. Meanwhile, I joined 10 others on a tour of 4 different vineyards. We started off with a tour of the cellar learning all about how the grapes are harvested and then turned into wine. We then started with the tasting! The first vineyard was definitely better than all the rest but they were all pretty good. We tasted a total of around 20 different wines over the course of the day and also around 10 cheeses! I slept well that evening! ...
... It sounds harsh, but he made a good point that in many cases this is necessary because the justice system just does not work - the criminals are released because there is not enough evidence, etc. - and this is the best way to ensure security within the community. Pretty good motivation to not commit crime if you ask me. We also plan on returning to go to this great "BBQ" place in one of the townships. The method is actually called "braying" but spelt much differently. ...