Protea Hotel Umhlanga
Travel Blogs from Umhlanga Rocks
Today we were scheduled to work in Manenberg again. That didn't happen. Yesterday morning, just before we got there, a high school student was shot in the back of the head just when he got to school. Manenberg has a huge problem with gangs. There are two big gangs that we hear about the most, the Americans, and the Rough Livings. We have actually talk to many of the gang members during our work. ...
... an hour and a half of reflection... about the hour we were at the museum today, which is going to be difficult... and then we get to go to the Heart Transplant Museum! In case you didn't know, the very first heart transplant ever was performed right here in Cape Town at UCT!!! Pretty awesome, huh.
Until tomorrow --
"It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another." - Nelson Mandela
... about sharks, the different personalities, and their environment. It was interesting to learn how sharks only hunt when there are baby seals and during the season when there are no babies they scavenge and look for dead or injured seals to eat. I had no idea that seals were such difficult prey, but you could actually see scars on the sharks from trying to catch seals and the seals fighting back. We were also told about the awful ...
... 20 whales all less than 20 feet away from us! It was absolutely
breath taking! Hermanus rocks and I’ll tell anyone that asks that Hermanus is THE place to see whales!!!!
We left Hermanus that night
and arrived in Cape Town at about 10pm. Cape Town was our last stop in South
Africa. Hanging on in Hermanus for the shark dive meant we only had 2 days to
see and do as much as we possibly could in the capital. Our back packers
was busy and crowded. ...
... Welcome Address was at 4pm not 6 as we had previously been told. So with a jolt we had to return back to finish packing my suitcase and to thank Vincent and Denise for their hospitality. They have been most kind and generous and I have enjoyed getting to know them.
I clocked into my hotel and then down to the Convention Centre to register.
The conference started off with a wonderful singing and marimba performance by ...