Brew Pubs and Caledonian deer

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, May 12, 2006

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Didn't really want to get up at 7:30am for our 9am boat to Robben Island. This was where Nelson Mandela was locked away at for 20+ years.

I have to say the tour wasn't great, nothing like Alcatraz. The views back onto Cape Town though were absolutely stupendous. The interesting part of the tour for me was the ex-prisoners who showed you around. They tell you a little about why they were put behind bars. The two who I met were not at all bitter and their main reason was they just wanted reconciliation. It was a great example and fantastic to see.

Parts of the tour around the island were almost a game drive. Besides ostrich and antelopes there were also herds of Caledonian deer that had been introduced.

Back on the mainland we went for some tasty donuts followed by a pint of bitter at Mitchell's Brew Pub. I could smell the brewing beer and it reminded me of many of my home brewing exploits.

4pm and Liam and James came round to the hostel and we headed off up Signal Hill for the sunset and to watch the nearly full moon rise over the city.

A steep climb up and a very nice sunset. The bit I liked was the way the sun lit up Table Mountain with a red glow as it set.

That place is mobbed with cops around sunset. I have to say I didn't feel very comfortable coming down the hill, I'm sure I would have made a great robbery target with all my camera equipment and cash.

We made it down safely though and headed to Mitchell's to celebrate with calazone pizza, a milk and honey ale (very strong stuff) and a raven porter.

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