Cape Town Update

Table Mountain from Robben Island Ferry

I’ll write later about our (Toyota International Teacher Program)  Sunday trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 17 of his 27 years in South African prisons. I’ll also have to wait to write about visiting with residents of Mufleini, the largest “township” in the Cape Town area. Both days held powerful experiences — and that’s why they’ll have to wait. Complexity demands reflection and there was nothing simple about the past two days.

Since we arrived in Cape Town on Monday, it seems as if everywhere I look, Table Mountain is there. It dominates any view of the city, and it’s breathtaking every time I see the mountain. Up close, one can see zebras roaming the slopes and small herds of springboks. Tomorrow morning (which is only a few hours away now), several of the teachers on this program and I will take a cable car to a point below the summit and then hike the rest of the way up. We have to return to our hotel to catch a 1:30 bus that will take us to Kirstenbosch — one of the most important gardens in the world. The visit has special meaning for me — as supporters of my Kickstarter project know.

If the weather is clear tomorrow, as it’s been since we arrived, I plan on making a GigaPan image of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. Here’s hoping for good weather.

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