Our last two days of the trip was spent in Cape Town, and we packed it absolutely full of as much activities as we could. We wanted to make sure that we experienced everything in this beautiful but marred city. Here are some highlights…
Robben Island is where most of the Apartheid political prisoners were kept and where Nelson Mandela Spent the first 17 of his 27 years in prison. We took a ferry out to the island that rocked us solid seas-sick and made flying seem easy and fun. The tour was very interesting especially since it was led by an ex-political prisoner of Robben Island. We felt so lucky to experience the monumental place but also had a hard time understanding how people could leave that prison and the Apartheid era and fight for peace, equality and freedom for all instead of seeking revenge.
We also got to explore the water front and “Victoria Warf” where a couple of our kids joined street performers in attempting to limbo under a fire lit rod! Then on Friday we boarded a double-decker tour bus that dropped us off at many cool parts of the city including, the “Green Market” where we were able to explore and experience the traditional crafts and economy of the Cape Town, the District Six Museum where we learned about one of the largest and most unfair relocation of a people group in South African history, and Table Mountain where you could see the whole city and ocean from.
We had a great debriefing last night where we processed a lot of the trip’s lessons and we cannot wait to share them with you all on July 9th. This trip has exceeded all expectations and it has truly been incredible for everyone involved. We have bonded and created some life changing memories and now it is time to start the 30+ hour journey to Chicago.
Grateful to everyone out there!