I've done quite a lot of things since my last blog. V&A waterfront where they have Two Oceans Aquarium. It is named as such because it has creatures from both the Atlantic and Indian ocean (I believe). It was amazing!!! You all know what a fish geek I am, so I obviously had a fab time. I saw a cuttlefish, an octopus, a angler fish, and tons of others that I've never seen before. We took a ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was in prison for over 20 years. The stories the guides told us were pretty intense, but sprinkled with humor. No matter how much I learn about it, the horrors of Apartheid still floor me.
Been back to the townships a few times. One of the things we did was walk around Delft and visit with sick patients. The first patient I saw was a 20 something year old boy who had a mental disorder and a physical one, they said it was something to do with epilepsy. The house was pretty nice, compared to others I've seen, but still very small. The boy we visited was laying on a bed, in a tiny room, wearing only a diaper. He was literally the skinniest person I have ever seen, and it was hard for me to understand how he was even alive. You hear the expression skin and bones, but that's the first time I've ever actually seen it. His mom and the people who cared for him were super nice though, and didn't seem down about their situation. We also met a woman who was HIV positive, and she was very friendly and welcoming. We did a bit more physical work today, which felt kinda nice.
We've also been to Table mountain, which is a flat topped mountain in the middle of Cape Town, and we rode a Cable car to the top. Beautiful isn't even an adequate enough word to describe this place. Like the educo retreat, I felt so peaceful, and at home when I was up there. I love the mountains so very much.
But possibly the best day I've has so far was the wine tour we did yesterday. I went on this tour because I heard we would get to see cheetahs, and didn't really care much about the wine... However, when we first arrived, we went to a place that had many animals, a room full of butterflies, duikers (look like baby antelopes), meercats, monkeys, iguanas, beautiful exotic birds, turtles, and lots of other creatures. There was actually one monkey, called a marmoset, who crawled all over me, and let me pet him. He was so cute! After that, we went to 3 wine farms, and saw some really pretty vineyards. I tasted a lot of wine and cheese, and learned more about wine than I ever have in my life. It was actually really fun! Last stop was the cheetah place! We were only allowed to touch their backs and their sides, but we got to pet one adult cheetah (Joseph), and two cubs! There will be plenty of pics when I return. This place also had wild dogs, foxes, and probably other animals, but I didn't have time to see them all. I did, however, get the opportunity to play with baby owls, and hold an adult one :)