A visit to Robben Island

Unlike yesterday, today was a brilliantly sunny day in Cape Town. With virtually no wind to speak of, I went for an morning run for 4 miles around the undulating hills near Steenberg. It made for a tough run with the hills, but I managed an 8:20 average with a heartrate mostly in the 150s but flirting with 160 during the steep uphills.

In the afternoon, we went to the historic Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years. It was a spiritual journey with one of the ex-prisoners talking about apartheid and how the leaders of many political parties came together in one place to shed bright light on racism. Of course, brutal and subtle forms of racism still exist throughout the world, but not like pre-1994 when South Africa became a democracy.

The wildlife on the island too is quite amazing with colonies of penguins, nesting Sacred Ibises, and this Chukar Partridge (non-native, introduced probably for hunting).

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