Oct 31-By Alex Sawin '14
Day three started out with an early-morning boat excursion on Hout Bay. Surrounding the bay, there were multiple vendors, where we quickly learned which teammates were capable barters and which members were sadly not. But there was no way we were going to leave South Africa without some traditional African paraphernalia. Some of our favorite purchases were multi-colored beaded headbands, salad tongs for our parents, and a wide assortments of bangles and colorful necklaces. We are definitely going to bring colorful accessories back to campus. After the bartering, we climbed aboard The Calipso Boat which would take us to Seal Island, which was essentially a giant rock with hundreds of seals happily sunbathing and performing tricks in the water. Being the adventurous group of girls that we are, we initially sat on the bow of the boat, but quickly changed our minds after nearly losing our cameras by the waves that splashed aboard.
But the seals were not the only sight to see on that boat tour. Other tourists thought it was appropriate to take pictures of the seventeen of us rather than the scenery. Needless to say, our orange and black gear will be seen across the globe in many family trip albums. Following the encounter with the playful group of seals, we loaded the bus once more for a trip along the most beautiful ocean view highway where in fact Ferrari and Maserati car commercials are filmed. While driving, we were lucky enough to see a whale splashing close to the shore. We all jumped off the bus to take photos and take in the magnificent view of the oceans. This seems to follow suit with the theme of our trip, since most places we venture are certainly photo worthy.
The next stop on our journey was a trip to see the world’s largest bird, the Ostrich. Although these creatures have a surplus of extremely beautiful feathers, we were informed by the tour guide that their brains are smaller than their eye balls. The butt of many South African jokes implies that one has the brain of an Ostrich. Some of our teammates decorated their backpacks with Ostrich key chains to remember the occasion.
We ate lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant where we overlooked the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. While leaving the restaurant, our cameras were once again back in our hands, for a mama baboon and her baby were walking though the parking lot. It was a scene right out of national geographic.
The highlight of our day was the hike up to Cape Point Lighthouse. After approximately twenty-five minutes of hiking up the incline, we reached yet another amazing view.
The last stop on our day three journey was a visit to a penguin habitat. The penguins were in the process of their midseason molt and were enjoying the sun on land as they shed their feathers. Although these penguins were not the exaggerated sizes, as seen in Disney movies, they were still equally as entertaining.
The day ended with a dinner at African café where we were presented with a feast of traditional African dishes, face paint, drums, and yet Happy Birthday song to Gail. Day three was definitely an action packed and memorable day in South Africa.
November 1st • Libby Eyre ‘14
Today we had an early start to a great day. We had breakfast at the hotel and headed onto our bus with our favorite driver, Eaton. We headed to Table Mountain since the first day it was too windy for us to go up in the cable car.
We could not have picked a more perfect day. We were the first ones to the mountain and took a small cable car up to the top, which some of our teammates who are scared of heights did notenjoy, but once we made it to the top the views were worth it. It was an incredible view with oceans surrounding us and a beautiful clear sky. We took plenty of scenic pictures that we will definitely enjoy for the rest of our lives.
After our Table Mountain experience, we headed to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for several years. We took a ferry over to the island and were met by our tour guide, who was at one time a prisoner on the island. He gave us a tour of the cells and we were able to ask him questions about the prison in general and his personal experience.
Then we headed on a bus and got a guided tour of the island with a descriptive history. It was a humbling experience since the prisoners were fighting for their freedom and it happened so recently.
We headed back on the ferry and got a nice suntan (some of us are a little red) and had lunch along the water at the marina and looked at some African shops. Next, we got on the bus and headed to the courts for our bigmatch against the junior boys of South Africa.
Despite having an exhausting day and being drained from the sun, we managed to pull through with a 10-7 win, which the boys were not too pleased with. We had a delicious dinner at the courts and then headed back to our hotel. It was a long day, but we got to see amazing sites, learned a lot about South African history, and had a strong finish with our second win of the trip.