Today is my third day in Cape Town. I have settled in nicely, I’m sleeping well; I’m already working to Cape Town time. My accommodation is cosy and close to the university campus so no problems there also. Please find attached a photo of the view from my room, table mountain baby!
Yesterday I went on a city bus tour; I saw lots of interesting sites, for example the V&A Waterfront and the South African Jewish museum. I also got to take in some beautiful views at the Table Mountain cable car base (I didn’t go up, I want to hike it at some point) and the beach areas of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bantry Bay. Obviously the tour just skimmed the surface of the cities hi-lights, I have masses more to see and explore, I also hear that Cape Town is a good spot for wine tasting 🙂
I start work tomorrow on Tuesday 18th June. Today is a public holiday, National Youth Day. The public holiday commemorates the start of the Soweto Riots of 1976 in which over 360 black youths were killed. The riots were initially sparked by a government edict that all instruction in black schools must be held in Afrikaans rather than in English or any of the native African languages. The day is celebrated to recognize the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa from the Apartheid regime. I certainly have a lot to learn regarding the politics of South Africa, I’m looking forward to it!
I’ll be in touch with my first impressions of H3-D soon.