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At last I finally reached my destination on the southern tip of this vast continent that I had just flown across. Cape Town has perhaps the most beautiful surroundings of any city in the world, at least that I have seen. The city itself was ok, but the nature is absolutely breathtaking.

But it's also a city with a long an important history. For centuries it has been a European outpost, a checkpoint on the way to India. After the establishment of South Africa, the history is a different one. Sure Cape Town is still a very important harbour in a global context, but for the last century the eyes of the world has been just as much focused on this island in the foreground as the city of Cape Town. The photo was taken from Robben Island, known as a prison during apartheid, where Nelson Mandela among others was a prisoner for 18 years. My guide on the island, a former prisoner, said he met Mandela many times and also when they were imprisoned.

The weather this day was overcast and about 7 degrees. A hailstorm hit my boat on the way out, but luckily the view got better on the way back! It did give me an impression of how it must have been out there without having access to warm clothes or blankets. Must have been very cold. My guide said Mandela once complained about the lack of respect and he was offered a blanket. He refused to take the blanket until everyone else was given the same offer. Eventually he got his will.

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Additional Photos by Fredrik Henriksen (Bergenphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 270 W: 55 N: 447] (2592)
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