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Robben Island

Katherine and I went to Robben Island, the political prison on the island just off of Cape Town. It's the island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held. It was a unique tour because it was given by an ex-convict of the prison.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Photo Notes:

There were a lot of these frames around the town telling you where Table Mountain was. Of all the geographical landmarks, I think I could guess which one was table mountain based on how flat it is. Regardless, it was a good place to stop and take a photo.

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On the Boat

On the Boat

Photo Notes:

Katherine and I set off to Robben Island to check out the prison. Luckily we had a 2 way ticket!

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Cape Town

Cape Town

Photo Notes:

This is the view of Cape Town on your way to Robben Island.

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Welkom

Welkom

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This is the sign as you enter the prison's area on Robben island.

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Limestone Quarry

Limestone Quarry

Photo Notes:

There is a lot of history in this photo. This is the limestone quarry that the political prisoners worked at while serving their sentences on Robben Island. You can see the guard shack to the left, a cave in the center-left, and a pile of rocks on the right-hand side. The cave is the location where the prisoners would go to the bathroom and also get out of the heat to eat their lunches, if they were given one. Since the lunch room doubled as a bathroom, the guards never went in there, which gave the political prisoners a chance to talk about whatever they wanted. The rock pile on the right was started by Nelson Mandela when he, and other political prisoners visited the prison after it was shut down to recant their stories for historical reasons. Nelson Mandela, without saying a word, picked up a stone and placed it on the ground. The rest of the political prisoners followed him in doing the same. The limestone wall started where the rock pile is, giving everyone who visits the island just how much work they did.

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Shore Through the Aloe

Shore Through the Aloe

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Courtyard

Courtyard

Photo Notes:

This is the courtyard that the prisoners would do their work in. In the far right corner was Nelson Mandela's garden. Our guide told a story about how the prisoners found a way to put notes inside tennis balls and they would throw them over the wall into different courtyards. The guards didn't think anything of why a ball would be thrown into the courtyard and then be thrown back a few minutes later. At one point, the guards were told by the warden that the guards would not be able to outsmart the prisoners, so the guards were told to become smarter.

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Nelson Mandela's Cell

Nelson Mandela's Cell

Photo Notes:

I didn't take many photos inside the prison because of lighting and not enough room to take a wide enough photo to be interesting. This is one photo I did take, however. This is Nelson Mandela's prison cell.

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Prison Hall

Prison Hall

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This is the prison hallway at Robben Island

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Sharp

Sharp

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The entire Robben Island facility was enclosed with barbed wire fence. It was, after all, a prison.

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Entrance

Entrance

Photo Notes:

ON the way out, I snapped a few photos of the entrance into the prison on Robben Island.

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Cape Town

Cape Town

Photo Notes:

We made it back to Cape Town and had dinner on the wharf. We took a Ferris Wheel to get some views of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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From the Wheel

From the Wheel

Photo Notes:

This is the view of the V&A Waterfront from the Cape Wheel, the Ferris Wheel on the waterfront.

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Docks

Docks

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Sunset

Sunset

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The sun started to set and we decided to get back to our hotel for the evening.

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Table Mountain
On the Boat
Cape Town
Welkom
Limestone Quarry
Shore Through the Aloe
Courtyard
Nelson Mandela's Cell
Prison Hall
Sharp
Entrance
Cape Town
From the Wheel
Docks
Sunset
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