Friday, April 24, 2009
My Trip to Robben Island
But anyway, I woke up to an absolutely beautiful day here in South Africa. The weather really does change here very rapidly within a 24 hour period. It is really phenomenal to experience all different types of weather in the same day. I had a beautiful breakfast here in the Mount Nelson Hotel in Capetown and then left to go to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years; but 18 of those years were in hard labor. You guys, you haven't experienced a prison tour until you have had a tour by ex-prisoners. Former political prisoners show you around Robben Island.
First you take a catamaran over to the island then you get on a bus to tour the island, and then to Robben Island. Robben Island has a very long history; it was first a leprosy camp. Nelson Mandela experienced 18 years of eating the exact same food every day while he worked in the lime quarry. The political prisoners were overseen by the common prisoners; the worst thing to be was a political prisoner. If a political prisoner even acted like he was getting tired, he was tortured. Not beaten or punished, tortured by the common prisoners. It is amazing to see and understand all that has gone on and realize that Nelson Mandela was only freed in 1990. I hope that you take some time to read about Robben Island and Nelson Mandela; it is such a life-changing experience just to even know what he went through because he stood by his principles.
Also, tonight, we had a had a phenomenal welcome Country Dinner where I sat at a table with four different National Sales Directors from four different countries. It was amazing.
A slideshow of my trip will be posted here very soon; and will be continually updated. Stay tuned!
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