After a weekend camping on the countryside by the Breede River, three days of holiday continued with a road trip to Langebaan (a beach town north of Cape Town) where my friend Lucy and me stayed in a little house just next to the beach. I found the ocean having a very calming impact on me and I love just walking along the beach studying the waves coming in over the beach and then return back towards the endless horizon. I would go up early in the morning watching the sun rise bringing the light over the sand dunes and the shells being washed up on the beach. In the evenings me and Lucy would sit at the rocks outside our house, watching the sun set while the seals were playing and swimming in the waves.
During our little short holiday we also drove up to Saldanha, a town north of Langebaan, from where we watched a ship wreck and funny rock formations in the ocean. On our way back to Cape Town we also visited the West Coast National Park, a park offering an amazing view of the Atlantic ocean and the Langebaan Lagoon. If you are lucky (or unlucky) you can also spot different animals in the park as e.g. cobras zebras, elands, flamingos, pelicans and turtles and in the ocean dolphins and wales (when it is season).
In Cape Town, the summer is almost over now and the winter is on its way, but still the weather is good enough for making a little road trip and go camping. During my times spent in South Africa I have come to learn one thing – South Africans love to go camping and off course also to braai different types of meat (Braai is Afrikaans and means grill or barbecue and it is a social custom among some of the people in e.g. South Africa, Botswana and Namibia).
So there we were my friends and me, at River Goose Camp Site, in the Western Cape, about 2,5 hours driving from Cape Town. The drive is beautiful and worth the trip in it self, driving over the high mountains (giving a perfect view of Cape Town and the Atlantic ocean from above), along the mountains and I can’t even count the vineyards that we passed by on our way to the camping site.
Surrounded by mountains, vineyards in abundance, an apricot farm and fields of sheep we spent a lovely weekend camping on the river bank of the Breede River. Besides a group of young men having the party of their lives just across the river, it was a lovely and peaceful place. The camping site was provided with very neat washroom facilities and every camping spot had its own table and fireplace, making the stay very convenient. It was a relaxing weekend that passed by with us doing basically nothing except from paddling kayak, reading magazines and books, cooking food and enjoying good company and off course one or two braais.
Thank you Madiba for being an inspiration, not only for me and for my friends in South Africa, but also for people and nations all over the world. You chose to take your part in the fight against apartheid. After 27 years in prison, instead of giving in to bitterness and revenge, you still chose to advocate for reconciliation and forgiveness. For that I deeply admire you. And I believe that specific decision changed the path of South Africa’s history – for the better.
Even though you moved on from your earthly home, the memory of your leadership and endurance in the fight for freedom and equal rights will continue to inspire me and people throughout the history.
So thank you Madiba for your great contribution to us. Now finally you get to rest in peace.