Boulders bay - Simonstown
Yesterday we set off for cape point (where the Indian ocean meets the Atlantic) and stopped over in Simonstown where huge colonies (is that the right term for a group of penguins?) gather .. its is quite spectacular , there is a small secluded beach where its possible to swim.. - it is quite something to have penguins swimming near you they may waddle in to the water but they swim so fast... its amusing to watch them waddle out of the water and back to their babies on a mission to feed.
The day was topped off with our final group match- we decided to leave the car in Fish hoek and got the train in to Capetown... we have been warned not to ride the trains as there are tales of robbery etc .. but we had a great time and chatted to the warm and friendly local South Africans striking up friendships with local lads from a township nearby.
The Townships lie side by side next to the affluent areas .. miles and miles of corrugated tin roofs placed on top of brightly coloured Wendy sized houses that I can only imagine sleep large numbers... once again the contrast between the haves and have nots is very apparent. there are large government signs up that herald new building works / sewage plants..but reading the press and speaking to locals so much money has been spent on the world cup that has to be funded from the state purse Its hard to see how it can happen at the speed expected.- Fifa take all profits from games and ticket sales etc..
The football was amazing we were high up at green point stadium and even though we know Holland is through and Cameroon out- it was full capacity and CAMEROON DID THEM SELVES PROUD! - Tom was of course shouting for Cameroon and blowing the Vezula ..I was listing to the black eyed peas to drown the sound out of the horns! -
Off to Robbin Island today - to see Nelsons prison cell.
best wishes to all- thanks for your lovely messages
J L AND T X