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Swimming with Penguins -

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


Posted by WAKEFIELDS 02:23 Archived in South Africa

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Hi Lesley and Tom, have just caught up on your adventures... brilliant. Such an experience for you both. I have no interest in football info, so not going to comment on that!!
I'll keep reading and hope you enjoy the remainder of your trip.
Jenny Hall xx

by Jenny Hall


Just great to read through your stuff at LAST, we are in Togo having crossed over at Wli Falls, I envy you the Hot Showers (any shower’s really) clean squidgy beds, not to sure about the Temperatures.

Donated all the bits and pieces from Tom’s bag much to the recipients delight, toyed with keeping the bag IN CASE, but if I keep doing that we will never move under the weight.

Took spare batteries to the Clinic, TOM they found your strap!! From your crocs and had kept it for you RRRRR., bit late now.

Fottie has been an experience I choose to forget only for the performance they put in, David and I watched it with two boarder officials (women, the men were sleeping off the nights before Ghana victory which was fantastic also watched by us and them at the boarder post) with a couple of Togolese kids who walked across no mans land due to the lack of a TV. What a let down, Oh well there’s always 2004!!

Not sure how this Blog stuff works so have just “posted” my message on the latest update.

Great meeting you both, Tom will see you and your pack in the blink of an eye

US x

by Jayne David & Lizzybus

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