Mother city where the 2 oceans meet
Cape Town Travel Blog› entry 24 of 26 › view all entries
October 29th, 2009 – by: herman_munster
Visitors were transported to the island via ferry. The ferries depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront which I spent an hour for. Once on the Island, visitors were transported by bus through major spot and lastly to the Prison itself. It is important for all visitors to experience all phases of the Island, to realize that the Island is a place of pain and a place of triumph and victory.
The next day was yet another great day to wander around. I had a meet up for lunch with Captonian buddies I’ve chatted over a the years. In the morning I strolled down to The "Bo Kaap" or "Cape Malay Quarter" belongs to the culturally and historically most interesting parts of Cape Town. Many of the inhabitants are descendants of the people from Indonesia (Batavia), Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia, who were captured in the 17th and 18th century and enslaved by the Dutch-East Indian Trading Company.
The Cape Malays and their religious leaders played an important role in the development of the language and culture of the Cape colony. The Afrikaans language evolved as a language of its own through a simplification of Dutch in order for the slaves to be able to communicate with the Dutch and amongst each others, since they all came from different countries and cultures.
The Cape Malays have preserved their cultural identity and Muslimism creed. The old Malay Quarter with its steep and narrow streets, the plain artisan houses, Mosques and Minaretts reaches from the Buitengracht street up to the Signal Hill. The houses were restored and colorfully painted. The architectural style is a synthesis of Cape Dutch and Edwardian.
Finally I met Nabilah, the ever gorgeous travlady from Capetown. Nabilah,her sidekick Zayyaan and I had a lovely lunch at Kloof Street. Wanted to eat something unique about South African but in the end I had ostrich burger. It was a very short hang out. We had to meet up again somewhere in the world! And to my surprise she had an exciting travel plan line up for her for the next 2 years! All the best to you Nabilah. A very wise carrier move and you are going to have the world in your hand.
Later another short chatted over travbuddy site month before, paved to another meet up with Captonian TB. Gerrit spared a very good time drove me around Capetown. We took cable car to top of Table Mountain. One of the most scenic views I’ve seen towards the city and the sea.
SEE YOU GUYS AGAIN !
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