I remember an old angry professor telling me that the original Portuguese name for the “Cape of Good Hope” was “Cabo das Tormentas” or the “Cape of Storms” because of the rough seas surrounding it. The seas might get stormy, but I cannot say I’ve seen a more beautiful place. Every night the sun would slowly dip into the ocean brushing its final rays onto the mountains.
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In all of my travels one of the most memorable experience was “Awesome Time” in Cape Town, South Africa. Two of my friends, Ben and Alicia Eakins, have been working in a squatter’s camp for the last few years. One of their weekly activities is to assemble all of the kids and read with them. Alicia reads a story to the whole group, and then adults sit individually with the kids and read with them. It was an immense blessing to be part of this for one week. The best part was getting to see the kids interact with Ben and Alicia, they swarmed them with hugs as soon as they got out of the car and were anxious to feel Alicia’s pregnant stomach. It was an amazing time!
In early February 2010 my Dad and I went from Cape Town to Gaansbai to swim with the apex predator of the sea, the great white shark. We went on the tour with Great White Shark Tours under Captain Brian Macfarlane Jr. We waited for about an hour while we watched our chum line slowly stretch out into the sea. Finally, the sharks showed up in full force. We hopped in the cage and watched these prehistoric beasts swim by and bite the bait. It was an amazing adrenaline fill experience.