It isn’t often that I get as deeply moved as I was during my visit to Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years of incarceration.
I had often seen pictures and videos of the infamous courtyard and Mandela’s cell. I had a basic sense of what it would be like and yet, nothing came even close to the powerful – and actually very transformative – experience that Robben Island would turn out to be.
2 – The Power of Learning
I had just started a month long farm sit in the wine region around Cape Town, a little town called Wellington, in close proximity to Paarl, the place best known for Mandela’s “Walk to Freedom”.
While Cape Town has many beautiful things to offer, visiting Robben Island and paying my respects to the great “Madiba” had been on my bucket list for many years.
The day started with a boat ride on a stunningly beautiful day, seals riding along with us – “Robbe” is the Dutch (and German) word for seal – and even an occasional whale making an appearance.