S: White SHark Project March 2011
FC: White Shark Projects | South Africa March 2011
2: The Volunteers | Alex | Mikey | Tina | Emma
3: Emily | Jillian | Dave | Josefine | These were the other volunteers at WSP while I was there. They were from all over the world: Alex - Switzerland Emma - the US Tina - Sweden Mikey - England Dave - Spain (England) Jillian - Hawaii Jo - Norway
4: The crew on White Shark Projects: Gerald and Grant- Skippers Julia- Videographer and volunteer coordinator Andy- Videographer Mandela, the Rastafarian dude (I can't remember his name) and B- The boat crew And of course all of us volunteers! | The Crew
6: Every Tuesday White Shark Projects runs a recycling program in a nearby township. All weeklong the local kids collect plastic and glass to bring to the bright orange shipping container that the program is run out of. In return they get points that they can use to purchase a whole bunch of different items like pens, hairclips, small toys, clothes and other items.
8: In the cage...
10: Hanging out with Marine Dynamics
11: Marine Dynamics is the other shark company that uses volunteers and we liked to hang out together. One we all got together so the boys could play cricket (until they lost the ball sin the bushes), and rugby. The rest of us sunbathed. Later we had a braai. Our house brought vegetables, various meats and a vodka watermelon.
12: Party 'in
13: When the boat was having engine trouble we didn't have to wake up early to load it up, so instead we drank. The skippers favorite bar was this place called Ernie's. Sadly. it closed for good the night before I left.
22: Day Excursion to Cape Town | One day Andy had to run some errands in Cape Town so we tagged along. On the way there we stopped at an overlook and ran into a scary baboon and some men parasailing.
23: Me, Alex, and Jo grabbed lunch then went on a little shopping spree in the mall. I fell asleep on the way home but woke up when we stopped by a cheetah rescue center. This was my last full day at WSP. The next day Emma and I said our goodbyes and climbed on the bus.
24: Two Oceans Aquarium
25: This was a fairly nice aquarium. I absolutely loved the giant spider crab exhibit (these things are huge!) the kelp forest exhibit (which is just plain beautiful) and of course the predator exhibit (with the ragged tooth sharks). I also loved that they walk the rock hopper penguins through the aquarium as they switch them from their outside habitat to the indoor one.
26: Table Mountain | I loved the cable cars that take you up the mountain. The inside floor spins so that you get to see all the views on the way up. I would have loved to hike the mountain but since I was bymyself it was a no go. It was gorgeous at the top. I walked around one of the little trails for a while but didn't go too far as it was rather toasty at the top.
28: Out-N-About in Cape Town
29: World | of | Birds | in Cape Town | I rode the hop on hop off bus to World of Birds. It's this ramshackle place made mostly of chicken wire and plywood and full of all kinds of animals. I visited the kookaburras first because they are my absolute favortie bird. I loved the wallabees and the scary carion birds but one of the most interesting exhibits was the owl enclosure. There was a sighn on the eclosure "Owl Mating Season: Enter at Your Own Risk" Once I entered the area I realized the owls are not caged. Most were fairly calm, but one decided to sit on top of the exit door and literally hiss at me whenever I moved towards it. I ended up shielding my face and running through the door and thankfully it didn't attack!
30: Spider Monkeys at World of Birds
31: At World of Birds they have a special enclosure where you can go in and hang out with the spider monkeys. They are so curious and inquisitive! I had only sat down for a few seconds before a few jumped on me. On went for my water bottle while another actually managed to unzip my backpack and stuck his head in. I spent over an hour in this part of the zoo because the monkeys were so cute and so much fun to watch and play with.
32: To get to Robben Island I had to arrive at a dock to catch a ferry that would take me out to the Island. I sat on top for the ride out and ended being almost blown away but I did get some amazing pictures of Cape Town shore. On the island I took a 45 minute bus tour with an amazing guide and then a 30 minute tour of the facilities with a former prisoner. Unfortunately he was a bit difficult to understand so I'm not sure how much I actually learned, but Robben Island is such a big part of Cape Town history that it was worth the tour.
33: This is Mandela's jail cell. While he was there he actually had furniture and books so it was not quite as bare. Also below is the rock quarry where him and other prisoners were forced to break rocks. The white of the quarry left most of the prisoners with permanent eye damage. The rock quarry was also where the political prisoners educated the other prisoners and gaurds.This is why Robben's Island's nickname was "the university."
35: After coming back from Robben Island I found a fish and chips place and had some fried calamari and chips before making my way back to my hostel and taking a cab to the airport. (The cabbie was crazy and almost killed me btw) I had an unevenful flight to Joburg and then boarded my flight to DC. I actually slept for most of this flight. I was so asleep that when we stopped in Dakar the man next to me had to get my carry on, put it in my lap, then put it back and physically buckle me in before the plane took off. Mom picked me up at the airport and thus ended my South African adventure. But I do plan on going back August 2012....