Travelog: Cape Town, South Africa (Day 2)

A music group influenced by tribal culture playing on the streets of Cape Town.

Once again the alarm came all too quickly. The time change was 6 hours ahead from Virginia and proved to be a brutal adjustment. This being said, we still got up because there was much to do.

My father had to go to business meetings in the morning leaving my Grandpa and me to our own devices. Luckily for us however, the spouses of members in the GCCA who attended were in the same boat and had planned something fun, and we decided to tag along.

Upon boarding the bus we noticed something very quickly, along with one other guy, we were the only men going on the trip. Something else we found was that this trip was obviously geared toward a female audience.

Erasmus Stephanus, the Shepherd who found diamonds as a boy.

Erasmus Stephanus, the Shepherd who found diamonds as a boy.

The Diamond Museum was the first stop on our little adventure. It turned out to be more of a shop than a museum. There was still a lot of history pertaining to diamonds, and if you like these jewels, then Erasmus Stephanus is the man you should be thanking, because he was a shepherd who first discovered diamonds in South Africa.

Even though the museum section was the most interesting to me, the others seemed to like what came next more. We were hurried through the museum and led to the shop. While everyone else was looking at all the expensive jewelry, my Grandpa and I found comfy chairs to sit in, where we just so happened to stay for a while waiting.

The side of a mountain range engulfed by clouds.

When we finally left the Diamond Museum we were on our way to our next stop, the famous Botanical Gardens of South Africa. Once we arrived, a tour guide took us all around the garden to see everything nature had to offer here. Many different plants covered the gardens, with many being indigenous to South Africa. The sky was very cloudy because we were on the side of a mountain, which only made the gardens look that much more beautiful. The whole trek around the garden was a couple miles, but went by quickly with all the different scenery to look at.

After the gardens, my Grandpa and I decided to break away from the rest of the group to walk around the city. At this time, we bought some gifts to take home and also tried something new. I got my hair braided and had someone paint my face with tribal ancestral markings of South Africa.

One of the prettiest flowers South Africa's Botanical Gardens had to offer.

One of the prettiest flowers found in South Africa’s Botanical Gardens.

When we were done wandering around Cape Town, we headed back to the hotel to meet my Dad and get ready for another business dinner. By now I was used to the fanciness of these meals and mentally prepared myself for the meal taking almost 2 hours. This being said, there was something different about it.

There was a featured guest at the dinner named Clem Sunter who described himself as a “scenario planner”. He published a book along with Chantell Ilbury titled, “Mind of a Fox”. He also predicted a terrorist attack on America a whole three months before 9/11. After the attack, the US government contacted him and asked how he came to the prediction. He then worked with our government on the future of our country. Sunter also met and talked with Nelson Mandela while he was in jail about the future of South Africa. They discussed different “scenarios” that could happen in the country and how to potentially avoid the bad ones.

Sunter then spoke about the future of the world, giving different scenarios and explanations based upon what was happening right now. Once dinner was over, the fatigue from all the walking finally caught up with us, and once again we were ready for a good night’s rest.