After a few days of relaxing, wandering around Cape Town, and catching up on washing, we're off to Robben Island, where Mandela was incerated for so many years. It's a very well conducted tour, and people are sheparded onto a ferry, across to the island, and piled onto a bus. We were then driven around the island to see the various points of interest: the lime quarry, the stone quarry, the leper cemetery, and the guards living quarters. The whole island isn't a prison, the prison is built on part of it.
After the bus tour, we move into the prison itself, where we are shown around by an ex-inmate. It's very clinical compared to the fort in Johannesburg, but still very interesting.
Something that did stay with me, is a story our guide told us. Essentially, after being released, he contacted when the prison was to be turned into a museum, and asked if he would like to return as a guide. He agreed, and moved to the island with his family. What he was not told, however, was that still living on the island were a number of ex-guards who used to watch over him when he was a prisoner. He told us that was a hard time in his life, to have to learn to live along side the people who used to guard him. He admits it was difficult at first, but in time, everyone learned to move on.