Downtown

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With only two days left in Cape Town, it dawned on me that I hadn’t really spent much time in the downtown core. My hotel was situated right in the middle of everything, so I made some time to get to know the neighbourhood a little better.

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The train station was just across the street, supposedly one of most dangerous places for tourists. I guess the dude in the blue shirt does kind of have a crazed look in his eye… Unfortunately this photo doesn’t really do justice to the hustle and bustle of the five o’clock rush — everyone’s in a hurry to get home and watch their soaps!

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The Castle of Good Hope was only a block further down Strand Street. It’s South Africa’s oldest surviving structure, built by the Dutch in the seventeenth century.

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Some mannequins dressed in various Dutch period uniforms. Inside the castle was a great exhibit chronicling the Anglo-Boer War. The Dutch had built this castle to defend against British invasion, but that invasion didn’t happen until the late 1800s, when gold was discovered in the region.

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Here’s a model of a British blockhouse, a heavily fortified structure built to defend rail crossings and other strategic locations for the Brits. It worked.

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Okay, enough history! I was pleasantly surprised to see that mobile mania has also taken over South Africa — here’s just one of many street-side accessory stands dotting the downtown area. Unfortunately South Africans are a little bit behind in the technology, and I couldn’t trick out my Fido with any of the goodies they had for sale.

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I did, however, make a new friend. A chance visit to a small shop behind my hotel ended up in a lengthy political discussion about 9/11 and the Muslim religion. And if a love of cell phones can bring two ideologies together, then maybe there’s hope for us all :’-S

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Mobile phones, Linux and copyright reform. Those go together, right?
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One Response to Downtown

  1. Ray the Wat says:

    Your new friend looks like John Lovitz.

    So that’s where he’s been since his career tanked.

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