We are visiting South Africa to see our daughter who is living there at the moment, but the primary purpose is a holiday to experience the country and I will be armed with my camera in the hope of getting enough material for a whole round of ABC Wednesday.
But back to the present. Our daughter is living in Observatory (or Obz), named after the South African Astronomical Observatory. Although it was established in 1972, it traces its roots to 1820 when the Royal Observatory founded the first scientific institution at the Cape of Good Hope.
Obz as it is known is also very much a student area, being close to the university, and also nearby is the Rhodes Memorial on Devil’s Peak. It commemorates the life of of Cecil John Rhodes with whom I share my surname.
We will be staying at Carmichael House in Rosebank, a guest house on the slopes of Devil’s Peak and ten minutes from Newlands Cricket Ground — our daughter has already booked tickets for a Twenty20 match and hopefully we will get to watch others.
There are lots of other things we plan to do and see. Cape Aghulas, the southern most point of Africa where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean. The beautiful Garden Route, including Mossel Bay where Bartholomew Dias threw anchor in 1488. The wildlife, especially the penguins and whales. And not forgetting the sunset seen from Table Mountain.
Exciting days ahead!