In the 80s Archbishop Desmond Tutu made frequent visits to All Saints Pasadena bringing not only his holy self and joyful spirit but tales of the blacks struggle for freedom in South Africa. That gave the female Adventurer an immediacy when the group made its first stop on their itinerary, a visit to Robben Island.
It was there that the anti-apartheid revolutionary and South Africa’s first fully-represented, democratically-elected president, Nelson Mandela, spent most of his 27 years in prison before being released in 1990.
The tour came in two parts, the first in a van that took them to hard to reach spots guided by a former inmate. This included the graveyard of Irish people who died from leprosy (the island was a leper colony before it was a prison, the Lime Quarry there the political prisoners did hard, , the army and navy bunkers used during World War II. This was followed by a tour by another former prisoner of the Maximum Security prison itself.
It was a beautiful day on the island, which is a rather desolate place. The seas were calm for the passage over. And it was hopeful sign for the world that people from countries worldwide took the time to visit.
They returned in time for lunch at the bustling waterfront building with food from around the world. Just outside was Nobel Square which pays tribute to South Africa`s four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; the late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F.W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela.
L like that a sea full chose Desmond’s head…
Photo of L and D “framed” and L in Nelson Mandela’s cell by Amy Roizen (c) 2018