We had planned to go to Robben Island the week before, but this was our first day all week that we had enough time to go on the whole tour. We arrived to purchase tickets 30 minutes before the ferry departed, which was what was recommended online. Unfortunately we were not aware that you could purchase tickets online ahead of time and the Robben Island tours were sold out for the next 2 weeks. Between everyone's holidays and graduation happening at UCT, it was booked. This meant that despite us all reading Long Walk to Freedom, we could not visit the place where the book was mainly written. To say that we were disappointed would be an understatement.
Since we had already paid for a cab to go to downtown Cape Town, we made the most of it and decided to shop instead.
The afternoon was spent doing whatever we wanted! I had been longingly looking at the pool in the courtyard of our residence and decided it was time to lay out. Good choice.
In the evening, the 5 of us headed to Green Market Square to do a bit more shopping. Earlier in the week, Sharnay and Felicia had told us about a tree lighting ceremony that was a huge deal in Cape Town. They were coming into the city for it, so we met them there! It was a grand event with lots of street vendors, performers on stage, and Christmas cheer. The girls said that most people from the Townships come into the city for this celebration. I was happy to spend time with the 2 of them outside of Manenberg and away from their responsibilities.