Since coming to Cape Town, I have had so many amazing experiences that it is hard to choose just a few to write about. Before traveling to South Africa, I had a small list of things I really wanted to see. One of which was the ostrich capital of the world: Oudtshoorn. To make this happen, I choose to travel along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth for spring break. We took a bus and stopped by places such as Cape Agulhus (the southern most point of the continent) and Hermanus (the best place to see whales from land). We went to vineyards, a game lodge, and an ostrich farm! It was a very memorable trip.
CIEE puts on a plenthra of programs for the students. One of my favorites was Food Jam, a cooking class filled with music and champagne and laughter. I made ostrich meatballs, and all the food was delicious. The program also provided a beading class for us, a trip to see a professional rugby game, a Bo Kaap tour and cooking class, and more.
Classes have been difficult, but the semester has been flying by. There are only three weeks left of classes! What is scary is that each final exam is worth at least 50% of the grade so I'm not remotely sure of what my grades will be. Being here has challenged me in ways I never imagined. Unlike America where uncomfortable topics are taboo, there are constant discussions here on homelessness, racism, and sexism. The student body here is very politically active. I have grown so much more these past few months than in years of living in New Hamsphire. I hope that I bring this energy of activism and awareness back to the States.