Local Time: 5:40 pm
Time Zone: SAST South Africa Standard Time
How far did we travel this week?
How far have we traveled on our journey so far?
12,559.85 km or 7,806 miles
How did we get around this week?
This week I used the mini bus to get around.
What was the most interesting place we visited this week?
The most interesting place we visited this week was our visit to the Bo-Kaap Muslim community in Cape Town, South Africa.
This Week’s Travel News:
This weekend was truly an eye-opening and rewarding experience. We did a home stay in a Muslim community called Bo-Kaap. “A homestay is a form of tourism and/or study abroad program that allows visitors to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability“.
The Bo-Kaap community here in Cape Town is known as one of the most religious communities in South Africa. The first Muslim mosque in South Africa was established here. What makes this small community so special is not only their strong religious values but also their colorful homes from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.
The people who live in Bo-Kaap are called Cape Malays. As part of their religion they participate in Ramadan. On the evening of the last day of Ramadan the people of Bo-Kaap participate in a three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr, which means the festival of breaking the fast. In is during this festival where the residents of Bo-Kaap repaint their homes! They make sure to talk to their neighbors about the color that they decide to paint their house so that no one paints their home the same color.
I loved staying with my homestay family. They really made me feel at home and I was able to try some of their traditional Cape Malay cuisine. I also took a cooking class where I learned how to make chicken masala and samosas. Samosas are my favorite and they were not as hard to make as I thought. Samosas are pastries that are stuffed with meats, vegetables and spices.
From this cooking class, I learned that their foods are unique because of the specific seasonings they to cook with. An example of a distinct spice used in this culture is masala. Masala is a combination of many different types of spices. I cannot wait to go back next weekend to visit the monthly Bo-Kaap market. Here, I will be able to buy my own Cape Malay spices so that I can cook the traditional cuisine for my family when I get back to the United States. This experience was really fun and I learned a great deal about the residents of Bo-Kaap.
Weather Tally :
Partly cloudy: 0
How was the weather this week?
Although South Africa is transitioning into winter, the weather here is still really warm during the day but really cold at night.
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What activity was the most fun this week?
The cooking class in the Bo-Kaap community was the most fun this week.