Oh Cape Town!
Abstract: This was such a great week here in South Africa. I am truly going to miss this place.
Time sure has flown by this semester. I can still remember the first day of my arrival here in South Africa. Looking back on that day, everything seems so different. I have truly become emerged in the culture and traditions of South Africa. I am excited about returning home and sharing my wonderful adventures with family and friends. I also look forward to spreading the spirit of Ubuntu to those in my community. Can you remember the meaning of the word Ubuntu from my Traditions Field Note?
Local Time: 10:20 am
Time Zone:SAST South Africa Standard Time
Location (Latitude, Longitude): -22.725, 18.430
How far did I travel this week? 24.8 km
How far have I traveled on your journey so far? 13,374.75 km or 8,310.68 miles
How did I get around this week? To get around this week, I mainly used a mini bus. Also, this weekend I used a cab.
What was the most interesting place I visited this week?
The most interesting place that I visited this week was the Kaapzicht Wine Estate in Kuils River. Did you know that grape-growing and wine making is a major industry in South Africa?
Other travel news:
This past Friday marked our final dinner as CIEE students studying abroad at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. We had a combined dinner with the Arts and Sciences students and it was really fun. Considering that we rarely get to mingle with the CIEE students in the Arts and Sciences program, it was a great opportunity to talk to them about their experiences in South Africa.
From the numerous conversations with different people, it became clear that our experiences here in South Africa were so different. Unlike my Service-Learning program where we spend a great majority of our time in local communities, Arts and Sciences students do not. I think that this played a major role in our understanding of South Africa. One of the only similarities that I found through my conversations were the feelings of constantly being reminded that you are an American by locals.
What I also enjoyed about the evening was the delicious varieties of foods and the interesting choice of music. It really added to the event and made my realize just how much I am going to miss South Africa once I return to the United States.
Weather Tally (enter the # of days for each weather type):
Partly cloudy: 2
What is the air temperature right now? 61 degrees Fahrenheit
How was the weather this week?
The weather was cloudy for the majority of the week with a few instances of sunshine.
What animals did I see this week?
I saw goats this week in one of the local townships. They actually stopped traffic as they crossed the road. I also spotted a couple of cows.
What was the coolest thing I saw in nature this week?
What languages are spoken here?
There are a total of eleven official languages spoken here in South Africa. They are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
What type of money is used here?
The type of money that is used here is the Rand.
How much does a bottle of water cost?
A bottle of water ranges in price depending on the size of the bottle. A typical bottle of drinking water costs eight Rand.
What was the best meal this week?
The coolest meal that I had this week was beef bobotie. This is a traditional Cape Malay or South African dish made with finely chopped meat and egg. It tastes very similar to meatloaf except for the addition of the egg and the other spices that were added.
What music did I listen to this week?
I listened to various different types of gospel music. One song in particular that I listened to was a Zulu gospel song called Malibongwe. Here are the lyrics and their translation (http://africangospellyrics.wordpress.com/):
Ngaphandle kwakho, anginathemba, anginalutho
(Without you I have no hope, I have nothing)
Ngaphandle kwakho, Ngaphandle kwakho (repeat)
(Without you, without you)
Wangifela esiphambanweni, Wangikhipha ezonweni zam
(You died for me at the cross, You cleansed me of my sins)
Ngasho ngahlala nawe iNkosi, Ngasho ngahlala nawe iNkosi
(And I got to dwell with you God, And I got to dwell with you God)
Malibongwe igama lakho, Malibongwe igama lakho)
(Let your name be praised, Let your name be praised)
Malibongwe igama, Malibongwe igama,
(Let your name, let your name)
Malibongwe igama lakho
(Let your name be praised)
(Repeat from the top)
(Be praised, be praised)
Malibongwe, Malibongwe (repeat)
(Be praised, be praised)
What activity was the most fun this week?
The activity that was most fun for me this week was visiting an art exhibit that one of my fellow colleagues put together. She is a volunteer at a local non-profit organization called Yabonga. This organization assists families affected by HIV/AIDS. For her service work this semester, she decided to start a program called “Art for Action”. In this program, she gave youth participants disposable cameras to document their life in South Africa. They had to take pictures according to different prompts assigned to them. The art exhibition was a display of their pictures to the community. The pictures were so beautiful and gave great insight into the lives of the participants. You could see South Africa through their eyes. What I liked most about this project was that it gave the participants a platform to share their lives with others through photography.
What did I read this week?
This week I read a couple of articles about the current status of the education system here in South Africa.
What games or sports did I play this week?
I played a game of Telephone with some youngsters at a youth center in Constantia, South Africa. They really enjoyed the game although we could never get the correct message to travel throughout the circle. I think that it was because the youngsters were passing the message around the circle in Afrikaans and the volunteers all spoke English. Have you ever played Telephone? Could you imagine playing it with two languages in the circle?