I’m here!!! And it’s absolutely beautiful.
I left London on Wednesday to spend the night in Toronto and visit with an old friend of mine before our respective flights. We somehow managed to find a reasonably priced restaurant within walking distance of Terminal 3 (Zet’s is where it’s at). Even though it was a short visit, it was great catching up with Marla!
I then spent the night in TO, and flew to Boston the next day. My flight leaving for Amsterdam was delayed two hours, but I ended up arriving in Amsterdam the next morning at 9:00, just in time to make my flight to Cape Town leaving at 10:00 am. The flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town was 11.5 hours long, but fortunately the wine was free. I arrived in Cape Town that night at 9:30, and met a few other exchange students before going to the vacation accommodations on upper campus for the night.
We moved into our house the following day. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the law school (just like my Kingston apartment!) and there are eight of us staying here – an American, a Dane, a German, a Hong Konger, a Parisian, a Norwegian, a Swede/Spaniard, and me! We went out for dinner on the Waterfront our first night together, and I had to try the zebra. It was a lighter meat than I thought it would be, and I have no idea how to describe the taste, other than it was delicious.
Our first day of orientation we did a tour of the Peninsula south of Cape Town. It was a bus tour, which was unfortunate in that we were all exhausted and then stuck in a bus, but we covered a lot of ground and saw a pretty good route. Our first stop was Maiden’s Cove, which is by one of the more popular beaches here. It was a quick stop, but we were able to stretch our legs and take a look at the Atlantic.
From there, we went to Oceanview, an Apartheid-created township (similar to an inner city area). We were hosted at one of the local schools for lunch and entertainment, which consisted of local dancers and singers. They were all much more talented than I am.
After our lunch break, we went to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Both capes are used for navigation purposes for sea travel. We didn’t get to stop for as long as I would’ve liked to, but we were able to climb up to the lighthouse at Cape Point for a fantastic view.
After seeing the Capes, we headed back into the city. I met up with Sacha for a night out in Cape Town (we didn’t take any Alice-worthy photos, but we will!). The following day was an orientation day, but the campus tour wasn’t all that useful, so one of my housemates and I took a minibus taxi into the city and wandered up and down Long Street and around the waterfront, where I took the banner photo of Table Mountain. I was able to orient myself in the city, and then today headed up to campus to give myself a tour.
The law school is in Middle Campus, so I don’t have to walk all the way up top, but the best views are in Uppr Campus. The building with the columns in front of it is where Obama spoke when he visited UCT.
We still have this week off, other than registering for classes, so I’m sure I’ll do a lot more exploring. That’s all for now!