Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm gonna attempt to upload fotos! me and the family went into cape town on sunday...to the V&A waterfront. very touristy area, but lots of south african history and local shops as well. we ate at the cape town fish market, a very popular restaraunt chain in the cape...and we also had a very nice view of table mountain as well. it was pretty cool seeing all of the entertainers on the street...everywhere you went, people were doing something. i saw a tin man - dancing all robotically and whatnot ;) i also saw some ladies dancing with fishing poles in traditional clothing...it looked like fun so i joined in. the lady grabbed my arm and started dancing with me! that was cool. there's so many different cultures here, that there really isn't a typical south african - which is kind of cool in a way. i'm making friends at school that are from all different ancestry and ethinicity, all with their own culture...and it's pretty eye opening. many people portray south africa as the now happy-go-lucky democratic rainbow nation. and it is, in some aspects, and especially with the younger generation. but south africa still has many many many problems that it needs to work out. it's quite the shocker coming from my little bubble that i lived in in america into a country that has had a pretty turbulent past. some things i don't understand, and i never will - but i've learned to accept that. i sometimes don't agree with the views of many people here. but, i've realized something. people are people, and in south africa especially, they've grown up in a society that associated superiority with the whites...some whites here still believe they're superior. i don't agree with it, but like i say, people are people. it's just a situation that i have to deal with, and take as a learning experience. i feel very very fortunate to have grown up in a society where racial tensions and discrimination/segregation are virtually non-existant. i can't wait to go to orientation on the 25th! really looking forward to seeing how everyone is doing.