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Month: January, 2012

Onwards to Zim

What are the chances that I run into my old roommate Punit at Gate A23 in Jo-burg Airport, South Africa?  Relatively high considering we planned to do so.  His flight from JFK is a bit delayed making the meet-up slightly more stressful as he appears just ten minutes before the gate closes. The next couple […]

Stay left, hug right

Renting a car in a British-influenced country usually means that I will not be driving on the “right” side of the road.  And to make things slightly more complicated, the steering wheel also switches sides of the car.  My mantra while driving quickly becomes “stay left, hug right” because I need to remember to stay […]

Addo Elephant National Park

When planning this trip a couple months back, the four of us were debating whether to go to Addo or Kruger.  Kruger is one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa and is one of the more famous parks in the world; therefore, choosing not to go here was a big decision.  The […]

The Garden Route

On our way from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape, we make sure to stop at some of the most beautiful coastline that the Africa and the world have to offer.  This stretch of coast is better known as the Garden Route.  Some of the highlights include Mossel Bay Beach where we enjoy a […]

The Botanical Gardens and Johnny Clegg

Many of us who had just finished our school program spent one evening at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens listening to the South African musician Johnny Clegg.  Clegg’s sounds can probably best be described by imagining an ethnically South African Dave Matthews Band.  We all brought snacks and local wine to this family-friendly concert with its […]

Around Cape Town

The Penguins of Boulders Beach: Stellenbosch Vineyards: The Cheetahs of Spier Winery: Hike to the top of Lion’s Head: Hout Bay: Cape of Good Hope:

Setting Table Mountain

Although I hiked to the top of Cape Town’s famous mountain only the other day, I could not resist returning to its summit to enjoy a clear sunset.  Luckily, there is a shortcut to the top by means of a cable car. Even on a clear day, the table cloth, an appropriately named layer of […]

From The Mountains to The Sea

I didn’t get enough heights from my paragliding adventure and searched out that dizzying, gut-wrenching feeling caused by looking downwards from great heights the same afternoon after my Lion’s Head paragliding flight. The recently built Cape Town Stadium is partially covered by a glass roof, from which we can see Table Mountain on one side, […]

Flying into Cape Town

Stefan says to me, “On the count of three, we will start running.  And don’t forget to not sit down.” “Right,” I reply. “I guess I’m ready.” I ineffectively try to wipe the sweat from my face on this scorcher of day. I think of all the not-so-reassuring words that fellow flyer and classmate Matt […]

Cape Town’s South Beach

In order to fully understand the many aspects of Cape Town culture, my classmates and I venture to Camps Bay Beach located just on the other side of Lion’s Head Mountain from our hotel to experience the city’s nightlife.  Apparently, Camps Bay is a high-rent area where people go out to be seen, and although […]