Since tutorials do not officially begin until next week, I had no class. Tiffany and I decided to take the train downtown and do some shopping and see if anything exciting happens in celebration of the day.
Long Street is the “party” street in Cape Town and it also is a great shopping street during the day. Different cafes, boutiques, antique shops, and corner markets line the street. I found a beautiful boutique and bought two dresses (my first clothing purchases since being here). I am really excited to wear them out sometime soon, maybe even to Long Street.
The train proved to be super easy. It is a bit sketch after rush hour, but it was a great alternative to a taxi (price wise) and minibus (comfort wise).
Friday (2/12): I just had two classes today (Liberation of Southern Africa and Africa: the Making of a Continent), so it was a rather relaxed afternoon. Apparently, no one really attends class on Fridays (shocking), so our professor had a librarian come in and talk to the kids who made it to class about sources and the problems associated with sources written during times of liberation (propagandistic, dirty editing, etc.).
I stayed in and began reading 'The Lost World' by Sir Arthor Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, since I needed to be up early for the SHAWCO training the next morning. I am in good hopes that The Lost World will be a much better read then Wicked. Lets face it, it can't be worse.
Saturday (2/13): We had to be up bright and early for SHAWCO’s training orientation. SHACO stands for Student Health and Welfare Cenres Organisation and is the main student run volunteer program on campus. I have joined the education sector, in a program called KenStep. Every Tuesday afternoon I will be busing to the township of Kensington to tutor 7th graders in English. Apparently the older kids are a little more “unruly,” but the curriculum seemed more stimulating all around. I guess I am up for the challenge.
We had a lazy afternoon on our porch reading and relaxing in the sun. We (Daniel, Tiffany, Ben, Lindsey, Lina, and myself) decided to head downtown for dinner to Miller’s Thumb for seafood. I was really excited to go out because I was sporting my new dress from Long Street. We basically ate like kings. Lindsey and I split a Cajun spiced calamari appetizer before I moved on to a seafood stir-fry. Holy yum. We may have splurged for some dessert; I mean it was the day before Valentine’s Day so it basically was our job to get something chocolate covered. Following dinner we headed back home because Lindsey’s family had just arrived in Cape Town from New York and were going to stop by and check out our flats. Despite their 6 hour plane delay in JoBurg, they were in great spirits and made me SUPER excited for my mom and Lee to come visit next month.
Once down I headed straight to the corner 7/11 for some yogurt and cheerios. I was famished. Only home did I realize I have completely destroyed my running shoes, not only are they black from dirt, but also there are literally chunks missing from the bottom. Tear. My socks were so black they may just end up being tossed. A cold shower was defiantly refreshing before consuming around half a box of cereal. Then nap.
I hadn’t started on my paper due tomorrow, ugh, must get into school mode.