06.02.2011 62 °F
I thought that I would be starting my internship but I am in the land of the slow paced and worry free so I did not have to start until the following day. Monday night I was up late playing cards with the Dutch boys so I took the opportunity to sleep in Tuesday! When I say we were playing cards we have only played one game thus far which is a German card game called Stiche, my spelling may be off. It's a game that is 15 rounds, when you play with 4 people and 18 rounds when you play with 3, I am not sure if you can play with more or less because that is the only way we have played. The game lasts at least 45 minutes, which is nice for me because all of the girls go to bed around 10:30 on weeknights so without card games I would just spend my evenings on the internet, boring! So I slept quite late, until about noon and when I woke up I decided to take a jog around my neighborhood since the sun was shining for a little bit, it was absolutely wonderful! I am falling more in love with Cape Town every moment I am here, sorry America. After my hour run I came back to the house and showered, as soon as I was dressed Miriam the only other English speaking roommate came home! Unfortunately she came home sick but we got to chat for a while which was very nice. She opened my eyes to a few issues about South Africa that are very disturbing to me, including the shanty towns and desperate poverty. I am beginning to investigate on these issues and I would like to learn why it has happened the way in which future developments will effect the country. For lunch I tried to Peanut Butter & Syrup sandwich, MUCH better than I was expecting!
One of my housemates Paul works from home most days for his internship so he was home and Luuk got home around 3:30pm. I went with them to the grocery store because it was Luuk's turn to cook dinner for all of us, and it was amazing!! FUNNY MOMENT OF THE DAY: While we were checking out Paul asked the cashier for the “special 50% discount” and she said okay. I actually believed them after a few minutes and they told me that you can receive a discount anywhere in Cape Town you just need to ask for it. The cashier went along with it so it's not totally my fault for being extremely gullible. They have both been here for about 4 months, and when I said before the Dutch are some of the goofy and funniest people I wasn't lying! That was my first experience with family dinner and it was amazing!
Having such great roommates has made the transition to living in a foreign country much easier, even if I did have Dutch culture shock when I got to South Africa! After dinner I chatted with some of my girl housemates and hung out on our front patio for a little while. I have to add pictures of my house soon, we have 3 or 4 outdoor areas, including one that you can get to from the double doors in my bedroom! Then of course to end the night I played cards, this time only with 2 of my of the Dutch boys but I beat them by 40 points, when the difference is usually about 10! Needless to say they are becoming more and more intimidated by my card skills! It feels good to finally win a game, but of course it's too challenging for me to be able to explain to my friend back in the States!