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Wednesday finally ended up being the day that I actually began my internship. When I say that things move slower down here I have realized that the longer I am here the slower things move. If you want something done, for instance to receive your bill at a restaurant or bar you must ask for it, or you will be stuck sitting around waiting, and waiting. Anyway I was scheduled to be ready at 9am for the program coordinator to take me for my first day, which I was. By 9:15 when I hadn’t heard anything I began reading one of my books and got through 2 ½ chapters until 10:10 when she finally arrived. Mad Advertising is about a 10 minute drive from my house in the Woodstock area, it is in a development stage so there are brand new buildings and renovations amongst torn apart structures that act as trash composts. As I was driving through the area reminded me of North Philadelphia with bits of South Philly thrown in for fun. Karin, the Internship program coordinator turns off the main road and I see this huge obnoxious bright orange building, Mad Advertising! We enter the gate and I meet the security guards, if they don’t know you then you won’t be allowed on the premises. I walked in and there is a little garden area that is tucked in the corner and if you didn’t know it was there you would never know how to enter the building. After walking up an amount of steps that seemed to never end we finally reached the floor that is Mad Events! I still can’t tell if we are the third or fourth floor but we have spectacular views from all angles so it works for me =). As you open the door you see even more bright orange, orange couch, desk, tables, artwork and reception area where you are greeted by Cedrig, the God of receptionists! I have been called sweetie, baby, darling, honey pie, and a few others that bring a smile to my face, Cedrig is a flamboyant happy man and I couldn’t even guess his ethnicity just at glance, I will have to ask him. My direct boss was not there because he had to go to the hospital to get blood work since he tends to faints at larger scale events. So I met Caroline, the Production Director, I also met Irene who sits under the same quadruple canopy table as I do. There is one other intern, Marieke that interns with me which is lucky because she also lives with me, so we share a cab to and from internship every day. The rest of the day played out very slowly, I was not informed that I needed to bring my laptop with me so I couldn’t do too much. Everything was extremely slow moving and although everyone was extremely nice and friendly I was a bit on edge because I wanted to start and do something. But I was told in time I would have more than enough work so I’m waiting for that day!
When I got home I sat in the living room and chatted with my housemates. It was ½ price night at the local cinema (movie theater) so I planned on going to see The Hangover 2 for 22Rand or $3 American dollars. The Hangover 2 was sold out so we ended up seeing Arthur instead. The two other American’s and I really enjoyed the movie but all of the Dutch and one German were more confused and didn’t get most of the jokes. My housemate Bram came with me, he was very disappointed to not be seeing Hangover 2 and didn’t enjoy the movie so I was glad I paid for his movie ticket! He did drive me! After the movie we drove back, the cinema is at the waterfront and the drive is spectacular to see all the lights of the bay while driving up the mountain. Table Mountain is my backyard if you were unaware! And for the rest of the evening, I play more cards of course!