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What an experience!

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Paul, one of my Dutch house mates in our driveway/entrance area

Paul, one of my Dutch house mates in our driveway/entrance area

My house! And Paul not getting out of the picture quick enough

My house! And Paul not getting out of the picture quick enough

Tuesday!

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!
The syrup hardens at the brim of the bread (upper)!

The syrup hardens at the brim of the bread (upper)!

PB&S sandwich, I added much more syrup after tasting!

PB&S sandwich, I added much more syrup after tasting!

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!
Nowhere I have been has any type of hand sanitation but there are for your trolleys! (shopping carts)

Nowhere I have been has any type of hand sanitation but there are for your trolleys! (shopping carts)


Luuk's night to cook family dinner! We each take turns and cook for everyone in the house

Luuk's night to cook family dinner! We each take turns and cook for everyone in the house

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!
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Posted by JeanDees 06:51 Archived in South Africa Comments (1)

Gardens

A bordering suburb of Cape Town

overcast 62 °F

Monday!

Monday was a sleep recovery day! Stephanie, a girl from FL (the same town I went to college my first year) arrived Sunday so we planned to meet up on Monday morning to adventure around her neighborhood, Gardens, which is about a 12 minute drive from my house. Luckily we both woke up around 1:30pm. I got a ride from Paul, one of my Dutch card-mates (you will hear more about the card world later) and her, Tavinia (from Mauritius) and I got on our way to adventuring around 4pm. Which was an extremely late start as we learned since it gets dark around 6:30pm, there was also a storm rolling in that day so it got darker even earlier. From Stephanie and Tavinia's street you can walk down to a street called Long Street which has a stretch of popular bars, cafes and restaurants. It was absolutely gorgeous even-tho is was terribly overcast and we had to walk back to her house when it began to rain. We stopped in an adorable cafe and shared a few desserts, that were heavenly to say the least!
Tavinia enjoying our treats!

Tavinia enjoying our treats!

One thing that was shocking was the amount and extent to which beggars come after you. Going to Temple in the heart of North Philadelphia I didn't think I would have anything to worry about but the beggars here walk up to you, in your face and ask you for anything, they continue walking with you and make you feel extremely uncomfortable. One man even came up to us and said “hello it's me again”, we were later told by their roommates that you have to completely ignore them. The amount of deep poverty here is extremely saddening and almost unbelievable, but that will be for another blog.
Famous buildings on Long Street!

Famous buildings on Long Street!


My future place of employment! Hopefully..

My future place of employment! Hopefully..

As we were walking back up Long street towards their house because of the rain we stopped in Checkers (which is a basic needs grocery store here) so that Stephanie could buy makeup because she left hers on the plane =(, as we were walking I found a hairdryer which I needed since mine from America is too high voltage. The sign said R129.99 and it rang up for R149.99, I told her the sign said it was the less expensive price and it took almost 10 minutes to get the price changed. (everything in South Africa is slower). If you know me then you know I love a good sale and discount but when I realized that I had the woman go through all that trouble for a difference of not even $3 American dollars I was ashamed. But for the rest of the evening Stephanie made her and I dinner, which turned out much better than the both of us thought and we chatted with her roommates for a while. He house is much more diverse than mine, they have 6 Dutch, 4 American, 1 German, and 1 Indian Islander. Steve, one of the American is from Delaware and has been here for almost 2 months, he was very excited that I am from Philadelphia and said that I am the closest he has met yet! I could go on and on about her roommates, they are all hilarious, which I am finding more and more common down here, I girl could live forever with this much entertainment =)
Abseil, booked!

Abseil, booked!


Mom, I know how much you miss this place!

Mom, I know how much you miss this place!

Posted by JeanDees 16:59 Archived in South Africa Comments (1)

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