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Nelson Mandela turns 92!

After spending a week in surgery I was ready for a chill weekend. On Friday afternoon, I hung out with my host family and did my first load of laundry with my roommate. When I mean laundry I don't mean putting it in the washing machine. I mean full on in the tub, wringing with your hands and drying on the close line for days. That's right!!! I did a whole load of laundry! Now to the laundromat. Just kidding. I have one more important load to do and then I might go to the laundromat. Anyway, four of us decided to go to the BAT center and watch some traditional Zulu music and some jazz. I was very impressed with the Zulu dancers. They can kick their legs so high that I'm surprised they are not on the South African gymnastic Olympic team. After a few beers, chips (aka fries) and some nice jazz we went home.

On Saturday, my roommate and I got to sleep in until 10am!!!! WOOHOO. I was really excited about that one. We decided to go to the beach and it was beautiful. I took a nap and got a small sunburn despite the fact that I out my sunscreen on. After my cat nap, I decided to join our assistant coordinator, Abbey, for lunch. When I got there, she was joined by an older gentleman. Surprise. I later discovered that the gentleman was not wanted or needed at our lunch table and to be honest . . . he was a little creepy (watch, he'll read this blog!!!). So after that, we decided to leave the beach and get ready for the Sharks rugby game. The Sharks are the rugby team for Durban. On Saturday night, they were playing the Blue Bulls. Apparently the Sharks and the Bulls are huge rivals so it was a huge game!!! We did have seats all the way up in the nose bleed section but I got some kodak moments up there. It was so much fun. We had some crazy people around us and when we started cheering they said "HEY! AMERICANS!!!". Just like that. It was hilarious. We were excited that the sharks won and then decided to go out for the evening. We went to two different places called Zach's and Spiga d'oro. Both great and delicious. Making my way home around 1:30am, I went to bed.

Sunday was Nelson Mandela's 92nd birthday! Happy Birthday! We all decided to go to the beach again, but a different one and do some productive stuff. I wrote postcards and did my research on the beach while some others were getting their tan on. We then decided to go walk to the Durban soccer stadium. I thought the stadium was impressive to drive by but up close was even better. Everyone in the group wanted to walk up the y thing in the stadium. Me, being afraid of heights, wanted to take the cable car. Not able to do either, we made our way back to the BAT center to watch another Jazz show. On of the interns/my friend, Jeremy knew the band that was playing so we decided to go. They were soooooooooo good. AMAZING. Her name Vanessa Moodley and she has an awesome band. You can try and google her and you might find some of her music. After that we went to my assistant coordinator's house and baked cookies and now I am here at the computer lab. Tomorrow I go to a new site called St. Mary's. I also have to go out into the community tomorrow. Wish me good luck!!! Also, if you are reading this and it is the 18th, do 67 minutes of something good for Nelson Mandela. If you can't that is okay too.

Posted by smtn912 12:01

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