Driving stick, meeting up with friends and exploring Cape Town
13.08.2010 - 15.08.2010
Friday was a normal work day. We all went to the doctor's meeting and then had a lecture in the morning. The lecture covered the connection between colonialism and the spread of TB. After the lecture, we went to tea which was a big deal because the hospital was celebrating women's day, which was on Monday. This meant that all women got free tea, free cakes, massages and a fashion show. I just got cake and tea. It was still a fantastic tea break. After tea, we went back to work in the ARV clinic but no one was there so we went around the hospital and discovered if anything was going on. We saw a three year old girl get indibated because of the severity of her Pneumonia. We then went to the medical ward and saw how they worked. After that, we got picked up and went home. When we got home, Abby and I tried to take naps but that failed. Instead of sleeping like normal people, we went out to Long street, the happening place in town, where we met up with people who were in our program in Durban. We went to Mama Africa and to a club and then went home.
Saturday was a typical Cape Town day. I drove everyone downtown so we could go to the Greenmarket square. It's the souvenir square where you can get everything authentic and bargain with everyone as well. I bought some jewelry and a bag. After the market we all went to Robben Island. I was so excited to go there and it was worth it. We left from the Nelson Mandela gateway at the waterfront, then we got on a ferry that took about 30 minutes. When we arrived on the island, we got on a bus that gave us a quick tour of the island and showed us where everything was located. Such as, the maximum security prison, the leper cemetery, the hospital, etc. After that we went on the prison tour. The tour was conducted by a former political prisoner. He was sent to Robben Island when he was 20 because of his participation in the Soweto uprising of 1976. We went through all of the sections. We then saw Nelson Mandela's cell. It still had is bed, cup, and plate. It was amazing that he was there for 18 years. The tour guide said that they conducted classes there in order for everyone to get a proper education and Nelson Mandela was a teacher as well as a student. Mandela also wrote a manuscript while imprisoned on the island and this manuscript was snuck off the island and published in England. I apologize for the tangent but it was sooooo interesting. After the tour of the prison, it was time to take the boat back to the main land. It took a nap on the boat. Surprise!!! We then went home and changed for dinner. When Abby and I arrived home, our host mom had her entire family over for a brie. A brie is basically a barbeque. We didn't stay long since we left again to go out to dinner to a place on the waterfront called Balthezar. It was fantastic food!!! We were all soooo tired that we went home to sleep.
Today we got up early because everyone but me wanted to hike table mountain. The only bad part was that it was cloudy. Due to the weather conditions, we decided to go downtown and hang out for a while to let the clouds blow over. We then made our way to table mountain. The most difficult part was driving there because we have a stick shift car and it is crappy and I'm not a professional at driving stick so the whole time I was in first gear, florring the accelerator. It was bad. Now I know what you mean Leanne. Hills are evil. Once we got to the cable car, the group went to the trail head while I did some postcard shopping and made my way onto the cable car. The cable car floor rotated so while taking my four minute trip up, I got a 360 degree view of Cape Town. When I got up to the top, it was foggy but I still enjoyed my time by drinking some hot chocolate and reading while looking out onto the mountain. Everyone else met up with me and three more of them decided to take the cable car down. Now that we are down, we are taking it easy tonight since tomorrow is a work day. This weekend was a fantastic Cape Town weekend.