April 05, 2005

Autumn Break, baby!

Last week Stellenbosch celebrated Easter with a week-long Autumn break! It was wonderful catching up on sleep and traveling the country with my sister Anna and her husband Jason. We did some hiking around Stellenbosch the first weekend they were here.

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Anna and Jason in a tree house at Moyo. We didn't get to eat in it because of rain.

We also made it to Simon's Town to see the penguins (no babies yet) and then to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve--the south-westernmost tip of Africa. I witnessed two baboons snatch muffins out of an innocent consumer's hands! They rule that part of the peninsula. I didn't mess with them :-).

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Anna and Jason traveled the Garden Route while I was in class the next week. Then on Friday all of us flew to Kruger National Park to spot some wild game. We saw zebras, elephants, water buffalos, haeyenas, jackals, and, my favorite, giraffes (I think it's something in their name . . .). Download file Anna and Jason had to leave Tuesday (I was so sad; still am!). We spent Monday evening with the Browns, missionaries in Jo'Burg (don't say "Jo-haaahnessburg," it takes too long). It was exciting fellowshipping with them and getting a feel for their church-planting ministry. Download file I hiked and socialized the next week before going to Cape Town for the weekend with Evis and Emily. We visited the District Six Museum (a former multi-ethnic area of Cape Town bulldozed during apartheid), bargained at the markets, and met up with friends for dining and sight-seeing.

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This is me, Melanie (from here), Emily (US) and Evis (Switzerland). Doesn't Emily look like my sister Jessica?

I thought it was a break well spent, but the ugly reality of classes is hitting me once again . . . Oh! I bought this hand-made wire/coke can scraps radio in Cape Town that really works :-). I can play my iPod through it so I don't waste my computer's battery. I think it's so cool, so I have to show you a picture. Download file culture clash?

Posted by Cate at April 5, 2005 04:13 PM

Glad to still hear you're having a good time. It's getting warm over here in Clemson and the stress is mounting with exams coming up. Can't wait till you get back! Talk to you later!

Posted by: Jeff at April 11, 2005 12:52 AM

Glad to hear you're still having a good time. It's getting pretty warm here in Clemson. Looking forward to next semester when you come back! Talk later.

Posted by: Jeff at April 11, 2005 12:53 AM

Hey Jeff! Yeah, I'm honestly starting to get a little homesick, and "Clemson"sick :-). The weather there is getting nice, but here it's getting rainy!! boohoo.

Posted by: cate at April 23, 2005 12:59 PM
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