I’m looking forward to learning about a culture that I have heard nothing but good things about. I have talked to a few people who have visited Cape Town and other parts of South Africa and they say that it is well worth the trip. I Can’t wait!
As I was driving home to Charlotte I was trying to figure out what it is exactly I seek to gain from our trip to South Africa, other than of course class credits and a fun time. Having already studied abroad I know that there are going to be a lot of fun times on this trip as well some times that won’t be as much fun (airplane). Of the things on list to do, I am definitely looking forward to the game drive as well as going to a rugby match. Those two things alone are enough to make me want to go on this trip. Add the site seeing and cultural experience and it’s a maymester.
Having the opportunity to go to Cape Town is something unique and awesome that I will be able to carry with me the rest of my life. The biggest expectation I have from this trip is to learn everything I can about the different history and culture and compare it to that of our own here in the United States. It will be interesting to see a culture and world outside of the one that I see everyday and see how different they really are or how similar they are. The apartheid is a part of South African history that most intrigues me. I will be very interested in seeing how this compares to that of civil rights movement. The history along with all the other different customs is something that I cannot wait to find out about. Another expectation that I have is to experience and see some of the Wild Beasts of Africa. All my life growing up I have watched the discovery channel and seen these massive animals and very unique creatures. Such great beasts as lions, elephants, hippos, and rhinos are something that I have only ever seen on TV or from behind bars. Having the opportunity to actually be in the same physical vicinity as them will be a great accomplishment that I can cross off the bucket list. I guess you could say the overall expectation that I have for this trip is to experience something completely and utterly different from the world I experience everday.
Never in a million years would I imagine myself flying across the world to a place called South Africa. When I first heard about this awesome experience and the professor who would be advising the trip, I knew I would want to be apart. I immediately became intrigued with the unique opportunities Cape Town had to offer. One of the first questions I asked Dr. Turner was, “Will we be able to ride elephants?” He responded with a chuckle and said no. Though I was at first sadden by the news, I quickly became elated to read that there was a beach home to penguins.
I am ecstatic to experience South Africa’s unique mix of culture, wildlife, and beautiful landscape. Cape Town is an extraordinary city in which one must experience themselves. I am excited to learn about the culture, history, and cuisine of South Africa. Besides, what other trip would you be able to participate in an overnight safari, beach with penguins, and hiking Table Mountain?
Though I am dreading the packing, flight, and return from Cape Town, I know our trip will be an unforgettable one. I look forward to building new friendships and memories from visiting South Africa. Presbyterian College has allowed me to experience the unknown and I can’t wait be in Cape Town in just 11 days!
(Sorry everyone, I am having some difficulty with this blog!)
I have heard a lot about South Africa, and I can’t wait to experience being in a place that is so far away from America. I had a friend in high school that was from South Africa who would go once every couple years back home, and I always liked hearing about South Africa from someone who once lived there. I can’t wait to go on the trip and see a far away country, and have a lot of fun! I am really looking forward to traveling to cape town and seeing the beaches, penguins, and the city and its culture in general.
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