Sunday: we arrived, safe & sound, and after lots of travel time! We added it all up and realized we spent 35 hours on planes and about 25 in airports.
Monday: We had a wonderful day touring the city. We visited District 6 museum which is a tribute to a part of Cape Town. During Apartheid, the government forced Blacks and Coloured out of their homes and into the townships outside the city. All of District 6 was demolished and claimed as an 'all White' area. It's an amazing museum dedicated to the people who lived in district 6.
Here are some pictures from the city tourA map of district 6 on the ground in the museum. It has amazing details from the district handwritten in by the families of those who were forced from their homes.
The balcony where Mandela gave his first address after being released from Robben Island in 1990.
The view from the highest driving point in the city.Tuesday we had class in the morning and as part of it, a panel of guests who lived through Apartheid, three of whom were from district 6. What an honor and privilege to hear their stories.
We also got to have lunch with them, which was such a treat! The woman taking the photo also told us to squeeze together (clearly we didn't need to).Wednesday was more class, including leadership and service learning topics. In the afternoon, we took most of the 141 students on a hike up Table Mountain.
During part of the hike up Table Mountain. It was beautiful and a bit treacherous.
On top of the mountain!Thursday was class and then the tour of an Amy Biehl foundation. Amy was an American who was brutally murdered over here in South Africa while she was trying to fight for rights for Blacks and Coloured. After her death her parents forgave her murders and even spoke on their behalf at their hearing (you should check out the whole story). Her parents then started a foundation to help underprivileged children in the townships. In addition, two of the men who killed Amy now work for the foundation.
Here are our students doing Tae-Bo with the children at the foundation.Friday was a debrief and class as well as the first part of grading! Friday night the Global Lead staff and the academic staff all went out to dinner at a great Mexican food place. Laughs and good food were shared.
Saturday was filled with LOTS of grading, a brie, and then a Stormers rugby game
I had never been to a brie, it was kind like a BBQ, but with some sort of mystery meat ;)Sunday was filled with more grading and Sunday dinner. It was a nice ending to the week. The first week had many many highlights including all the wonderful conversation I have been able to have with students.