March TO the Penguins

I can’t believe that it is already Sunday. I have survived my first full week in Cape Town. The time is flying by! I’ll be home snuggling with Pandora before I know it. Here is my synopsis of the week.

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Sunset on top of Signal Hill

MONDAY

Monday was cold and rainy, so I spent my day at Two Oceans Aquarium with the African Penguins and the Ragged Tooth Sharks (AKA Grey Nurse Sharks).

TUESDAY-THURSDAY

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Tuesday marked my first day of work at Rape Crisis. I was so nervous, but everyone made me feel right at home. I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of work and responsibility Rape Crisis has already given me. They make me feel like part of the team, not just an intern. I think it will be a really good fit. Not only do I like what I am doing at work on a day to day basis, I love being a (small) part of an organization that makes a difference everyday.

FRIDAY

Rape Crisis had an event. They were celebrating five years of having counselors at the Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) at Karl Bremer Hospital. TCCs are one stop clinic for rape survivors. These centres are at various hospitals around South Africa. Here, survivors can get a rape kit done, speak with a counselor, get HIV/STI testing, receive pregnancy prevention, and speak with an officer (should they want to file a case). The physical exam to gather evidence after a rape is very invasive, and can be extremely traumatizing. These centres aim to lessen the amount of trauma, as much as is possible. It was really interesting to see the practical side of what Rape Crisis does.

Friday after work was my first if i could… intern outing at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The outings are informal, just a get together with interns and some of the if i could… staff. Not all of the interns live in the house, so it gives us an opportunity to meet each other.

SATURDAY

Two of my housemates and I took the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world. I’m not usually one for the outdoors, but even I was awed by the view.

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SUNDAY

PENGUINS! The moment I’ve been waiting for! We spent the day at Boulders Beach and Cape Point. I wasn’t able to pick up the penguins and squeeze them like I was hoping. Turns out, Boulders Beach is a national park. There is a walk way up to the beach where you can see the penguins hanging out on the beach, but you can’t walk right up to them and feed/pet/touch them. It was still awesome, and much safer for the penguins. There were a few nests, and I’m sure the momma penguin wouldn’t appreciate a tourist getting in her face while she is protecting her eggs.

Cape Point was amazing, despite the fact that we didn’t get to see any baboons. Cape Point, or Cape of Good Hope, is a historical landmark. Explorers rounded the cape in 1488 while looking for a route to the east for trade. It is also infamous to sailors, and known to be a hot spot for shipwrecks.

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Back to work tomorrow. I’m not looking forward to waking up early, but I’m excited to see what I accomplish this week.

Fun Facts

  1. There is no turkey lunch meat. Anywhere. There is pork everywhere, but no turkey.
  2. It’s very uncommon to find a fountain soda machine. And the fountain soda machines that you can find don’t have ice.
  3. Coke Light > Diet Coke

(AKA my appetite is back now that I am finally adjusted to the time change)

xx

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