Mostly Meerkats


I’ve been in Cape Town for one month. It’s hard to believe I’ve gone this long without Taco Bell. A cheesy bean and rice burrito will be priority one when I get back to the motherland.

Eastern Food Bazaar

In honor of Ramadan, and me missing Curry Kitchen, I ventured to the Eastern Food Bazaar for dinner this week. It was the best decision I’ve made all week. The food was SO good and dirt cheap (less than five USD cheap). The different food vendors offer an array of eastern food. The options range from traditional Indian curry to Indian omelets, Chinese food and even pizza. It was the perfect place for our group of interns to go, because there was something for everyone.

Giraffe House

On Saturday, a few of the interns and I went out to the Giraffe House in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is 25 miles from Cape Town’s City Centre. We decided to rent a car for the weekend, rather than pay for an Uber there and back. Car rentals are surprisingly cheap here. Driving on the right side of the car, while on the left side of the road was interesting. 30 seconds on the wrong side of the road, and a few friendly reminders from my friends, and we all survived.



The Giraffe House is more of a farm, or meerkat house, or goat house, than a giraffe house. There were only two giraffes and one of them wasn’t available for viewing. There were a ton of meerkats, even more goats, a warthog, ostriches and other cool animals. But if you’re strictly going for the giraffes, stay home. It was fun, and we got some good pictures, but I’m looking forward to a more interactive experience at Cheetah Outreach. We were supposed to go today, but the rain resulted in a change of plans. Hopefully next weekend I’ll get to cuddle up with a little baby meerkat, and all of my dreams will come true.

The Giraffe House had an interactive show. I got picked out of the whooole audience and got to kiss a slimy African Bullfrog. So gross. The one time I get picked out of the audience and I have to kiss an amphibian. I suppose that’s better than the lady who got picked after me and got hold the Tarantula. Or the lady after her, who pulled a snake out of a pillowcase.

50 days until I’m back in Grand Rapids with Pandora!

 Fun Facts

  1. In South Africa, the tipping rate is 10% not 20%. Which explains why my servers like me so much.
  2. If you ask a South African for ketchup they will stare at you blankly because they call it tomato sauce.
  3. All South African gas stations (or “garages” as they are called here) are full service.


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