Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bunny Chow

I'll be honest...yesterday wasn't all that exciting. We visited the area in Durban where Gandhi used to live, and the house he lived in is now a museum. Our professor warned us ahead of time that the museum wasn't really all that great, and it wasn't. It was an empty house with some random pictures of Gandhi in it. It was still cool to see where he lived though. We also got to see where he kept his printing press to write articles, which was also pretty cool. From there, we went to the Inanda school for girls. It was the first school for African girls that was founded at the end of the 1800s. It managed to survive during apartheid because the government didn't really see women as a threat (they thought wrong). The school today still has pretty much all African students, but they don't discriminate against other races. We heard a lecture from this guy who's wife is the chaplain there. Now, he was cool. He's traveled all over the world, AND he once had tea with Mugabe (the crazy dictator/president of Zimbabwe). Some of the students took us on a tour of the school, and then we had lunch with the students. One thing that really shocked me about the school was the dorm situation. 4 girls share a room that has no door. It's so loud in there, and you have pretty much no privacy. I don't know if I would be ok with that or not.

Today we went to the Institute for the Healing of Memories. The organization was originally created to help people who had been abused under the apartheid system, but has since adjusted to help refugees or HIV/AIDS victims as well. They have also actually started working with victims of domestic violence in the U.S. The workshop was really interesting, and we did a sort of condensed version of their normally 3-day workshop so that we could get an idea of what they did. The institute was at this really pretty monastery that we got to explore a bit.

The plans for my ISP are coming together. I'm going to spend 2 weeks in Cape Town and 2 back in Durban. I've been doing some research on finding a good hostel and such. I'm excited! Well, I better get going cause we're going out to dinner for a girl's birthday. Sala kahle!

1 comment:

Mom said...

bunny chow? Did I miss something?