A great day, mostly.
I've been neglecting the blog. Sort of like my personal journaling. I used to journal a lot and for some reason I have had a very hard time doing it the past few years. I think it comes from being so impatient; it can be maddening trying to keep the pen/typing moving as fast at my thoughts. I had considered moving my personal journal to the computer, simply for the fact that I can type faster than I can write but I feel that it takes away from the authenticity of it. I guess I'll use this blog as a test run... Mostly, today was wonderful. It was our last 'official' full free day. Along with several other classmates, I opted to spend the day taking part in a wine tour. I love the city but had been looking forward to escaping into the 'country.' It was exactly what I needed. We left around 8am and visited 3 different wine farms. I'm not exactly a wine connoisseur but had fun tasting different varieties and just enjoying the elegance of it. The scenery was magnificent.
On the way back to Cape Town we drove past Khayalisha, one of the townships outside the city. Khayalisha is a township with mostly metal shacks, versus the ones we have seen in Delft. Regardless, it was an instant reminder of the harsh reality of South Africa. I was a privileged white American returning from a lovely day in the vineyards passing by entire communities that lack many of the basic necessities of daily life. Necessities that I have taken for granted for so much of my life, but won't from now on.