Hello, outside world!
I’m currently reporting from my dorm room- (a clean little area overlooking a parking lot and garden outside), nursing a tiny headache (thank you, sun exposure) and waiting for my black tea to finish steeping so that I can begin to treat aforementioned headache.
So my time in Durban so far? Hot. The days have ranged from all-too-quick visits to water parks and sun-bleached beaches to seemingly endless hours spent waiting in registration lines and orientation meetings, waving paper fans and sipping from sweating bottles of water. Classes start next week, and so most of us are still walking around, supplying our dorm rooms with instant food, soap and FANS, and making baby steps towards figuring this city out. So, as a girl who is definitively still in the settling in phase, I humbly present the few tidbits we’ve picked up along the way.
– In blasting heat, cold Milo with vanilla ice-cream is a good idea.
– It’s pretty useful to carry around loose change (R5, R2, R1.) The minibus system (which I may talk about later) runs on them, and it’s really nice to have them on hand.
– Don’t leave your window open when monkeys are around: they will invade your room and steal your loaf of bread (this lesson courtesy of an unlucky co-interstudier.)
– Appletizer, a South African drink that’s basically sparkling apple juice, quenches thirst like no other.
– “Only 20 minute” walks do not feel like only 20 minute walks when there is little shade and you do not know where you are going. Write down directions before you step out the front door, people.
– A braai, the South African barbecue, is a fantastic way to spend an hour or two. It involves cold beer, salty, spiced meat straight from the grill, and a willingness to get very greasy while devouring your umpteenth piece of chicken. I recommend it.
I will probably devote entire written sections to some of the aforementioned subjects as the blogging progresses, but for now, I’ll just attach a few pictures of the interstudy group’s first beach trip!
Life, it is good at the moment.
Over and out,