I don’t often watch golf on TV just for fun. Scratch that…I never watch golf on TV just for fun. So yesterday’s Easter Dinner with a few friends was a first when a friend tuned into the final minutes of the Master’s. We started watching just in time to see American, Bubba Watson and South African, Louis Oosthuizen, go into sudden death overtime to determine the winner. I must say sudden death overtime made things a bit more exciting! In the end, it was Watson who won the tournament, along with the fancy green jacket.
This got me thinking about all of the sport options available for our students to get involved in while abroad. There is of course, golf, with everywhere from the famous course in St. Andrews, Scotland, to some of the courses that Oosthuizen may have trained at around Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. Read more
Somehow I’ve been here for over a month already, and I can’t decide if I feel like I’ve been here forever or no time at all. South Africa is an amazing, confusing, beautiful and often frustrating place. Just on the short ride from the airport to where we stay near UCT campus, we passed townships of tiny tin shacks, suburbs reminiscent of the U.S., and the modern skyline of Cape Town flanking the coast, all set on the impressive backdrop of Table Mountain. I remember thinking, through a disorienting fog of jetlag that turned out to linger for almost a week, that I had never seen such a seemingly disjointed country. Read more
Josh Wilder, Interstudy student studying at the University of Cape Town met his fundraising goal for his play, Township Safari! The show is going to be Nov 14-16 at the New Africa Theatre. Congrats to Josh and his team!
Interstudy student, Joshua Wilder will be producing a play this semester in Cape Town. Wilder is a 4th year actor at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, a Theater Maker from Philadelphia, and the founder of I AM THE INNER CITY, a project to show that the “inner city” is an incubator for greatness. His play is called, Township Safari, and it’s based on the experience he had while touring in Langa, a township just outside of Cape Town. The piece includes some of the drama students from the University of Cape Town, where Wilder is studying. The hope is for the piece to reach people in Cape Town and in America. Please show your support for Josh and his show. Read more about Township Safari and their fundraising efforts by clicking here.
To many Interstudy alumni, this will come as no surprise. Cape Town, South Africa was voted the #1 destination for travel on the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice ratings! Noted for it’s scenic views and beautiful beaches, Cape Town is definitely a traveler’s favorite. Cape Town is located in the Western Cape region of South Africa, where 3 Interstudy programs can be found. Learn more about our Western Cape programs through the following links:
Interstudy Program: University of Cape Town
Interstudy Program: Stellenbosch University
Interstudy Program: University of the Western Cape
When parents come to visit, it usually means days of museums, tours, and fancy lunches, it usually means hotels and mature, censured conversations and saying goodbye to friends for a little family time. When Sarah Kass comes to visit, it means normal life plus one. My mom had a perception of Cape Town as The Africa of The Apartheid. Although the ramifications of that period in history unfortunately remain and affect Cape Town today, the city itself is a vibrant metropolis with the opportunities and wonders of a first world municipality. As you will see, the adventures we took part in were far from my mom’s expectations, yet, they still awed and surprised her with their uniqueness and variance from American culture… Read more
I thought I would devote a bit to the seemingly random activities I end up involved in here in Cape Town…what would life be like without the usual (very usual, in my case) randomness, hey? The thing I’ve realized since I’ve been here is that South African life, in all it’s wonder, excitement, and seemingly primitive nature at times, it is surprisingly familiar. As the mystery has worn off, the sense of home emerges. This is no longer a vacation; it is a lifestyle (perhaps a luxurious lifestyle, but yet I will count it as such). And what would “life” be like without the usual patterns and the moments that, although seem silly, make all the difference. When I leave South Africa, it’s not the beaches and shopping and sights that I will miss most; it is the life, my life. Here is a sneak peak into my “normal” life. Read more