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It’s a Friday night in Grahamstown. You’re at Friar Tucks, the popular nightclub/bar. Locnville’s “6 Second Poison” blares from the speakers. Lights flash before your eyes. Broken glass surrounds your feet. You’re caught between mobs of people on the dance floor, and your clothes reek of beer and smoke. You push your way through the crowd, trying to get a drink. You head in the direction of the bar, where there’s a girl, smoking a cigarette and sipping a Savanna Light or Hunter’s Dry Cider
I like risk-well not so much risk as I enjoy adrenaline rushes and natural life highs. This need for adventure and new experiences are what has made my trip to South Africa the most incredible trip I could have asked for at this point in my life. Anything that makes my heart beat a little faster and makes my stomach flutter is my type of activity. Since arriving in South Africa three months ago, I have gotten a tattoo, hiked the Valley of Desolation at Camdeboo National Park in the Karoo, done the world’s largest bungee jump, partied as a zombie, sung “Hakuna Matata” to a warthog, fallen in love, and hitchhiked-just to name a few.
With the taste of the FIFA World Cup still lingering in everyone’s mouth, the feeling of “ubuntu” has remained a crucial part of South Africa and their culture. Ubuntu is Xhosa for community, but not just community. It is community more in the sense of “I am because we are.” I have experienced nothing but great ubuntu since coming to South Africa.
For the past three months I’ve been traveling around the world and I have another three and a half in front of me. I’ve been traveling in South Africa, the United States, England, France, and now Spain. I had the opportunity to go to South Africa for the month of June to work with Ambassadors in Sport (AIS), a non-profit Christian organization that brings hope through football (soccer).
Upon arriving in Cape Town, I promptly took the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain to get a view of the city. Cape Town is a remarkable place and is safe for women travelers, but caution should be exercised, such as not carrying around a lot of money at one time. American women will be subjected to cat calls and sometimes unwanted touching, but in general, during the day, it’s safe