Today my suitemates and I made a little trip out to Somerset West to visit the Cheetah Outreach. We were able to pet these 6 month old cheetahs and look at some other adults. Everything was on their own terms – if they wanted to walk around, we walked around, and if they wanted to lay down we could then pet them. Another fun day in South Africa!

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Hello Again!

It’s been awhile since I posted, but finals are finally wrapping up and I now have about a month of freedom and touring.

I have to share another exciting animal encounter! While my mom was here we stayed in Hout Bay and went snorkeling with seals! They brought us out to a cove with hundreds of seals and we jumped in! We floated around for about an hour with seals roaming around and swimming up right next to us. It was to say the least, incredible! Thanks again to my mom for making this experience even more exciting!

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Finals Week!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. It’s finals time and my schedule has been insane! I have 3 presentations, 2 papers, 5 exams, and one oral test. Only a couple more to go!

Wish me luck!

Lions and Elephants and Rhinos, oh my!

I spent the last 10 days sharing this experience with my  mom and her friend, Diane. We went to Botlierskop, a game reserve up the Garden Route, where we went on a game drive, fed elephants, and went on a lion walk. We went on a 9 hour tour of Cape Town and made it to Gordon’s Bay and Hout Bay. It was very busy and packed with as many activities as possible. My mom even rented a car and successfully drove on the wrong side of the road! I couldn’t be more proud. I’m so glad my mom was able to join me on this adventure and I can’t wait to see her again!

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More pictures to come!

Farewell Captain and Welcome Mom!

“I thank the Good Lord for making Derek Jeter a Yankee”

It’s about 3:30 a.m. here in South Africa, but as a Baudendistel, you better be sure I’m listening to Derek Jeter’s last home game! I hope my Aunt Kate and Uncle Same are having a good time at the game! Say hi to Derek for me!

Oh, and more exciting, my mom  comes on Saturday! We are going to a game reserve and a winery, swimming with baby seals, and visiting Cape Town. She is bringing our friend Diane too! I’ve missed her so much and can’t wait to see her and show her this wonderful country that I’ve fallen in love with.

Pictures and posts to come!

Women in South Africa

I was so inspired by Emma Watson’s speech this past week at the United Nations for her He for She campaign. I figured that this would be a great opportunity to comment on the women in South Africa.

I am taking a Gender and Culture class at the university.this semester. We are over half way through the semester now, so we have covered quite a bit of information. This past week we discussed the lack of agency women have to their own bodies.

Women and girls have little access to sanitary products for menstruation. Approximately 60% of women in South Africa do not have access to these products. A third of girls do not attend school during menstruation. The cheapest pads available are about $2 for 10. About 30% of the the population live on $1 per day. We discussed if the government should be responsible for providing these necessary products, which of course, I believe they should. Women should have access as a basic human right.

Just a little rant to consider for the day! Definitely watch the video though!

Garden Route – Day 5

Animal adventures! This was one of my favorite days. We went to the Cat Park, Monkeyland, and Knysa Elephant Park.

The Cat Park was filled with lions, tigers, leopards, hyenas, and some other wild animals. They were all rescued from abusive settings, such as circuses, illegal pet owners, etc.

Monkeyland was similar – the monkeys were rescued from zoos and illegal pet holders. They are placed in this sanctuary, free roaming, to learn how to be monkeys again. We learned that monkeys DO NOT make good home pets, as they begin to compete with other humans in the house and potentially seriously harm their owners. The monkeys came very close to us, but we were not allowed to touch them.

The best place we went was Knysa Elephant Park. We were able to feed, pet, and take pictures with the elephants. They were wonderful!!!

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