Sunday, February 24, 2013

hard work pays off

Hey, everyone! This entry’s going to be a short one, because I’ve been feeling a little sick for the past few days. It’s like getting a cold while you’re on vacation—the absolute worst! Anyway, enough of my pity party.

On Monday night, the Maties (Stellenbosch’s mascot, by the way) rugby team had a home game against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. My Afrikaans teacher told us that we have traditionally beaten this university by at least 30 points every time that we play them, but this wasn’t the case at all! We only won 13-8, and the game was super close, right until the end. I don’t understand rugby much, but I did understand that we were almost in a lot of trouble.

Like I said, rugby here is a big deal. Here are some pictures that I took:

Classes during the week went on as usual. In my Jewelry Design class, I finally completed my earrings! They’re not the most beautiful things in the world, but hey—I made them by hand! They were really frustrating to work with at times, but nine hours later, I’m extremely proud of them! (This is where I would post a picture of them, but I forgot my camera in my room and we can’t take our work home yet! I’ll take a picture next time, but they’re nice, I swear!)

On Thursday, my roommates and I celebrated our one-month basically, we were celebrating being friends for exactly a month! It's so strange to think that we used to be complete strangers put in a flat together, but now we're great friends, get along really well, and do everything together. In honor of the special occasion, we went out to dinner at a nice Lebanese restaurant downtown and saw the movie Jack Reacher. Not the best movie I've ever seen, but it definitely wasn't the worst...?

On Friday, I had VCE again. All of the groups had set plans for the kids, and the theme for the week was “my body.” We printed out copies of an outline of a boy playing football and a girl dancing for our class to color in. We drew an outline of a body on the board and wrote the names of the different body parts on it. Then we had them color in the corresponding body parts as we explained them. Our teacher also had them say the words—arm, leg, stomach, head—in English and Xhosa, so we learned some new things too!

After the educational part was over, we went outside and sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” Then, we played Duck, Duck, Goose for a long time, which the kids loved. Lastly, we settled back inside of the classroom and counted how many heads, arms, and legs were in the class. I was so impressed with how high they could count in English (up to 54!). Not only are they about 5 years old, but English is also their 2nd language!

Overall, the day at Kayamandi went really well, and our class’ teacher was also really happy with how prepared our group was, which made us feel even better about the work we did. This week’s theme is “healthy living.”

Also, a side note: as much as I would love to post pictures of the kids that I work with, we aren’t allowed to for safety reasons. However, I have taken some and will definitely share with my family and friends in person!

So that was my week—not too exciting, but not boring either. I’m just enjoying every day in South Africa as it comes. It’s so weird that I’m in Africa. I always find myself thinking about it and freaking out. This week is another ordinary week of classes, but on Saturday I’m going to a Holi One Color Festival in Cape Town, and on Sunday my AIFS group is going to Cape Point and Boulder’s Penguins! AKA more stories and pictures! Yay!

‘Til next time,


  1. Love the blog. Although you are under the weather, you took time to keep your readers informed. Thanks and hope you feel better this week!!! ~mom~

  2. Feel better soon Christina! Thanks for the update! Can't wait to see pictures of the earrings! lol

    Mrs. vonEgypt