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S: South Africa 2011

FC: South Africa | 13 MAY 2011 | Jillian Kiekow

1: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Before our trip to South Africa, we were lucky enough to have a twelve hour layover in Zurich!

2: 13 MAY 2011 | 11 JUN 2011

3: South Africa

4: The Lion Park

6: THE AFRICA CENTER This is where we stayed for two days during our travels in Johannesburg. Down the street was a Cool Runnings bar and diner where we spent a fun, relaxing evening. | The Africa Center | 13 MAY 2011

7: I got to use my South African Rand for the first time at Cool Runnings. I was also surprised to see they drink Miller in South Africa. We enjoyed a Bob Marley shot, and the 'artwork' - one of which found its way into my suitcase.

8: May 14, 2011 wasn't filled with fuzzy animals or slobbering giraffes, but instead it was a learning experience. When entering the Apartheid Museum, we were given tickets that stated whether we were white or black (blankes or non-blankes). We had to enter through our respectable door based on our skin color. The feeling in the museum was overwhelming. I still can't wrap my head around apartheid because it is a lot to comprehend. However, it was apparent that it was a violent time in South Africa, as indicated with many propaganda posters throughout the museum. Although the museum represents a dark time in recent South African history, the museum is beautiful and its beauty seems to serve as a metaphor for the saying we hear often, "apartheid is where it belongs – in a museum." The beauty represents the triumph over apartheid. As Luke said, "South Africa knows how to rise up, we've done it before." One moment in the museum that brought tears to my eyes was a picture of a young girl carrying her little sister while both of them were crying. The caption read, "She was crying because her sister's crying reminded her that she, too, was hungry." | The Apartheid Museum

9: Apartheid Museum | 14 MAY 2011

10: After lunch we headed to the Hector Pieterson Museum which was even more overwhelming than the Apartheid Museum, in my opinion. First of all, displayed outside of the entrance to the museum is a large display of the famous picture of Pieterson being carried by his brother after being shot in Soweto on June 16, 1976. On this day, 15,000 students were protesting the government demand that half of their classes be taught in Afrikaans, the language of the oppressor. This protest turned violent, and as a result Hector Pieterson lost his life. Also displayed is a line of bushes that leads from the entrance of the museum to the place where the officer who shot Pieterson was standing. The overwhelming feeling also came from the notion that these were children who were casualties of the apartheid. Children are the future and if you kill children, what happens to the future?

11: Hector Pieterson Museum | 14 MAY 2011 | Johannesburg

12: After the Pieterson Museum was a visit to a local village called Matsoaledi that lacked electricity and running water. A group of children followed us around as we viewed a 'home' which was more like four walls of sheet metal.

13: Matsoaledi

14: We had to say farewell to the beautiful African Center in Benoni to begin a five hour drive to the Tremisana Game Lodge where we will be staying while we do our safaris and volunteer programs. When we heard that the drive was nearly five hours, we planned on getting some rest and homework in, but the drive was too beautiful to complete any work. | A Scenic Stop

15: Tremisana Lodge | TREMISANA As soon as we arrived at Tremisana, we spotted monkeys that hang around our resort. After gawking at them, we hopped in a vehicle and began a short safari around the grounds we were staying at with our tour guide for the night, Wimpe. Before we even left the driveway, we spotted a giraffe. However, this was the only excitement we got for a while. We didn't see much else besides elephant poop, an abandoned termite hill, the most poisonous snake in Africa, and Wimpe. There was a little disappointment on my behalf, but when we arrived back at the lodge there was a buffalo feeding on the bush outside of the resort.

16: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK| There was an excitement in the air this morning during breakfast as we prepared to depart for Kruger National Park. We departed Tremisana in a safari vehicle driven by Bungani, our new driver/friend. The moment we entered the park, we spotted a Jekyll, impala and zebras. We knew that this was going to be a great day.

18: Safari

19: Bugani

20: Moholoholo Rehab Center | 17 MAY 2011

21: Our Students at Funjwa Primary School | We made face-masks!

22: On May 20, 2011, we had to say goodbye to the people we've grown fond of in Benoni: Florence and Bugani. The drive to the Jo'burg airport seemed like forever, but we made a stop at the Blyde River Canyon. | The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles (26 km) in length and is, on average, around 2,500 feet (762 m) deep. The Dam itself, when full, is at an altitude of 665m (2182 feet). The Canyon consists mostly of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 6,378 feet (1,944 m) feet above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 1,840 feet (561 m) above sea level. This means that by some measure the Canyon is over 4,500 feet (1,372 m) deep.

23: Welcome to Cape Town

24: African Penguins


26: Our living arrangements

27: Khayelitsha

28: Thembani Primary

30: The Water Front

33: The Gold Museum | We enjoyed a five-course meal - with entertainment - and learned how to play the djembe

34: Hiking Table Mountain

36: Wine Tasting... | Brandy | Goats Do Roam | MAY 2011

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