Updates: Econ Tests, Wine Tasting and Rocking the Daisies!

Sorry for not writing here for a while! After break, I have just been working on my gender paper and attending classes. I finished my paper, and am not currently having a mental breakdown over my econ test on Tuesday. I AM NOT AN ECON MAJOR, so this stuff actually is challenging. It really makes me want to take another class on economics, perhaps macro economics, so I can get a sense of it since its important in International Relations. I’m guessing I’ll be taking some classes on stuff like that in grad school.

Oh that reminds me, I have to do my graduation audit soon. I GRADUATE ON MAY 10th AND IM FREAKING OUT. Time is going by so fast. I only have about 6 more weeks here in Africa….

We went wine tasting yesterday…hit up about 4 wine farms starting at 9am. We were on a mission. Then we all went home and took well-deserved/needed naps. Stellebosch has over 200 wineries, so it was a great culture experience even though I don’t enjoy wine. like at all.

Anywho, the music festival Rocking the Daisies is in 4 days! Its a 4 day, 3 night camping festival with tons of artists. MGMT is going to be there! I missed so many festivals in Chicago that I needed to go to one here, so almost everyone in our group has tickets. It’s going to be an amazing time! I am going to post the video to see what I am talking about!

Lekker brew!

Close call with an elephant.

This man found a cave and felt that God told him this is where he belonged. He had been there nine years and decorated all of it by himself and accumulated everything. It operates as a place where homeless people can stay to get back on their feet. Truly one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Update on what pieces I’m currently working on…

Gender paper for my gender and culture class: To what extent is the South African government taking a stance against rape culture, and what are the actors, policies, and ideologies that have shaped this culture in the first place? 

7-8 pages due on Wednesday ahhhh!

Honors project: Here is a snippet from my abstract… 

"For my paper, I would like to explore this notion of doublethink and cognitive dissonance and expand on how it is necessary to apply to areas such as gender roles, women’s sexuality, ideas of feminism, etcetera. Furthermore, I would like to investigate on why it is important to be able to accept contrary opinions and beliefs on a more general sociological level to become a more conscious and compassionate person. In my paper, I will generally argue that experiencing cognitive dissonance and doublethink are necessary in in the efforts to queer society, dismantle oppressive institutionalized beliefs, and foster tolerance and compassion among the people."


I’m just starting to collect research and putting them in a folder to read later, since I have to work on the two above papers first. But here is a good little blurb on it from wikipedia. 


See, so I am doing work! … along with all the cool adventure stuff. 

Sorry for the neglect…here are my spring break adventures

hey everyone!

I’m sorry I have not been writing on here. I’m going to do a few posts today. This one will be about all my spring break adventures! I’m just going to make a list of what I did on the Garden Route/ ADDO Elephant park…

  • Pet Elephants (amazing, best day of my life)
  • Monkeyland - monkeys roaming everywhere with no cages!
  • Cat park - lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs etc!
  • Ostrich farm
  • Canopy zipling
  • Cango Caves
  • Found a cool religious man who pretty much made a hotel out of a cave to help out homeless folk (AMAZING! will do a seperate post for that)
  • Game drive in the natural habitat of elephants, lions, rhino, etc (elephant almost trampled us, video soon)
  • Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridge
  • Went to the southermost tip of Africa, where the atlantic ocean meets the indian ocean
  • Went to the hills where J.R Tolken got inspired to write Lord of the Rings
  • Horseback Riding
  • Spent the 18th birthday of the backpackers called Island Vibe in Jeffreys bay…and lets just say we got weird

So many adventures, and its a blessing to have two spring breaks in one year! In March, I went to Haiti for spring break - and then this one here in South Africa. Absolutely amazing.