Molo! from South Africa
Before arriving to South Africa, I did a lot of research about their deep history regarding colonization, apartheid, the struggle, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I prepared for the adventures that I would have by buying hiking boots, following nearly ten different Cape Town instagram pages, and communicating with alum from the program. Being “born and raised” in STL, this was going to be the longest I have ever been away from home. I found this more exciting than nerve racking. I could not wait to hike, swim with sharks, bungee jump, try new foods, develop relationships, and gain a global perspective. Yet there was still this unease of not knowing what to expect for the next four months. Jokingly, my mom’s biggest fear was that I was going to be step on by an elephant. Due to the fact that I was primarily in an urban area, this was not of high concern. In all reality, my biggest challenge would be accustoming to the culture. So, a lot of emotions were bundled up inside of me prior to leaving. Yet, I was ready to take on this experience head on. A lot of people had helped me get to this point, and I owed it to them and myself to have an experience of a life-time.
What surprised you the most about your experience? What about the other culture surprised or shocked you?
What did you see (monuments, historical sites, palaces, etc.) that impressed you the most?
Part of this program also included anti-apartheid leader speakers who lectured to us every Friday.
Can you describe some of the food that you loved best? Any food experiences that didn’t go as planned/well?
Yet, Braii’s were the K-House guy and gal’s favorite way to have a family dinner. Braiis are a South African BBQ, expect instead of grilling burgers and hot dogs, you grill lamb and chicken drenched in Savannah Dry’s and rubbed with Braii seasoning. We would normally have Braiis at the house and invite our friends from University of Western Cape and Service to join.
How was your clinical experience? Did you have the opportunity to learn about new methods or equipment or participate in research?