Sunday, 31 July 2016

LIVING IN CAPE TOWN - WEEK 2

So this week has went by even faster than the first. I started working at the shelter on Monday and I already know that when I leave I will be an emotionally stronger person than I am at the moment. Some of the women at the shelter have endured horrific experiences beyond imagination and I often find myself being part lawyer part counsellor and struggling to detach my work from my personal life. I know that I am gaining a wider range of skills here, especially as I am gaining both life and legal experience so for that I am grateful.

Despite often feeling drained after work I appreciate the amount I have already learned and experienced whilst being here. Living in Scotland most of my life had began to cloud my judgement of what life is like in other countries, so being here I am reminded that there is still much work to be done in the world. 

The weather was so much nicer this week and on Saturday my group of friends, who are all interns too, and I took a train to Simon's Town to see the penguins and later went surfing at Muizenberg beach and wow it was amazing. We rented surf boards and wet suits for 100 rand which is around £5 for over and hour and a half. It was my first time surfing but luckily our friend Evan from Hawaii was a pro and showed us how its done. 

On Sunday we all woke up at 5am to hike to the top of Lions Head mountain to watch the sunrise. I found the hike VERY difficult, especially after having pulled almost every muscle in my body whilst surfing the previous day. However I did eventually, with many breaks, make it to the top just in time. The view was breathtaking as we were all just above a sea of clouds. 


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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

MOVING TO CAPE TOWN - WEEK 1

So this week after three flights I finally arrived in Cape Town, EEK!! 
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a six week internship here to do legal aid work in order to help women who are victims of domestic violence. 



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