Tuesday, 9 August 2016

LIVING IN CAPE TOWN - WEEK 3

So if homesickness is going to hit I've heard that it will most likely be on the 3rd week but I haven't felt any yet and I am so glad. One of my worries was that I would end up feeling homesick and therefore be unable to fully enjoy my time in Cape Town. Surprisingly however, the opposite has happened. The longer I am here the less I want to go back to Scotland. I have fallen in love with the laid back and social culture, it really makes me realise how industrial the UK is and how much of it is dominated by massive corporations. I love how there are so many small family businesses here and each one is unique and welcoming, you can really tell that people enjoy their jobs and care genuinely about the services they provide. 



At work this week I ran a two hour workshop with the women at my shelter on the South African Bill of Rights and also the Children's Act 2005. I was only told two days beforehand that I would be doing it so I nearly worked day and night on it but I was very pleased with how it went. Many of the women had been asking me individually about the rights of their children's fathers depending on whether they were married or unmarried etc. This can be quite a confusing aspect of the law but luckily for me South African and Scots law are very similar on this topic. The women were very engaged and interested and had many questions on both topics. 

Considering that South Africa has one of the most advanced written constitutions in the word whereas the UK does not even have a written constitution at all, I was shocked to hear that many of the women had never even laid eyes on it. The first time many of them had seen their own constitution was during my class! They were not even aware of their own rights so I am am glad that I picked the topics that I did. 

This week my group of friends and I also went for a night out on Long Street. We found a great bar with a live band and a club upstairs called the Dubliner and I may have had a little too much fun as I spent most of the next day focusing on not being sick... Ooops! We also went to the Hout Bay Market on Friday which was incredible. It was in the evening and there were all sorts stalls with foods, drinks, clothes, jewellery and more. It was a really lovely atmosphere and a great way to spend the evening. The next day we went to the Old Biscuit Mill which is a similar sort of market except it is in the morning. There I had a Crepe with bacon and eggs for breakfast and a blueberry smoothie. All the little stalls of fresh food were amazing and there were way too many to choose from. Later that day I went with my friends Katy and Hannah to the V&A Waterfront Mall and I was so happy to discover the store called 'Mr Price' as it is literally a South African version of Primark (a super cheap but cute British clothes store) as I was in serious need of some new clothes. 


So that is it for week 3! I hope you've enjoyed reading and I'll leave you with some photos from this week. Let me know what you think in the comments! Lots of love xx
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