Wednesday, 31 August 2016

LIVING IN CAPE TOWN - MONTH 2





During my final three weeks it started to hit me just how quickly time was passing by. I sadly began to realise that I wasn't going to be in Cape Town for as long as it had once seemed so I decided to disconnect myself a bit more from social media and my phone in general to make sure I was really living in each moment and day. Not to say I didn't use them at all, just a bit less, hence why I hadn't written weekly posts.

During my 4th and 5th weeks I was incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to shadow three of the Magistrate Judges at Wynberg Magistrate's Court. It was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I worked with civil, criminal and child law cases. Thinking back to when I was leaving the UK to go to Cape Town, at that time, I would have never even dreamed that I would end up doing such a thing which makes me even more happy that I got myself on that flight despite all of my fears and apprehensions. Working in the court also gave me so much more confidence and reassured me that I do want to work with law as often studying something can be very different from working with it. 

Later in the week my friends and I went sailing at the Waterfront, it was really fun and relaxing. That night we also went to a Mexican restaurant and our American friends were shocked at how apparently "un-mexicanised" us Brits were when we had no idea what to order. 

The next night all of us went clubbing which was so fun, I really loved the nightlife in Cape Town. On the way home however, our taxi driver ran through three red lights and was stopped by the police yelling at him about how he had our lives in his hands and how we all had families. They were right but the driver gave them a load of cash and the police let him drive away with all of us still in the car. On arrival I always knew to avoid getting into taxis however the more I began to feel like I lived there the more relaxed I became. 

The next day we went to the famous braai called Mozoli's which is basically a large scale barbecue party that happens every Sunday in one of the township areas. When you first go in you order your meat, a large group of us all ordered like 10 pieces of chicken, 2 pieces of lamb, 3 pieces of streak, sausages and more. They put all of your meat into like a bucket and you take it through to the men who cook it on the barbecue stoves and collect later. Inside the actual area where everyone eats there are massive speakers playing African beat music and everyone is dancing around and getting drunk whist eating the meat, it really is a once in a lifetime experience if you visit South Africa. I can guarantee you will not find anything like it any other country. 



The next week I went back to the women's shelter to finish off the work that they wanted me to do and also to say goodbye. The women made me a beautiful card with the Scottish flag on it. That night my friends and I bought pizza and ate it whilst watching the sunset from the top of Signal Hill which has an amazing view overlooking the whole of the city, which looked unreal in the dark with all of the city lights. The next few nights before I left mainly consisted of my group of friends and I eating ice cream and watching movies together. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to share my time in Cape Town with I am going to miss them all so much. I can't even put into words how much I did not want to leave. I used to wish that the world could freeze in that time so that could be our lives forever but sadly however it was time to return to reality. 

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