After a long week of finishing assignments, some friends and I decided to spend our Friday afternoon at the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. It’s pretty close to our house, so we caught a 70 Rand Uber (about $5) and was about a ten to fifteen minute drive. Located by Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens are home to many different species of flora and fauna. It was established in 1913 and was created to promote the reservation of indigenous plant life. It also features an exhibit of statues throughout the garden that were created by Zimbabwean Shona artists.
Although I am unable to post the videos I recorded (technical difficulties and bad wifi connections are not a good mix..) the views were absolutely breathtaking. As a self-declared art fanatic, the sculptures were my favorite part. They were scattered throughout the garden and each one has its own story. I’m usually not one to be particularly interested in plant life, but the plants in the garden really intrigued me. Kirstenbosch did a very good job of giving historical context and relevance to many of the plants. For example, there was an ancient almond plant that the San people used to hunt, and there were many signs describing its uses and how they harvested it. It was very interesting considering that I would not have known any of that information on my own.
In other news, I’m at the point of my trip where I only have six weeks left. To be completely honest, part of me is looking forward to returning home to the U.S. I feel like I’ve learned so much and grown as a person. With three weeks left of class before finals, I’m starting to get a little overwhelmed with school work and its draining a lot of my energy towards going out. But days like today are what remind me that there is always something new for me in Cape Town. Even if its just a chill day in a garden, or taking a walk in a new area; I am dedicated to making the most of these last few weeks.