Reflecting on South Africa

It’s crazy but our group has been back from South Africa for more than two weeks. It feels like it was yesterday when we landed in the Johannesburg airport, eager to start the trip. Reflecting on this program, I was unsure of what to write for my final blog post, as there were so many…

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Taking on Table Mountain

Last Saturday, four of us decided to hike up Table Mountain, despite visiting the top via cable car the prior day. After researching various trails, we came across Skeleton Gorge, which had pathways through the forest on the eastern side of the mountain. Skeleton Gorge would also lead us to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point…

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A South African Safari and the Cradle of Humankind

Hi everyone! Just me, Emma, with a quick update from South Africa! We have been here for over 2 weeks and have been working hard on our projects and exploring Johannesburg and surrounding areas. The landscapes around Jo’burg have been absolutely beautiful! On Sunday, our group loaded into our van at 4 am and drove…

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The Best Record Stores in Johannesburg

Although we have been busy down here in Jo’burg, between touring TV stations and going on safaris, I have still been able to explore the vinyl scene here. Now that vinyl has become a popular mode of music consumption, people have been searching the world for collectable records. With record stores popping up left and…

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The Sound of South Africa

Hello All! My name is Jake Colker, and I am a sophomore at Temple University. If you are reading this blog, you can probably guess that I am studying abroad this summer. You guessed right, dear reader. I am a journalism student who will be traveling to South Africa this summer to participate in Temple’s…

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Emma takes on South Africa

Hi! My name is Emma Padner and I will be taking you through South Africa for the first month of the summer! I am a rising junior, majoring in journalism with a minor in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. I have always loved writing and traveling, so I am also looking to declare a concentration…

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Thrill-Seeking in Cape Town

Hello from Cape Town! As my time in this beautiful city came to a close, I had the urge to throw caution to the wind and find myself some adventure. The adventure I found came in the form of shark diving and paragliding. A group of us woke up at 3:00 a.m. and drove two…

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Hoop di Loop

It’s finally here! The long-awaited hoop dance video. This video, shot at Cape Point, was so fun to make despite the super windy conditions! If anything, I would have left the most pretty piece of litter behind (luckily, I didn’t lose my hoop). Not only did I take this opportunity abroad to make a fun…

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At the top of Table Mountain

Hi everyone! Our time in South Africa came to an end more than a month ago, which is so crazy. It feels like we were just there yesterday. One of the last activities we did before heading back to Philly was taking a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town,…

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Welcome to Cape Town!

Hi everyone! I have exciting news! We’re now moving to the second part of my time in South Africa. After a wonderful two weeks in Johannesburg, we boarded a plane and flew two hours south to Cape Town. After first landing in Cape Town, we took a bus to our hotel in Sea Point. We…

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South Africa in Eleven Photos

It’s been about three weeks since we’ve returned from South Africa and I find it hard to believe that it even happened. Sounds weird, right? I guess now would be a good time to reflect. Join me. I promise lots of pictures. South Africa, you were a once in a lifetime experience for many reasons…

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