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Cape Town Diary: October 15. By Heather Finn, Colby College 03

Story posted October 16, 2001

Being in Cape Town these last few months has been quite an experience, one that I will never forget. Although it has been frustrating at times - feeling like all we do here is work - there have been things that make up for all of that. One of those things has been our home-stay families. I have been really fortunate to have been placed with two amazing families, and while it was hard to leave the first, I'm glad that I have had the opportunity to live with the second. Since the two families are actually good friends with each other, I get to see my first family a lot.

Last night, Sarah (who lives with my first home-stay family) and I made dinner for our two families, and it was so much fun! Before coming here I was not exactly what you could call a "cook." In fact, I would say that toast and cereal were the limits of my culinary expertise. But after cooking several times here and especially after the amazing dinner we created last night, I'm feeling pretty confident about my cooking skills. Or at least I'm feeling pretty confident about cooking with someone else who knows what she's doing (Sarah).

Another thing that I have learned to appreciate a lot on this trip is the other students. I feel like being with these kids all of the time over the last three or so odd months has taught me a lot about myself. Getting to know these guys better and trying to understand them has been a learning experience in and of itself. Although I wish that I could have gotten to know more South Africans while living here, I have definitely met some really amazing people.

Another part of the trip that has been really incredible has been the opportunity to meet some of the local artists here. In one of my classes here, we are planning an art exhibition for the township of Langa and are using the art of local artists for it. Through planning and setting up for this event (which is titled 'Homecoming' and will be opening on October 20th at Guga S'Thebe in Langa) we have spent time with the seven artists who are involved in it. Being able to spend time with them and ask them all about their work and their views on the role of art in their life, has been amazing. In the remaining time that I have here I hope to only spend more time with them and get to know these incredibly talented people better.

All in all, I have loved being here, and hope that someday I'll be able to afford the plane ticket to come back.

-Heather Finn, Colby College '03.

Additional information on the Cape Town program is at CBB Cape Town
Other Cape Town Diaries:
Cape Town Diary: July 3. By Julie McGee.
Cape Town Diary: July 14. By Julie McGee.
Cape Town Diary: July 27. By Kristen M. Heim.
Cape Town Diary: July 27. By Rachel Meiklejohn.
Cape Town Diary: August 6. By Paul Min.
Cape Town Diary: August 6. By Heather Finn.
Cape Town Diary: August 10. By Chris Reigeluth.
Cape Town Diary: August 13. By Kathryn Spirer.
Cape Town Diary: August 15. By Philip Drake.
Cape Town Diary: August 20. By Dana Kramer.
Cape Town Diary: August 20. By Noah Lambie.
Cape Town Diary: August 24. By Brendan Ferriter.
Cape Town Diary: August 27. By Katie Spirer.
Cape Town Diary: August 27. By Laura Bilodeau.
Cape Town Diary: August 31. By Kristen Heim.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 1. By Samantha Dahan.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 4. By Julie McGee.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 14. By Claire Cuno.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 25. By Laura Bilodeau.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 28. By Noah Lambie.
Cape Town Diary: Oct. 3. By Paul Min.
Cape Town Diary: Oct. 8. By Chris Reigeluth.
Cape Town Diary: Oct. 12. By Brendan Ferriter.
Cape Town Diary: Oct. 12. By Rachel Meiklejohn.

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