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¡Viva España!

Spain - 2010 World Cup Champions!

Now that the World Cup is over and Spain has been crowned the victor it’s time for the rest of the world to join America back in its regular scheduled routines.  Watching the games and seeing ESPN broadcast all of the stadiums and the country of South Africa made me envious of the people who got to take part in the worlds most watched sporting event.  While it was only my home for a month I feel like I truly left a piece of me behind there and I will always be connected with the people of the Republic of South Africa.  Any time you leave the country you tend to notice the subtle differences between home and abroad.  Here are a few from Cape Town:

America has stop lights.  South Africans call them “Robots”.
America has fast food.  South Africa has Steers Burgers and KFC on EVERY corner.
America has ketchup.  South Africa has 1000 Island and BBQ sauce for burgers.
America has Six Flags.  South Africa has the Worlds Tallest Bungee Jump.
America has petting zoos.  South Africa has Shark Diving with Great Whites.
America has rush hour traffic.  South Africa has Elephant road blocks.
America has football, baseball, and basketball.  South Africa has
Rugby, Cricket, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup!

African Road Block

While there are obviously differences between the two countries it is
ultimately the similarities and relationships that make South Africa a special
place.  I thoroughly enjoyed staying up late into the night talking
SEC football with a Canadian tourist at a hostel and realizing that
McDonald’s will deliver McFlurrys to your hotel room.  Moments like
these remind you that in the end people really aren’t that different
even if they are separated by the Atlantic Ocean.

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"Don’t Just Go…L.E.A.D.!"

(Table Mountain

This summer I’m getting the opportunity of a lifetime to go on a study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa!  Since South Africa is hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup everyone who is anyone (including me!) will be in the country!

I’m really excited because the Global L.E.A.D. program that I am participating in is the most comprehensive study abroad program I’ve ever seen.  LEAD is an acronym for Leadership, Education, Adventure, and Diplomacy and part of the program is dedicated to each of the ideals.

From cage diving with Great White Sharks to the world’s largest bungee jump to renovating a run down school and meeting with local children to meeting with Nelson Mandela’s cellmate and other world class leaders to an African safari to touring wine country and the garden route to hiking mountains this program literally has it all.  (Sorry if your a stickler for grammar, because clearly I’m not! haha but you get the point! I’m excited!)

The hardest part of this whole thing is trying to concentrate in school until May when I know I have all of this to look forward to!  But only 3 more months I guess…

(On safari –
(Winery just outside of Cape Town


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