Archive for July 7th, 2008

the gardens botanical

Monday, July 7th, 2008 at about 2:23 pm

A relatively quiet Sunday: woke up late (long night on Saturday, and needed to catch up on some sleep from the week prior), had a leisurely lunch, biked to the botanical gardens. Very pleasant. There’s a long walk they call the Dassie trail, after the small hyrax that lives among the rocks and trees there. They’re related to elephants, of all things. There are some on the CSIR grounds as well. They’re difficult to spot, as they blend in and they’re quite shy. The best picture I managed to get of one is this somewhat blurry brown one. There were also little huts the displays in them about medicinal plants that were quite cute. And outside of them was an enormous aloe plant, which are all over the place here, but I quite like.

hard to believe they\'re related to elephants, they look like guinea pigs so charmingan aloe plant

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sharks at bulls

Monday, July 7th, 2008 at about 2:28 am

After going to Faerie Glen I biked back to Villa Africa and had a few minutes before going to meet Avery (another Stanford studentl; we lived in the same dorm this past year) at Loftus stadium for the night’s rugby match. My appreciation for organized sports is limited, but this was actually pretty fun. The game’s aren’t too long, things happen somewhat constantly. I’m not about to become a regular, but it was fun. After the game we headed to Hatfield square, big bar area near the University of Pretoria. Since the local team (The Blue Bulls) had won (over the Sharks, of Durban), there was a lot of celebrating going on. It was a fun night.

Durban Sharks vs. Pretoria Blue Bulls

And here’s the real kicker: Avery brought two friends of his who also work at IDASA (Institute for Democracy in South Africa), one from Columbia and one form OSU. So who do I end up sitting next to? Lauri Feldman’s ex-boyfriend. He knows half the kids I know from Uni through her. Small fucking world.

Avery, of Stanford, and Colin, of Columbia

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