9 Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

This past September, my friends and I spent a week in Cape Town, South Africa and we loved it! There is so much to do in the city, as well as in the surrounding Cape region, so this list is not exhaustive but these were 9 of the highlights from our trip! 1 – Go…

Why the District Six Museum should be on your Cape Town Itinerary

I’ll admit it, before I started research for our week in Cape Town, I didn’t know very much about the history of apartheid in South Africa. I knew we had to visit Robben Island where political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were held before apartheid was brought to an end. But I didn’t know about District…

7 Reasons to Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa

1. For the unique Cape Flora – the Cape Floral Region is the smallest of the six different floral kingdoms in the world, located only on the southwestern tip of South Africa. Kirstenbosch showcases thousands of the plant species only found in this region. We visited in September, which is springtime in South Africa, and the spring flowers…

Cape Peninsula Road Trip: A Day Trip from Cape Town, South Africa

Muizenberg Beach – 30 km from Cape Town Departing from Cape Town, our first stop after about a 30-minute drive was in Muizenberg. Muizenberg is most known for its charming and colorful bathing chalets on the beach – even on a cloudy day in the shoulder season (we visited in September), the beach was picturesque…

Life in Liberia: Yard Names & Porch Kids

Here in my community in Liberia, the houses can be close together in a way that to my American eye seemed disorderly at first — not all the houses are on an actual road and they can be built just feet away from another house. Unlike in neighborhoods in the US, you can’t distinguish which…

Visiting Kim’s Classroom: Marshmallow Structures

For our second day helping Kim teach at her school, our lesson was all about structures. For anyone who missed the estimation activity last class, Mom and I reintroduced our selves. We explained how we are both engineers and a little bit about all the different types of engineering. Since we are engineers, we wanted…

Visiting Kim in Liberia: A Morning in Kakata

Since Kim lives relatively close to the larger city of Kakata, we decided to take a morning to visit and see the Peace Corps training center and to meet her Liberian host family who she lived with during her initial training in Liberia. Instead of trying to hail a cab on the side of the…

Visiting Kim’s Classroom: Estimation Activity

At our first day in Kim’s school, we were surprised when we arrived to find that it was a “working day.” That means that instead of classes, the students work to clean up the school’s campus. They hadn’t started cleaning yet, so we decided to still do our prepared activity with the students who were…

First Day in Liberia: Walk About Kim’s Community

After 27 hours of traveling we finally made it to Liberia! After finding Kim at the airport (!) we spent our first night at the luxurious Farmington Hotel right across the street. After a much needed night’s sleep, we met a taxi driver in the morning to take us on the bumpy hour long ride…