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Spending Thanksgiving in South Africa

Evan Bowe ’17 – Today we saw the natural beauty of the South African coast and animals native to South Africa. We rode a boat over rough seas to Seal Island to see a large seal colony around the coast. On the way and at the Cape of Good Hope we saw

A beautiful view on Thanksgiving Day.

A beautiful view on Thanksgiving Day.

baboons, ostriches, and penguins. None of us had ever seen these animals outside of zoos but in the wild, they are indifferent and calm around humans. We took a scenic highway to the Cape of Good Hope which many car companies use for shooting commercials. The coast is lined with rocky cliffs that fall into the ocean. We hiked up to the lighthouse at the southern end to the Cape and saw dassies, a larger rodent and the closest relative to the elephant.

For dinner we had a family style, traditional Islamic meal at Biesmiellah, a Malay restaurant in Cape Town. Biesmiellah is an invocation and prayer before meal to give thanks to Allah. We had fried appetizers like spicy potato Wadas and samosas and then a main course of saffron basmati rice with curry chicken and Pienang beef. For dessert we were served koeksisters, delicious sugar coated Malay donuts. To wash it down we had a passion mango juice. No alcohol was served at Biesmiellah per Islamic tradition.

Thanksgiving Dinner with the whole group.

Thanksgiving Dinner with the whole group.