Cheyenne in South Africa

Cheyenne is a junior from Dallas majoring in public policy, with a minor in economics and human rights. She traveled with a group of 15 students, faculty and community members on a trip August 2-12 to South Africa, led by SMU Human Rights Program director Rick Halperin. The trip focused on the events and landmarks of apartheid, the system of racial segregation enforced there by the white-controlled government from 1948 to 1989.

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A trip to the end of the world

Today was an extremely exciting day as we got to visit the Cape of Good Hope. This is the southernmost tip of the African continent. I liked saying it was like going to the end of the world.

Penguins.jpg We drove around Cape Town to see all the small beach communities. It was so beautiful to have the mountains and ocean right there. We drove though Simon’s Town, a small village that has a colony of penguins living on the beach. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! The penguins were tiny and so fun to watch. The weather was great and no one wanted to leave that spot.

We had a scheduled tour to Robben Island to visit Nelson Mandela’s prison but when we arrived there the tour had been canceled because of choppy ocean conditions. All bummed, we decided to switch our Saturday morning plans around and take a tour of Table Mountain. Fog had rolled in up at the mountains, but we decided to go anyway.

We took a cable car up to the mountain and once on top it felt like you were on Everest. Once again, it was freezing and windy, and the fog gave it an eerie feeling. You could barely see off the edge of the mountain so the whole experience felt like a dream. That night was Dr. Halperin’s last night, so we all had dinner together at a nice local restaurant.

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