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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Rainbow’s end

Our last day in Cape Town we visited some of the famous government buildings. We saw the Company’s Garden, which was established by the Dutch-East India Trading Company for the sailors and ships as a halfway point and restocking center before they made their trip to the east.

We also saw the City Hall building and Parliament. Again we tried to visit Robben Island, but the seas were too choppy and the ferry was not running. It was disappointing not being able to see Mandela’s prison cell, as it was one of the major highlights of the trip. However we all felt it would not feel right if we got to visit the landmark without Dr. Halperin there with us.

The rest of the day we did some last-minute shopping and sightseeing on our own before we headed back to the hotel to pack up. We were all nervous about our transfer from Heathrow to Gatwick because we only had three hours and the airport was at least an hour away. On the way to the airport it had just rained and we saw a huge rainbow across the highway. We actually got to see the rainbow from end to end, a complete semicircle. I saw that as a good-luck sign that we would make our flight.

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