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3 posts from April 2012


High tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel

Katie High Tea

Sunday Morning Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel felt like a childhood dream. We walked into an ornate hotel, high ceilings, plush couches and armchairs. The gold-vested waiter politely introduced himself and gave us the black leather menus, filled with an abundant selection of loose leaf teas. We tried all kinds, from sweet Vanilla Rooibos to deep Japanese Oolong to a dark Earl Grey. As the tea brews, we reminisced about our favorite American childhood television, unveiling some past crushes on Doug Funny, Otto Rocket, Hey Arnold (all of whom are cartoons, I might add).   When the tea was ready, the waiter served us platters of finger sandwiches, croissants, pastries and cakes. It was a light, sweet and satisfying meal (though, if you have a big appetite, you may want to wait for the all-you-can-eat High Afternoon Tea).


After tea, we played on the standing swing in the back, and the walked around the gardens across the road. We rolled back to Rondebosch (completely giddy) by 3 PM, with plenty of time for homework, church, yoga and skype sessions. We'll definitely be back!


Guest Blogger

Katherine Ullmann- Vanderbilt University


Eat Your Heart Out (EYHO) FoodJam!



Last week, the Service-Learners had the most delicious opportunity ever cooked up to Foodjam at Jade de Waal’s fabulous house. For those of you who don’t know Jade, meet her. She is currently a contestant on South Africa’s Master Chef, and if our experience at her house is any indication, I think she will do quite well in the competition!

 We were set to work quickly, chopping veggies to put on our pizzas that we made in her outdoor pizza oven.



Afterwards, we spent some time outside under the beautiful lights.


 Then moved inside to begin our real cooking assignments… which included a South African dish called Bunny Chow, sweet potato fritters, snoke, homemade pasta, and my favorite, miniature dulce de leche cheesecakes.


   Crazy! Needless to say, things got a little messy in the kitchen. But what better way to learn about a love of food than through experience? All in all, we learned, ate, made new friends, and had a beautiful night.



By Guest Blogger

Rebecca Reed- Vanderbilt University


Joining the UCT Society through tennis

      Brynn Tennis

Being a part of the University of Cape Town tennis club has proven to be an interesting experience on all counts.  It has been a really great opportunity to meet some locals, and also chance to play a lot of great tennis with a really strong team. 

My first match experience with the UCT ladies team was typical South African outing.  Only after leaving a half an hour late for our match at Edgemead, a local tennis club, did we find out that the car was out of gas and the driver had forgotten her credit card.  When we finally found enough money to get to the courts, the girl driving explained that she didn’t know where the courts were, but could get us to the general area.  Another girl assured us she could find the courts.  Google maps had told me the club was about 20 minutes away.  A half an hour later, still on the highway, the girl driving announced we were lost.   After stopping at a convenience store and a police station for directions, and almost running out of gas (again) in a township, we finally made it to the tennis courts a full two hours late. The opposing team had gone home, and we drove right back to UCT.

The second surprise was the tennis club party.  Feeling obligated to quickly stop by, I made a few friends go with me to the tennis courts.  Thinking we’d leave after saying hi to the tennis team and a few of their friends, we were shocked to see hundreds of people and a party in full swing – complete with a barbeque, a fully stocked bar, and sponsors.  Unexpected.

This past Saturday, March 17th, I grudgingly gave up spending my day eating at Old Biscuit Mill (an incredible local farmers market) and finally played in my first match.  We played in Gardens, located in downtown Cape Town.  It was a gorgeous sunny day, and from the courts, we had the most amazing view of Table Mountain.  I had a blast.  As a team, we played four singles matches and two doubles matches.  Although I lost my singles match, we split sets in doubles, but lost in a close tiebreaker.  Regardless of my score, it was so neat getting to play great tennis with lots of South Africans, a Kenyan (my doubles partner!) and also getting to see how they run their league here.   As much as I miss playing with my club team in Miami, UCT tennis gives me a chance to integrate with local students and the community and has also given me ideas to bring back to my team at home. 

By guestblogger

Brynn Jacoby

University of Miami