Day One

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Isolation cells at Number Four
On our first real day in South Africa, we really focused on apartheid. Though we learned a bit about aptd in class, going to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill really helped my understanding of apartheid. The museum is excellent and if you are ever in Jo'burg I highly recommend it. It is set up wonderfully and the layout really plays with your senses. Sounds and sights pile on top of one another to form a cacaphony of many emotions. There was also a good exhibit on Steve Biko which I really liked.
After the Apartheid Museum we went to Constitution Hill and Number Four (I believe it is called), a prison where they kept many political prisoners, including Gandhi. It was very bleak and depressing and the tour guide and videos did nothing to sugarcoat the horrible experiences people had in the prison. On site is the constitutional court (so maybe this is in Pretoria?), a beautiful and innovative building.
That night we saw Umoja, a musical/dance performance. The narrator was trying to sound like Nelson Mandela but it came out more like Count Chocula, which we happily mocked the rest of the trip. It was very touristy but still enjoyable and we all had fun.
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Isolation cells at Number Four
Isolation cells at Number Four
The Court uses all 11 official lan…
The Court uses all 11 official la…
Number Four
Number Four
Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum
the group, minus Professor Singer
the group, minus Professor Singer