It’s really fascinating getting to try all these new foods and adventures while being immersed in a culture where I get to learn and experience new things every day.
But being realistic, the grass is not really greener on the other side. As you all know, there is a lot of controversy and issues especially regarding race and the justice system in America.
Apartheid which was the official policy of racial segregation in South Africa(similar to the US in the 1900’s) , actually began here in the town of Stellenbosch where the policies were negotiated.
Believe it or not, it’s only been a little over 20 years, and South Africans are still struggling with racial disparities.
Here in South Africa they have 3 main ethnic groups not including Asians and others. Whites, Colored and Blacks. Colored ( intermarriage between the Dutch and black South Africans which gave birth to the AFRIKAANS language) who we’d consider biracial, is actually an ethnic group of its own with their own cultural ways. From the few conversations I have had with some of the locals, one is treated differently based on the color of their skin.
This did hit home for me because it is basically the same issues were facing back in the states. The only difference is that here in South Africa there is completely open dialogue compared to America. 🇿🇦🌍🇺🇸🌎
Currently living as a full time student at Stellenbosch university, it’s very interesting to see the perspective of a South African struggling with such prominent issues.