August 11 was a study day for us, because we had a paper due on August 12. Besides from going to our favorite restaurant, Café Extrablatt, we spent most of our day and night inside writing our papers.
August 12 – We started our day with class, of course. Then we were escorted by Luke Angel to shop at wholesale places on Long Street. Luke was previously an African Art Salesman and knows all of the ins and outs of buying African art. One of the stores we visited was Pan African Market, which seems like a Sam’s Club for African art. They had everything you could possibly think of and yet I wasn’t able to find much that I wanted. The one bag I did buy is currently tearing up as I speak.
During our shopping tour, we stopped at RCaffe’, which is an unsuspecting restaurant and coffee shop in the heart of Long Street serving gourmet sandwiches and croissants, for lunch. I had a Peri Peri Chicken wrap that was pretty good. We all shared a chocolate cupcake that was to die for!
Later, we went for dinner and a play at the Baxter Theatre Center at the University of Cape Town called “Hayani,” which means “home” in Venda. The play explored what home meant in South Africa and investigated the stories of two unique South Africans to reveal a complex, honest and moving journey towards understanding themselves as South Africans and what it means to be South African. Atandwa Kani, originally from New Brighton in Port Elizabeth, and Nat Ramabulana, from Thohoyandou in Limpopo, weaved personal narratives against the joyous transitional years in South Africa. They were excellent entertainers as they played each other’s parents and siblings, turning the performance space into an interactive playground of very personal memories. With live music on stage, they took us on a magical journey of intimate and beautiful storytelling.