Cape Town: Two Oceans Aquarium, School Visit, & Boulders Beach

August 24, 2013
On a very rainy Sunday in South Africa, we were given some free time.  Since the weather was terrible, we decided to visit Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront because it was something we had been wanting to do, anyway.  The aquarium was right across from our hotel, and we could see it every morning when we had breakfast.  We watched the sharks being fed, checked out some weird sea creatures, and overall just had a relaxing day.  One of my favorite parts of the aquarium was the part that housed the penguins because each penguin had a little biography written up about them.  It stated where they were found, what they were like, etc.  I thought that was really interesting and would try to read the bio and find the penguin it described.
 








The next day we went on a school visit, which was interesting to our group since we are all education/literacy majors.  We got to visit a whole bunch of classrooms and talk to the students.  One teacher even opened it up for Q&A, which was my favorite part because it was more interactive.  A lot of the children in the early grades sang to us in Xhosa and English.  One of the problems that was apparent at the school was that most of the students spoke Xhosa as a native language, yet parents of these children wanted them to be educated in English.  We visited a first grade classroom with one teacher who speaks English and Afrikaans only, but all of her students besides one or two were Xhosa-speaking.  I tried to communicate many students in English, and one of the very few students who spoke English said, "They can't understand you.  They speak Xhosa."  There is a Xhosa-speaking aide, but she has to rotate to several classrooms, so she was only in the 1st grade classroom two hours a day. 

We sat with the administrators of the school we visited and had tea.  They talked to us a bit about their school, and then my professor asked if they had any items that the students made for sale.  In the past, the school raised some money by selling some artwork created by the students.  I bought a clock for about $5, and hope to put it in my classroom one day.  


For lunch, we stopped at a place called Obz Cafe.  My professor and her husband used to eat here when they lived in South Africa.  The roasted vegetable salad I had was delicious!


Later that day, we went on a library visit and then had dinner and watched a show at The Baxter Theatre.  The play we watched was called Long Street Nights, which featured a diverse group of characters and provided glimpses into their lives.  Each character's story was based on a real life story from someone living in Cape Town.



We woke up early the next day and headed out to Boulders Beach, but first we made a stop to see some sea lions!






Boulders Beach is famous for a colony of penguins that live there.  I never realized how cute and entertaining penguins are--I could watch them for hours!






What animals are you interested in seeing when you travel?


11 comments on "Cape Town: Two Oceans Aquarium, School Visit, & Boulders Beach"
  1. This post is full of so much amazing-ness! All that in a couple of days! My wanderlust is growing stronger by the minute. An odd choice, but when I have been in various prairie situations the little prairie dogs fascinate me, their so social and cute popping in and out.

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    1. Prairie dogs are so cute! I've never seen any in real life--only on t.v., but they look like they'd be so much fun to watch.

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  2. Wow, I love the photos of the penguins, so unusual to see them in the natural environment.

    http://golovelife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, and yes, I had never seen them like that before visiting South Africa!

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  3. Love visiting aquariums. When I was younger I wanted to be a marine biologist. I went to the Baltimore aquarium a few times and loved it. The penguins are just adorable! My favorite is going snorkeling though, seeing all the reefs and fish in their natural habitat is amazing. I have also been whale watching which was a great experience.

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    1. Oh cool! I did whale watching in Newfoundland, and saw a few whales, but it wasn't the peak season for them.

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  4. I love aquariums!! I want to hug those little penguins!!

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    1. I know, I so wanted to run out onto the beach and play with them!!

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  5. I love aquarium photos...but the penguins are the cuttest! Thank you for linking up with me for Travel Tuesdays!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose an expat lifestyle blog

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    1. No problem! I love that link up!!!

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  6. the Two Oceans Aquarium is renowned for its magnificent displays and is much more than that as it is also well known for incredible function and conference venues.... http://www.worldfortravel.com/2014/06/28/two-oceans-aquarium-south-africa/

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