Day 15

It’s crazy that I’ve been here long enough to say this, but today was a pretty normal day in the clinic. Since mothers are required to bring their babies in every other day until they are over 2.5 kg, their cord is off, and they’re over 5 days old, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are very busy. Tuesdays and Thursdays are slower, especiallywhen it’s raining so today was pretty empty. In the meantime, Nikki and Maci did a lot of reading and I wrote a lot of postcards. As a side note, I have SO MANY postcards if you would like one please let me know and I’ll send one. Warning: takes 10 business days to get to the USA so no return letter needed.

We took our lunch break around noon and ended up having a 2-hour conversation about sororities at each of our respective schools (Skylar and Madison: Mercer, Nikki: UT Austin, Maci: Oklahoma State, Me: UVA). Interesting content. We returned to the labor ward desperately hoping for a birth but, alas, there were no mothers ready to push.

Upon return from work, the afternoon was pretty standard: gym, hanging out with roommates, etc. For dinner, I went to The Codfather in Camps Bay with some friends. This place not only has a sushi conveyor belt that you can choose from but also has a huge case of fish where you choose your cut, how it’s cooked, sides, etc. We all split some edamame, tuna rolls, seared tuna, and kingklip and WOW it was all fantastic! This is a pretty notable restaurant in all of Cape Town so I don’t need to promote it too much but would definitely recommend that any seafood fan check this place out.

After dinner, we met up with some of the UVA people here with iXperience (all staying in Camps Bay) to attend a Tuesday karaoke night. We watched some older men (minority demographic) conquer Ice Ice Baby, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and Country Roads before deciding it was time to head out. Tired and ready for sleep, I now sit here writing this post! Xhosa word of the day is “postcard”: lokuposa.