April 29, 2016
In the morning, we grabbed breakfast at a cafe called Revelations. According to my sister, it is the only place in Grahamstown with free, unlimited wifi. After breakfast, we met my sister and hung out with her for a short while before meeting up with one of her friends and his friend visiting him (from Switzerland). The weather was pretty bad- cold, windy, and rainy, but we didn’t let it stop us from exploring a bit around town. Her friend had planned out a few places in Grahamstown to see, including the cathedral and a cute art gallery. We also saw some statues commemorating wars, and walked under the archway to my sister’s campus- Rhodes University. I didn’t take many pictures due to the rain. There was some pretty cool architecture as well, dating back to the 1800s.
After walking around for a while, we were pretty cold and wet, so we went to the grocery store to grab some stuff in order to make dinner in our apartment. My sister joined us, and we had fun making mac and cheese and eating as a family (minus my brother, who was unable to join us on the trip). The weather got increasingly worse- thunder and lightning, strong winds, pouring rain, but my sister insisted that we still had to go out as planned that night in order for me to experience the college weekend life at Rhodes. Apparently, it’s quite the party school. We started off at a friend’s apartment, playing some games and such, then headed to the bars. I’ve decided the bars have very strange names here- in Grahamstown, the three most popular bars are (in this order) “Rat and Parrot”, “The Monastery”, and “Friar’s”. We went to both the “Rat and Parrot”, which I like better, and “Friar’s”, which was not my favorite, mostly because the music was quite bad. We were out late, so we went straight to bed when we left the bars.