Dr. Minson in South Africa
On October 6th, Dr. Minson emailed Bishop Kearney students, members, and staff to share the first part of her journey with us. She told us that it took her 23 hours in total to get to South Africa, including a 7-hour flight to London, a layover there, and then an additional 11-hour flight to CapeTown, South Africa. She talked about visiting the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, which reminded her of our South Street Seaport, and about all of the amazing things she saw while touring the CapeTown Peninsula. Here are some wonderful pictures that she shared with us:
The Lighthouse at Cape Point
A Surf Shop in Simon's Town
Cabanas in Fish Hoek
The Atlantic Ocean at the Cape of Good Hope
On October 17th, Dr. Minson emailed us some pictures from the Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 4 1/2 hours by plane from Johannesburg. Famous for stunning natural beauty, the Seychelles were settled by France in the 18th century and by the British in the 19th century. The Seychelles became an independent republic in 1976.
The Victoria Clock Tower, the most famous landmark of the Seychelles, located in the capital city of Victoria. It was erected in honor or Queen Victoria.
Dr. Minson went to Mass at St. Roch, pronounced St Rock. It was a beautiful Mass but not in English. She said she could have used a translator!
Dr. Minson then flew back to Johannesburg. She drove through Johannesburg and stopped at Constitution Hill, home of the Old Fort prison complex (where both Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were imprisoned for their pro-democracy activism) and the South African Supreme Court. She then toured Soweto. Dr. Minson suggested that we find out about what Soweto stands for and how important it is in the anti-apartheid movement.
Nelson Mandela Image in the Old Fort Prison Complex . This is where Mandela was convicted of Treason and given a sentence of life imprisonment.
The South African Supreme Court. They have 11 justices. (The United States Supreme Court has 9.)
"Welcome to Soweto" Sign (Soweto is the location of the Soweto Uprising, a hugely important event in the history of South Africa.) Dr. Minson wrote, "After my stop in Soweto, you are all more important to me than ever. Once you read about the Soweto uprising you’ll understand."
The Mandela House in Soweto. (The former home of Nelson Mandela and his family; now a museum and one of South Africa's most important and popular tourist attractions.)
This is a video about the Soweto Uprising. The photograph shown above has been voted one of the 100 Most Influential Images of All Time by Time Magazine. The photographer who took this picture claims that Nelson Mandela once said, "When we saw this photo, we said, 'Enough is enough'."
Dr. Minson asked us to please research what happened in Soweto in 1976, as it is essential to an understanding of South Africa. Here are some links and a video that might help you with your research:
- The June 16 Soweto Youth Uprising, from sahistory.org.za
- Soweto Student Uprising, from overcomingapartheid.msu.edu
- Time: "This Photo Galvanized the World against Apartheid. Here's the Story behind It"
Dr. Minson on Safari
Dr. Minson and her husband flew on a small plane from Johannesburg to a small airport, and then drove 2 hours to get to our camp.
They had a morning drive through the Bush from 5:30 to 8:30am, and an evening drive from 4:00-7.00pm. Here are some pictures that she thought you'd enjoy!
Dr. Minson and her husband spent four days on a Game Drive. They saw the Big Five; Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, and Rhino.
According to Dr. Minson, it was an incredible four days. Each day started at 5:30 am with their first game drive, which lasted for 3 hours. The second game drive was from 4-7 pm. Dinner was by a fire. Sometimes the animals walked right up to them as they had dinner!
Dr. Minson took many amazing pictures that she hopes to share with God’s Love and Creatures Club. Some of them are posted below.
On October 23rd, the final day of the game drive, Dr. Minson and her husband went on the drive at 5:30 am until 8:30 am . They then had to drive 2 hours to a small airport to fly to Johannesburg. They had a 7 hour layover, and then flew for 11 hours to their next destination. At that point, they had been up for 24 hours!
Dr. Minson had this message for us: "It was wonderful to travel through South Africa with you. Now, I am looking forward to the launch of our Project- Based Learning initiative on South Africa on November 1st."