Leaving summertime in beautiful South Africa, and coming home to the dead of winter in Detroit was quite a shock in itself. The days are much shorter, and I still can’t accept how cold it is! I miss that South African summer sunshine more than anything, and I am holding on to my summer glow with everything I’ve got. It is very nice to come home to my wonderful family for the holiday season, but the consumer madness of the states during this time is quite different from the attitude in Cape Town. Upon meeting up with old friends, the topic of conversation often steered to surround the question, “What did you guys ask for?” Which contrasted greatly with the people of Egoli that I surrounded myself with the past few months, who would never think to ask such a question, and were always so unconditionally grateful for everything that they already had.
Aside from that, most of my time at home has been consumed with brainstorming the fastest way I can possibly get myself back to Cape Town. I miss it so much already, and can definitely see a future in the Mother City to follow my graduation from UVM in May.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Jules Ashe is Senior at the University of Vermont majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Women's and Gender Studies. Her passions include traveling, cooking, music, photography, and making new connections and relationships with people all over the world. She is very excited to live beside both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean in Cape Town, and be surrounded by a range of beautiful mountains. Mostly though, she cannot wait to take many new pictures and share them with everyone back home!</span></p>