The most interesting activity we did today was visiting Jennifer Eaves’ home to listen to her sing her music. I thought it was intriguing to hear about her perspective on Apartheid, and I really admired her feelings about being an artist and knowing your creative process. Visiting her and hearing her music – especially her song “Story Teller” – was definitely a great moment for me because that was a song she wrote that had a lot to do with Apartheid and the President of South Africa. Hearing that song made me think about another way South Africans may choose to memorialize certain parts of their history: through artistry, whether it be painting, singing, writing, etc. Her decision to create stories through music made it clear that memories don’t always have to be mass-produced – individual people who lived through certain historical experiences have the ability to commemorate or memorialize certain people, places, or events through their own unique perspective. I think that it’s just as important to look at individual experiences/perspectives as it is to go to museums to learn more generally about historical events.
The other activity that we participated in today was seeing and swimming with the penguins, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I’ve always been very hesitant to swim with any wild animals, but I was pleasantly surprised by the way everything was set up. I was under the impression that we would have to actually swim with the penguins, but the penguins were more so coexisting with the people on the sand and in the water as opposed to really getting super close. So I felt like that was definitely a great experience that I never thought I would have the chance to do or actually end up liking.