I’ve been so focused on all the little trips here and there we’ve been taking, I haven’t really said a whole lot about Stellenbosch yet! The campus of SU is absolutely beautiful. All of the streets and buildings are lined with a wide assortment of trees and flowers, and . The architecture is old fashioned and lovely, but very well maintained. Being mostly focused on the university, the town of Stellenbosch isn’t terribly big, and has the nice sense of a college town. There are lots of restaurants and a few places to shop here and there. There are several bars and pubs spread out, and some places with live music too. It’s no Cape Town, but we haven’t had a hard time finding ways to stay occupied.
|Overlooking the library and a few classrooms|
|Flowers on Bosman Street|
|Academia at night- Stellenbosch Mountain in the background|
|And all the cars are tiny!|
It’s a really interesting dynamic, the accents sound like a mixture of Australian and English, and the style is very European. Everyone dresses very fashionable and always looks far too put together for an 8 am class. Also, Stellenbosch has a ‘shoes are optional’ attitude and everywhere you go there are always numerous people totally barefoot (including the grocery store, class, out to dinner, etc.) And the number one hairstyle? I kid you not, the mullet. Apparently once South Africans move away from home it is seen as a rebellious gesture to keep it short in the front but grow the back out. Many guys seem to think that a moustache compliments a mullet too, so interestingly enough that look is everywhere. Nice.