Junior midfielder Kirsten Goldberg reports on an amazing experience in South Africa where she has worked at a children's hospital, shadowing surgeons and interacting with patients.
Throughout the fall term, Dartmouth women's lacrosse players will be sending in updates from their travels around the globe. Team members are currently studying, interning and volunteering abroad in a variety of countries thanks to the flexibility provided by the College's four-quarter Dartmouth-Plan system. Each student-athlete will provide at least one blog entry about her experiences.
Kirsten Goldberg (Cockeysville, Md.) • JR, M
Cape Town, South Africa • Hospital Internship
What a weekend we have had in South Africa! We took full advantage of all that the Garden Route, a scenic tour along the Western and Eastern Cape, has to offer, beginning with a 4:30 a.m. departure bright and early on Friday morning. We spent the ensuing days exploring Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, and Tsitsikamma. We trekked through a number of the South African National Parks, including the first section of the infamous Otter Trail, a 42.5 Km trail following the shoreline of South Africa. Here is a snapshot of the three of us in front of a waterfall along the trail. Unfortunately the
picture does not do it justice because it does not portray the fact that the waterfall flooded into the Indian Ocean.
Next we made an attempt to ride ostriches, however many of the rides were short-lived as we fell off rather quickly. Here is a great shot of Plumby holding on for her life! After we visited the ostriches, we headed down the road to Cango Wild Life Ranch, where we cuddled with cheetah cubs, and saw a variety of wildlife. Finally, we ended the day climbing through the Cango Caves, a national monument that housed Bushman during the Early Stone Age. During our entire journey we did not let a second go by without thinking about the Bungee Jump from Boulkans Bridge, famed to be the highest jump in the world at 216 meters, that we planned to do on the last day of our trip. The three of us spent countless hours contemplating everything that could possibly go wrong and lead us to a premature death, yet we all made it in one piece. It was an amazing experience, and I found myself laughing the entire time.
Here is a picture of me mid-jump. That's all for now!