Friday Photo: Bo-kaap

Bo-kaap

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Bo-kaap is an area located underneath Lion’s Head. It’s full of beautiful colourful houses, and old mosques. You can see the entire city and Lion’s head was illuminated by the setting sun.

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Bo-kaap is an area that was originally settled by freed slaves who’d been brought to Cape Town by the Dutch East Indian Trading Company. Most of these slaves had been brought over from Southeast Asia. The term Cape Malay refers in part to the fact that many of these slaves came from parts of Malaysia. The first South African mosque was built there in 1794.   The area is home to a large number of traditional Cape Malay restaurants, and still retains a strong Islamic culture. When we were there, you could hear the singing for the evening prayer.

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I am a fourth year student at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. I am participating in the Students for Development Program this year and I will be going to work with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa for six months. I recently came back from Namibia where I lived for 11 weeks through the Namibia Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto. I worked with an organization called Physically Active Youth which is located in Katutura, Namibia near Windhoek. If you are a student interested in getting involved internationally or interested in doing a study abroad project, you should make sure to check out the CIE website: http://cie.utoronto.ca/ Also, if you are a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto make sure to check out the international exchanges available on the faculty website: http://www.physical.utoronto.ca/Undergraduate/Current_Students/International_Experience.aspx

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