On Wednesday, June 22, members of Stetson University Executive MBA’s Cohort 8 travelled to Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa. It is regularly heralded as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Their arrival coincides with that of First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, who landed on the Cape on their South Africa journey from the United States.
The weather has been inhospitable, but the South Africans have not. The people in Cape Town have been charming and welcoming to the students. “We can see why this is the country’s No. 1 tourist destination,” said Wendy Lowe, program coordinator. The students checked into their hotel, located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront district.
With a few hours of free time, several members of the cohort went to the Greenmarket Square, a lively flea market surrounded by coffee shops and cafes, a must for local wares. They found the area to be an interesting cultural crossroad, with a lively atmosphere and amazing architecture. Jacob Walters said he enjoyed negotiating with local vendors to get the best price for his souvenirs. Juliana Trujillo found impressive African animal carvings and equally enjoyed the bargaining system, paying less than half the original asking price. “I wish shopping was like this in the U.S.,” said Trujillo.
Torrance Johnson was fortunate enough to spot First Lady Michelle Obama’s motorcade during his spare time. Mrs. Obama visited the District Six Museum while she was in town.
In the evening, the cohort planned to celebrate student Raul Herrera’s birthday at Balthazar, the largest wine bar in the world with more than 600 wine selections. Herrera received this recommendation from one of his wine suppliers where he works, at Disney’s Jiko in Animal Kingdom Lodge. Balthazar boasts the biggest wine-by-the-glass bar in the world as well as fine foods, and the students thought it would be the perfect spot to celebrate this wine connoisseur’s birthday.
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