Official announcement and blog post here.
It is always a pleasure meeting like minded people. Two weeks ago I was fortunate to be named a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, as well as meet other amazing alumni students and professionals. You never know where life might take you, but enjoy the ride. I am passionate about science and promoting more inclusion in minority communities. I am also passionate about traveling and learning more about new cultures (and really learning how similar we all are). Fulbright has allowed for not only the advancement of my professional works, but also the advancement of learning more about African culture and communities. It has been a wonderful and impactful experience. I hope to pass on the torch to the next set of Fulbright fellows. Apply, apply, apply!! You too can be a #Fulbright-er!!
Official announcement and blog post here.
I was awarded the opportunity to become a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador and will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this week to fully understand what this means (besides glory and honor). As I start to think over my experiences, these are some of my most found memories. I am missing tons of pictures (especially from Winnie and Paul), but this is what I have before I get on my flight. What a wonderful opportunity I was afforded to do research in the most beautiful country in the world, with the most amazingly diverse landscapes, people, food and culture. Wow! Now I get to travel and encourage other students to join me in this Fulbright journey to research, study, teach, create and foster mutual understandings between the U.S. and other countries.
In my search for free Wi-Fi I have found that good coffee is no stranger to South Africa. I would even go as far to say that they have better coffee selections, presentation and overall atmosphere than in the States (yes it is true!). It is something to sit and enjoy a great cup of joe that is not sugared up, watered down or burnt. Coffee is served here as art and the ingredients are often local. Enough of my high praises, here is my list plus extras.
No. 1 Field Office – Mowbray
Come for the red latte’s and stay for the kind people and chill atmosphere.
No. 2 Origin Coffee Roasting – De Waterkant
Some would say ‘hipster’ and I just call it cool vibes. It has a stem punk feel and good cups of joe.
No. 3 Hello Sailor – Observatory
This cute place is often a meeting spot of many Americans. It has great service and is next to many restaurants if you are feeling up for an adventure.
TriBakery – Claremont
It is in a mall, but I still like the quite set up. The coffee and breakfast is superb. You must try the french toast croissant, a-ma-zing!
Perfect Place – Wellington
If you are in wine country and need to start the day off right, try the perfect place! It is a cute ma and pop, knick knack shop with great coffee and food.
Tribe Coffee – Woodstock
Solid coffee, period.
Similar to the Starbucks chains:
Vida e Caffé – Many locations
Less sugary than Starbucks, which is good. It has your basics and some great tea and lemonade drinks, just in time for summer. My only problem with Vida is that Wi-Fi is limited to 50 MB per day.
Mugg & Bean – Many locations
Like you Starbucks, but less sugary and no thrills. Standard, good coffee.
This was just a lovely day! We whale watched in the morning and wine tasted in the evening. What more could you ask for?!! I want to thank @WinnieSambu for organizing such a perfect trip.
#PerfectDay #WhaleCrierofHermanus #Whalebehaviorexperts
It was worth the half day hike to get to the top!! #stunningviews #rockclimbing #hikinginthefog
‘Boomslang’ Tree Canopy Walkway @KirstenboschNBG #stunningview #areyouafraidofheights
There are many reasons to go to the garden, but here is one more:
Check out this summer's concert series here: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/summer-concerts
I will never forget my first time arriving in South Africa in May 2015. At midnight, we sleepily walked off the plane, got through home affairs, retrieved our luggage, and we finally made it to the ‘Mother City’ (Cape Town, South Africa). The sign that greets you makes you feel at home, even if this is your first time in Cape Town. It makes you feel welcomed in this foreign land. With a two day journey to get to South Africa, my favorite part is seeing this sign. Now, since my research is based here I get to see this sign at least once a year and am very thankful to get this welcoming opportunity. Nothing beats a reunion to the land where we all come from.
Hi, I'm Tanisha-- a lover of travel, culture, science (botany), Toby the polydactyl cat, Chariot the two legged cat, Caleb the sweet dog, watching instructional YouTube videos and vegetarian foods. I am from Washington, DC, and thus have a love of politics as well. I've studied environmental science and some science policy in Pennsylvania, California and South America. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Connecticut. I have recently returned from my #Fulbright year abroad. Follow along with me as I share memories from South Africa, and discover botany, life, good food, and other experiences with a view!