Author Archives: Samuel Harbourt

About Samuel Harbourt

From Baton Rouge, Lousiana, Sam Harbourt is excited to study for a semester at the University of Cape Town. Sam is a junior in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy. Additionally, he is pursuing a certificate in International Development. Economic development and poverty alleviation across the developing world is the focus of Sam's academic studies and one of the issues about which he is most passionate. In Cape Town, Sam will be pursuing a service learning course, in which he'll observe and participate in development efforts first-hand. At Georgetown, Sam has written for both The Hoya and The Global Analyst, a new undergraduate journal. He has completed two internships on Capitol Hill and recently served as a field intern for the Obama campaign in Arlington, VA.

Sam Conquers a Continent, Trip Number Two. Intro and Malawi: The Chinese are Here, and So is Madonna.

So I’ve been traveling a bit. Over nearly two weeks, I traveled across three countries, different in culture, history, language, landscape, and socioeconomic development.  (I know this blog has been a long time coming– I made this trip in early … Continue reading

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Everyday Cape Town: Why I Love My Life

I realized that my blogs so far have all focused on big events, mainly trips.  But what about Cape Town itself? What do I do on a typical day? Where do I live? What other cool things have I done … Continue reading

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A Weekend in Oceaview: We Are Not Coloured. We Were Labeled as Coloured.

A couple of weeks ago (I know, I know…I’m slow on getting these out), all of the 140 or so students in my program spent a weekend living with families at a coloured township called Oceanview.  As you might remember, … Continue reading

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Watch Me Do Something Insane: Video of My Bungy Jump

Last weekend, my friends and I toured the Garden Route, a beautiful drive through several towns, forests, and beaches along South Africa’s southern, Indian Ocean coast. It was a blast, and I can’t wait to write all about it.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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The Election Approaches: I Get Nervous When People Shout “Comrades”

With a presidential and parliamentary election approaching in South Africa, I’m definitely in my element.  Anyone that knows me also knows that politics is my thing.  But South African politics is a whole new world for me.  So far, I’ve … Continue reading

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The Trip, Part Two: Slumdog Trillionaire?

Note: As a lover of history, getting the chance to see Great Zimbabwe was amazing.  However, given the current unstable political situation in Zimbabwe, traveling there requires careful planning and extreme caution.  Looking back on it, I regret that I … Continue reading

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The Trip, Part One: Welcome to Livingstone!

I arrived safely back in Cape Town on Thursday after an amazing, crazy week traveling throughout Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. To see a map of our journey, go to my pictures blog: http://samincapetown.blogspot.com/ Our trip, as originally planned, focused upon … Continue reading

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So Culture Shock Is Real: In Two Acts

After an amazing week having not a single bad run-in with South Africans, I had been beginning to question the repetitive fuss over culture shock.  In fact, I think if I had been asked to sit through another lecture on … Continue reading

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Wow

So the first rule to writing a good blog post– at least as I see it– is to come up with some sort of unifying theme that elevates anecdotes to an interesting level for readers. Well, for now, I’m going … Continue reading

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South Africa: What Do I Really Know?

Over the past month, I’ve been doing a bit of homework to prepare for my semester in Cape Town. Of course, the pervasive laziness of breaks from school has held me back from my original ambition, that is, to read … Continue reading

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