Cederberg and the Rocklands

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This weekend Daniel and I went to Cederberg, which is about a 3 hour drive from Cape Town. It was a get-away without any mobile reception with a focus on beautiful nature and stars. The area is know for excellent hiking, rock climbing and the biggest concentration of San Rock Art in South Africa. We had the pleasure of staying at Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm located at the edge of the Cederberg Wilderness. Cederberg is actually know as one of the words greatest bouldering sites, so we had to try it. with its unique rock formations.

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Daniel bouldering


Me bouldering


We had an amazing stay at the Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm


Daniel explaining the historic facts about the san-art rock paintings


Women dancing

IMG_1155Daniel and our car.


Returning to the mother city


Old and New Friends

IMG_1036 2Me, Mr.Mark and Daniel in Khayelitsha

IMG_1149 2Me, Lutho, Thabiso and Daniel

An amazing part of being in Cape Town has been to get to know new people and to meet old friends. First out is the staff at MusicWorks, what a fascinating group of people who are empowering youth in different areas in the Cape Flats. In the picture above is Mark, a man who has taught us a lot about meeting and engaging youth. We have also been working with Lytho, Thabiso and Zuai. We have also been allowed to learn from the Community Musicians and Community Music Therapists like Carol and Sunelle.


Me, Carol, Sunelle and Daniel

Another big highlight for me has been meeting people from when I lived in Cape Town last time. This has been different people working at the schools and my two supervisors Hugo and Sayeeda. It has also been meeting Sam and Lucy, the parents of a good friend of mine. Sam was my former psychology teacher at High School.


Me and Hugo


Me, Daniel, Lucy and Sam

We have also gotten to know people outside MusicWorks. We have had the pleasure of going to concerts and dancing Salsa with Siri, Candice and Stephanie. Which has been a lot of fun. We were also invited by Candice to do a concert at a brewery in Somerset West, which was an amazing experience.


Me, Siri, Candice, Daniel and Stephanie.


Jofred- the duo

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Driving home from work

Music Therapy and Cape Town

IMG_0876.jpgDaniel and I have moved to Cape Town in the end of February to do a 4 week placement in Community Music Therapy with the organization MusicWorks. MusicWorks is a Non-Profit Organisation that uses the power of music to unlock potential in the lives of children and communities. They offer interventions for children and young people, partnering with the communities in Cape Town´s marginalised neighbourhoods.

IMG_0663.jpgRonelle, Annelet, Nasamu, Daniel, I, Kalli and Sunelle

On thursday we just finished a 10 day project together with students from the University of Pretoria where we have learnt about Community Music Therapy through interventions with educators at schools.

IMG_0868.jpgKalli, Nasamu and I

I have spent time running along Sea Point, visiting Kirstenbosch´s Summer sunset concert and hiking Lions Head.


People running along Sea Point


Summer Sunset concerts in Kirstenbosch with Nsamu

IMG_0679.jpgHiking Lions Head

Thank you, Cape Town!

Then my stay in Cape Town comes to an end, and I am very thankful for these 5 months down under together with Yasmin, Vlora, Stine, Henrik, Bjørn, Maria, Martine, Atla and Kristiane. Leaving Cape Town is bitter-sweet in that I am looking forward to seeing family but that it is also painful leaving behind people I have gotten to know and the places that are familiar.

We have had so many great cappuccinos at a lot of different Cafe´s. Skinny legs, Dinkel Bakery, Yours truly, Power and glory ++ This has been really nice, especially just after work. Lately as the water has gotten warmer it has also been fabulous going straight to the beach after work, visiting Clifton and Camps Bay.

We have also made local friends: Kim and Hilton working as secretaries at at some of the schools we have worked at. David, Justin and Lauren which are cousins of a good friend of mine in Norway. Simba and Tandi which we met some of the first days in the country. Yoland that we met at a cafe, and has introduced us to all the great salsa events. Through the connect group in the Hillsong Church Maria and I have also made a lot of good friends, which really has meant a lot. However work has also been hectic, just recently right before Christmas there was a shooting and killing right by one of the school we worked at, as a result of war between gangs. This is also a part of living and working in Cape Town, something that effects both learners, teachers and  us as therapists.

So when flying out of Cape Town I do somehow feel changed from when I flew down. My perspectives has somehow shifted, opening both my eyes and heart to another country and people, I hope to be back sometime in the future!


We had multiple journeys up and down Lions head. The last weeks I went up every morning.


Wild flowers on the way to Table Mountain


Our supervisor Hugo


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Me, Simba, Maria, Tandi and Atla


Our great supervisor Sayeeda


Playing the Cape Town song at Connect


Cecil, Johanna, Hilda, Sonja, Me, Maria and Claire


Me, Ms. Parker and Yasmin


Mrs. Kalifa, Ms. Gaffor, Yasmin and Celist


One of our many cafe visits



Yasmin, Vlora, Kristiane, Stine, Martine, Me, Bjørn og Maria

The Historic Cape Town

One of the reasons that I wanted to move to Cape Town was that I have always been fascinated by Nelson Mandela and interested in the history of South Africa. The history of a nation always functions as a backdrop to understanding the here and now and it is therefore important also for our internships here. In the start of our stay we visited the Robben Island Museum, District Six Museum and the Bo-Kaap .

Robben Island is located about 15 km from Sea Point and Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here for 18 of the 27 years he served. Robben is Afrikans and means seal, so the name means ” Seal Island.” It is in the hallways of Robben Island that the South African democracy was born, which makes it a special place to visit. To date, three of the former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and current President Jacob Zuma.

During apartheid many areas in the city were forcefully removed and declared White-Only areas and one of these areas where District Six. District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. The the District Six Museum opened in 1994 came into being. It serves as a remembrance to the events of the apartheid era as well as the culture and history of the area before the removals.

The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area. Jan Van Riebeeck ( 1619-1667) was a dutch administrator and colonizer and his hedge is located in the Kirstenbosch Gardens and is know to be the start of apartheid.


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On the way back from the island


Our guide at Robben Island – a former political prisoner


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A cell at Robben Island


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The District Six Museum


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Maria in Kirstenbosch

Skydiving, Kirstenbosch and Durban




Free-falling from 3000 meters over Cape Town, this was me and Bjørn last week. 35 seconds of free-fall then a slow flight over this beautiful city. Table mountain and Lions head looked quite nice from up in the sky, it was an intense experience.

Otherwise we have had the pleasure of attending two of the Summer Sunset Concerts in Kirstenbosch. It is great during sunny afternoons on the slopes of Table Mountain, with the best music South Africa has to offer.The first was with the South African band called Beatenberg, which is worth checking out. The second time it was with the Parlotones.

Also earlier this year we had a wonderful trip to Durban. Together with Henrik, Bjørn, Kristiane, Vlora, Yasmin and Stine, I went to Durban. Here we spent time seeing the beaches and the Great White Shark, we went out with a boat and saw the shark nets that have been put up to protect from shark attacks. Kristiane and I also visited an exhibition and that related to AIDS and stigma. South Africa is believed to be the country in the world that has the most people with HIV/AIDS, and it is therefore a major health concern.


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After the jump


In the air


The plane was rather small


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Maria, Bjørn, Atla, Yasmin and I


Boats checking the shark nets in Durban


Me, Henrik, Kristiane and Bjørn


Botanical garden


This is worth checking out!


Morning sun and shark chasing

Stars and the Sutherlands


The moon seen through a telescope

This weekend Bjørn, Henrik, Vlora, Stine, Yasmin and I travelled to the Sutherlands in the Northern Cape. The main goal of our visit was to see the observatory that houses the largest single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere (South African Large Telescope – SALT). It consists of a primary, hexagonal mirror 11 metres wide made up of 91 individual hexagonal mirrors, each one metre wide and weighing about 100kg.

Then the highlight of the trip turned out to be Jurg´s stargazing experience, at his privately owned and managed establishment. The show started at 20:00 and we started out viewing different stars and groups of stars. Afterwards we were treated with an indoor presentation on a three meter big screen on explaining the constellations and sizes of the universe. Jung made use of a very powerful laser to help us see the different stars, constellations and planets.


The observatory consists of many telescopes


The biggest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere


Stine inside the telescope


Eating the Karoo-Lamb


Beautiful weather


The Church in Sutherlands


Group photo


The biggest telescope