26 June 2012

{Stellenbosch}: A Photo Essay


My long-term love affair with Stellenbosch is no secret and some of you may vaguely recall seeing past posts on the blog dedicated to this stunning little town nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands {see here and here}.  You see, Stellenbosch just so happens to be where I had the pleasure of living during my first year and a half in South Africa, where Jurgen and I first met, where we started dating, where I held my first waitressing job, where I started learning Afrikaans, where I studied abroad for two semesters of my undergrad career... and the list could go on and on.  As you may imagine, I am just about as sentimental as one can get about this picturesque little student's town and every time I return for a visit I seem to fall in love with it all over again.  

As I walk down the main street {the one with all the huge trees, pictured above}, or step foot onto the University's campus {also pictured above}, or admire all of the old Cape Dutch architecture, I always get that nostalgic feeling that sends chills up your spine and tells you that you are really and truly returning to a place that once was home, and always will be home.  

I simply love this place.

{Note: these photos were taken last month when I flew to the Cape to meet up with my {American} ex-roommates and very dear friends that studied abroad with me in Stellenbosch in 2008.  It was such a great weekend.  Fortunately for me, I will be heading back to good old "Stellies" for a week in July to attend a conference.  I can't wait!  Definitely lots more photos and good times to come!}

13 comments:

  1. yay! I'm happy you get to go back so soon! I have places like this in my life. I love them :)

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  2. So so cool. The clothes line pic is my fave :) you'll always have a place in your heart for this beautiful town, because you met your guy there. So cute :)

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  3. Stellenbosch is such a great little town - lucky you for getting to study there!

    Joe & I both get fairly nostalgic walking through our old University too - a place of such great change for us and what we both regard as some of the best times of our life!

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  4. What an amazing place to have gone to school - no wonder you haven't left SA yet!

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  5. i love love that picture of the hanging laundry!

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  6. so many firsts for you in this town!! and special memories - i can see why you like it so much! and the hanging clothes - is that for real?! SO cool!

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  7. I just died a little bit looking at these photos. I miss it so much!

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  8. Wow. Absolutely stunning pictures!!!! You make me want to travel!!

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  9. I love Stellenbosch wine and I had no idea that it came from a place so stunning! It's really pretty :)

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  10. These photos are completely gorgeous! Looks like a stunning place. Following you!

    Jess

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  11. Your photos just keep getting better and better Jenna, great job! That looks like a gorgeous town, I really know how you feel, I have a few places that I always get really nostalgic when I visit, some places really have memories integrated in them. Lovely to go back and remember good times though!

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