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Women's Squash Co-Captain Blogs About Final Day In South African Adventure
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 11/06/2012

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Our last day: Casey Cortes ’13 (co-captain)

Our last day in South Africa was no less exciting than the rest. Our first stop was in Cape Town’s wine country, at Fairview Wine & Cheese. Established in 1693, this vineyard is celebrated not only for its rich history and amazing wines and cheeses, but also for being the first carbon-neutral winery in Africa! We happily tasted some delicious Brie, cream cheese, blue cheese, and goat cheese as well as Ega, a bright red drink made from red and white grape juice, pomegranate, and rooibos.

After stocking up on plenty of treats from Fairview’s specialty foods shop, we headed to Boschendal, a winery established in 1685, where we toured the estate and had a beautiful picnic lunch. Our last destination was Huguenot Chocolates in Franschhoek, a small producer of Belgian chocolate. We loved learning about the fascinating history of chocolate, seeing a live demonstration of the chocolate-making process from start to finish, and sampling many of their unique, handcrafted chocolates. After our week of early-morning bus rides, all-day excursions, and close squash matches, chocolate tasting was a satisfying finale to our time in Africa.

We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to experience everything Cape Town has to offer. We would especially like to thank Western Province Cricket Club (Mark Allen, head pro) and Fishhoek Squash Club (head pro Rodney Durback) for welcoming us into their facilities and providing some great match play for us. Many thanks to Jeremy, Chris, Jeff, Cledwin, and a special thanks to our excellent Transport Engineer Eaton and all at Zag Sports Team for organizing our trip and making sure our time in Cape Town went smoothly. We cannot forget to thank our amazing sport information person Craig Sachson who helped keep you all informed on our trip over the course of the week (in spite of Sandy’s fury).

Above all, we are incredibly grateful towards Richard Hankinson (our volunteer assistant), Kathy Rohrer (our most special Faculty Fellow) and our coach Gail Ramsay, for all of the time and effort they put into leading our team through this experience.

Finally, we can not forget to send our thanks to the Friends of Princeton Squash for all the support they have provided to our program over the years and specially the contributions that have gone into making this incredible adventure possible and so special. We look forward to your continued generous support and we hope to share many exciting results with you this season!

This trip was the perfect start to what will be a truly memorable season. Though we already miss Cape Town’s gorgeous scenery, our tour guide’s passionate personal stories, and the excitement of exploring a completely different part of the world, we arrived home energized and motivated to make this squash season the best one yet. We're lucky to have gotten out of New Jersey before Sandy blew through and our hearts go out to all those affected by the hurricane's destruction. We are glad to be home!!! GO Tigers!!!!

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