Well, let me tell you that Port Elizabeth is deemed by all the locals to be a “small town,” especially in comparison to larger towns such as Durban, Cape Town, or Joburg (Johannesburg). While the city is actuality quite large and spaced out, it does have a “small town” feel to it. A unique thing about Port Elizabeth is its variety of languages. One really cool thing about South Africa is that it has eleven official languages. In Port Elizabeth, there are three of the eleven languages that are most commonly used—English, isiXhosa, and Afrikaans. This means that on any day in any area of Port Elizabeth, you will likely hear an assortment of languages. Being on the NMMU campus is one of the places that you will hear the largest assortment of languages—largely because of the huge array of students, including international students from all over the world.
If the outdoors isn’t your passion, Port Elizabeth has a fair amount of shopping and dining. The Boardwalk is the closest area for shopping, but there is a much wider variety of shopping at the Greenacres Mall and the Walmer Park Mall. If you just need some retail therapy and a movie, these are great places to visit. The Boardwalk and these two malls are also great places to get some great food. Whether you prefer healthy wraps and smoothies, Asian food, Italian cuisine, cafés, or steak houses these shopping can fulfill almost any of your cravings on top of your retail needs. Perhaps you are looking for more traditional South African fair—then the Sunday Flea Market is the perfect place for you! A fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon is meandering through the flea market at King’s Beach looking at the art, wood carvings, metal work, jewelry, and other local goods. Not only is it a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but it also is a great place to purchase souvenirs!
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