I’ve officially made it to Cape Town, South Africa! It was a long 32 hour trek but I’m here — and it’s absolutely incredible!!
Apologies for not posting in quite some time but the days leading up to my departure were crazy. In short, I was running to the airport at 8 p.m. Wednesday night (granted my flight wasn’t until 11:30), thinking that I was going to be waiting in line at the international terminal forever like the continuous email warnings kept threatening I would, but all went well and I was sitting in my terminal by 10:30. I was freaking out about the fact that I was about to embark on two days worth of travel when the longest flight I’ve ever been on was the retched 6.5 hour flight to Maui a few years ago when the head winds were brutal – not that I’m still bitter about it – but it actually went quite smoothly. On my three flights, Ireland to Ethiopia to Cape Town, I met the nicest three people. I watched Love and Other Drugs (a new favorite), War Dogs, and an episode of Bones, I ate seven different meals (constantly being woken up by the flight attendants because I told them that even if I was asleep, I wanted the meal), and I explored the Addis Ababa airport while watching the beautiful sunrise. It was a long day and a half, but it was not nearly as bad as I had been anticipating.
So here I am! Currently sitting in my living room in my cute suburban home with my ten housemates. I arrived Friday at 2 p.m. and have thus far gone to a braai, met my fellow ‘study abroad mates’, went to Old Biscuit Mill, hiked Lions Head, and went to Camps Bay Beach. The braai was everything I hoped for. Basically, you buy meat and bring some beer to the set location and have a big barbecue party – sounds odd, tasted great and was so much fun – we are hosting our own braai tonight! Old Biscuit Mill is a Saturday ‘flea market’ type of outing – people sell amazing food, super neat trinkets and fancier clothing/shoes – I plan on going every week. Also, my accommodations are insane! I have a cute attic room with slanted ceilings and two large window panels that let the beautiful morning light in, and if you know me at all, you know I love my windows. It’s a single room upstairs in the main house (I’ll post a picture of it soon) and I’m in love with it. Last night as I was laying down for bed, I was able to see the stars through the windrow directly above my bed and it was so lovely. My house is huge and the people in it are amazing – I’ve known them for 48 hours and it feels like I’ve known them for ages.
Needless to say, it was a journey getting here but I already love this place. I’m so excited to experience this beautiful country and meet the beautiful people, I have already learned and seen so much that I didn’t know existed. This place is surreal.