This is my second blog that I have written for class and it will be my first one while I'M IN AFRICA. I'm sure I could be on my third or fourth blog already, but we've been so busy in Capetown and I have been trying to do every possible thing in Capetown that I enjoy!
Like I said, there has been so many things that have gone on while I have been in South Africa that I don't even know where to begin for my blog. I loveeeee that it is summer time here, it has been beautiful the week and a half we have been here. I am burnt like a crisp but having the sun rays beat into my skin everyday feels amazing and any sunburn is worth it. South Africa makes me happy, I haven't been this genuinely happy in a really long time, this is going to make leaving so much harder. It's not just the weather that is making me happy. I am with amazing people that are here to do the same thing that I am. I know that we will all get something different out of this trip, but I guarentee that everyone will grow as a person in some way, shape, or form. The culture and people here are all beautiful too. There are so many different types of people in South Africa and they are slowly learning to all live together in a peaceful state. I aspire for the United States to grow like South Africa. Every South African that I have met so far has been awesome. They are culturally diverse people, they're open and honest, and they all have managed to teach me something about the country or myself. And I am so grateful for all of them.
One thing that I still am working on is time. The difference in how time works from South Africa to the United States. I am so used to having a watch on or being able to check my cellphone for the time whenever I would like. There is almost a clock in every room in my house or apartment and I am used to being on time or being early. Being on time is normally considered being late. I am a very relaxed and peaceful person, but time is a huge thing in my life. And it has been hard, especially at restaurants because it takes so long to get our drinks, food, and bill. I just have to learn and remember that time here is a cultural difference and to be patient. Patience is key in this country and if I get that down, I should be able to intergrate into the culture more.