I cannot believe that in just 9 short days, we will be departing the ever so familiar soil of the United States and heading to South Africa! I don't think I can even put into words all of the thoughts, hopes, and expectations that I have in my head right now. There is so much to be excited for and nervous about at the same time.
First, let me be real......the flight! This flight is about to take forever!! Frankly, I've never been a huge fan of airplanes. Usually when I travel, I travel alone so I've gotten used to flying 3-4 hour flights by myself....but 18 hours in the air?!? No human should have to stay in the sky that long..lol. BUT at least I'll be with twenty-something other people that are going to the same destination.
Besides the flight, I am expecting so many good things to come out of this trip to Cape Town! I have heard stories upon stories from past participants who have all deemed it a life changing experience. I am excited and anxious to learn about the rich history of South Africa and SEE the effects of that history with my own eyes. I anticipate this experience being a powerful and eye opening one. I am ready to try new things, since being out of our comfort zone is no less guaranteed.....new foods, new experiences, and new people. I am expecting moments of joy and moments of heartbreak. Being immersed in a country that I've never had any experience in makes me nervous, but essentially this is something that I want! I hope that the challenges as well as the positive experiences foster personal growth. I am a firm believer that here's ALWAYS more to learn about yourself. I also am excited to build relationships with the people on the trip as well as the people we meet in the city. As I mentioned, my thoughts, hopes, and expectations are endless at this point. I cannot wait! Cape Town, here we come! :)