Processing the Experience
So the first week of classes is over, and now more than ever, I wish we were back in Cape Town! It has been nice seeing friends and family of course, but the reality of being immersed into this below 0 degree weather does not make transitioning any easier. Plus, there is just so much to do and catch up on! Amongst everything, I find myself thinking about South Africa ALL of the time! I can't get the place off of my mind...this is crazy in a way! It's funny because in a lot of my conversations that I've had this week, I find one way or another to draw parallels to my experience in Cape Town. I often find myself suppressing my thoughts in order to resist talking people's ears off about the trip. On the other hand, when people specifically ask me "How was South Africa", I am almost at a loss for words. All I can say is "It was amazing!" or "It was life changing." My goal is to continue processing everything that we witnessed and experienced in Cape Town and to finally be able to provide people a brief synopsis of what we did.
On another note, I cannot believe that in 3.5 short weeks I fell in love with the place. I truly believe that those were the best 3.5 weeks of my educational career, and one of the best experiences in my life. I definitely was not ready to leave when we did. I miss the people, the atmosphere in the communities, the learning and realizations, the food, the endless natural beauty, and countless other aspects of Cape Town. I can say that the best part of leaving Cape Town was knowing that we were able to have an impact on the people, just as much as they had an impact on us.
It's not goodbye South Africa, it's see you later!