I was excited to come back to my family and friends and tell them about the amazing time I had in South Africa. I wanted to tell everybody how life changing it was and how it was the best journey of my life so far. As everyone else it was hard coming back because I personally haven't collected all my thoughts about the trip yet. There was so much that we did and so much that i've learned that I had to give people the short answers to how this trip was. What I said to most people so far was that it was an amazing trip that I learned a lot from. I know it will take some time to figure out what I really want to say about everything on the trip. I just need to collect the ideas that I want to tell people. On top of that my friends aren't understanding that its going to take some time for me to adjust to the time zone because I do get very tired around 9ish. I also feel that when I tell people they don't really know how to react back but say, "Wow I'm glad you had a great time." See the thing is it wasn't just great it was the most amazing trip I have every been on before.
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I love working at Delft and with the Africa Tikkun staff. I was amazed at the group dynamics of the staff because they were all so close. They were like a huge family working to better their community. It really made me think how effective a program can be if all the workers and staff are connected on some level of having a sense of family. On top of that they did some awesome work like making us feel totally confortable by joking with each other and also playing around with one another. I will truly miss this group of wonderful staff members.
Capetown has definitively changed my perspective about my world view. I learned so much about what force removal can do to a certain community. To put myself in the shoes of the people who lived in district 6 was emotionally hard because they had their homes and history of community stripped from them. This stuff happens here too in our community here in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An example would be the construction of 94 people because people's homes were actually lifted up and moved. This really made me think about how our worlds are similar and the only thing different is that their in Africa and we are in America. The ideas of government are still similar to me in my perspective. I will defiantly think twice about everything and also question the truth because across the ocean people there are still dealing with the same problems its just that they have worked more with the people other then setting laws to help the people.
Today was the day that I had to pack. I have been planing to back today because I thought it was going to be fast and easy. Little did I know I had to wash all my clothes then select the ones I wanted to pack for the trip. Then I had to go figure out the things that I needed like an electric outlet adapter. On top of that my buddies were trying to hang out before I left on this trip, but I couldn't because I left my packing to do on the last day before the trip. I didn't know it was such a pain to pack things up for an awesome trip. I guess I should of packed little by little. It would of saved me the stress of rushing to find things that i wanted or needed.