This is my first trip outside of the country and I get to share it with my husband (then fiance). We were fortunate to go with our college for 2 weeks!
I was so excited that I couldnt even go to sleep that night. I guess it wasnt a problem though because we left for Chicago at 3AM and we just slept on the bus. It was so unreal! Im going to AFRICA!!!!!!!!!
We arrived at the airport around 6 or 7AM and 18-20 hours later we were in Cape Town, South Africa! The plane ride was the worst part of the trip because I was so anxious to get there. At least I got to see the sun rise and set in mid air.
The next day we met up with our wonderful tour guide, Dannie and he took us to our hotel. On the way to the hotel we passed some Shanty Towns, which we later visited during our trip.
We got to spend a couple of hours getting in the shower to get ready for our welcoming dinner that night.
It was at the Africa Cafe where we had the experience of sampling foods from all over Africa. It was great! Afterwards we had free time which I hung out with William and friends for a little while and then went to sleep bcause we had to get up at like 6AM the next morning.
Im not sure when we did these things because it was so long ago but we also visted an Apartheid museum in Soweto (this was sometime after we went to Sun City). We couldnt take any pictures but it was a very emotional exhibit.
We also went to the Nelson Mandela Mall in Pretoria, which was across the street from our hotel as well as Nelson Mandela's house which was pretty cool.
Also we went to a nature preserve where they had ostriches, cheetahs and other animals. We rode in an open van and there was this one ostrich that was getting a little too close for comfort. But then we pulled off so it was okay. Then we got chased by cheetahs because it was feeding time. That was kind of scary but really exciting at the same time.
We also visited a school that we donated school supplies to and the students sang us some beautiful songs as they recieved our gifts.
We also visited one of the shanty towns when we were in Cape Town and donated some supplies to them as well. We were supposed to get off of the bus to take a tour into one of the houses (tin shack) but I really didnt want to participate because they had suffered from a fire about a week ago and it was bad enough that we were coming through their town in a huge tour bus. I just didnt want to make them feel like they were being gawked at and on display so me, William and a few others stayed on the bus.
It was so emotional though because these people had nothing compared to what we have in the states. It made me appreciate the little things that I do have.
While in Cape Town we also had a chance to go to our teacher's sister's house where she had an African name ceremony for all of us as well as dinner and conversation with the locals. That experience was amazing because we got a chance to see how they lived and hear the kind of music they listen to as well as see some dances. It was so fun!
We also went to a club where they played some of their music until one of us went to DJ booth and requested some music that we listen to in the US and from then on in was a mixture of the two cultures. It was so fun!
Also we went to a mall in Johannesburg where I tasted some of the best fried Calamari I have ever tasted. I guess its because it was fresh from the ocean! I also had some fries and Tomatie sauce (South African ketchup) with a chocolate milk shake. The fries were delicious but I dont know why I had a milk shake when Im lactose intolerate. I was so sick after that.