When first arriving here I noticed all the differences between my life back in Kentucky and what my life would soon become. Everything was different, I was not acclimated to the weather and I barely knew anyone. I was in a new city on a different continent where customs, socials norms and especially language differ. Needless to say, this just wasn’t home, but my excitement and sense of adventure kicked in. Little by little it has started to feel like home to me thanks to some of the most amazing people I’ve met that who have opened their homes and hearts to me.
To Lindela and Khanyiswa: It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you these past two months. You are both such an inspiration and an absolute joy to be around. Thank you for showing me around these past 2 months and for teaching me some Xhosa! Thank you especially for not only being great supervisors but also becoming good friends.
To The Odendaal’s: A truly loving family. Thank you for absolutely everything you’ve done for us. You’re always there when we need an excellent dinner filled with great conversation. You have been nothing but generous and welcomed us in as your own. Thank you for the wonderful weekend in Hermanus!
To Observatory: A new and trendy area filled with good food, nice people and a relaxing atmosphere.
To Charlie: The first taxi driver to hold a conversation with us, let us know where the hot spots to go are and always gave us a good laugh.
To Marvel: A true touch of home. This little club on Long St provided me with the same atmosphere and hip hop culture that I am accustomed to at home. “All I need is a beat that super bumping.”
To the townships (Gugulethu, Philipi and Khayelitsha): For breaking the negative stereotypes that come along with townships. Not once have I experience any unpleasant thing while visiting these areas. Everyone has been nothing but hospitable and friendly towards me, also I’ve never felt personally, scared threaten or attacked.
To my housemates: When we started this experience we all barely knew each other, and throughout these past 2 months we have grown to become almost family.
The hospitality of this place by far surpasses any that I’ve ever personally witnessed. If it wasn’t for these people and places, South Africa would have become that one place that I interned at that one time.