During 2010 I toured through Africa. I kept a detailed journal. I plan to share it, this was my first entry.
May 19, 2010
I’m in a hotel room in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s taken over a day and approximately 23 hours of actual flight time to get here. The flight from Phoenix to Minneapolis was fine. From Minneapolis to Amsterdam was torture- crying baby, old guy telling war stories, young guy next to me invading my personal space and no leg room. Flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town was surprisingly enjoyable. I sat next to a young man named Will who is staying in Cape Town for 6 weeks to help arrange micro-loans for women. Also next to a young woman named Desiree who is volunteering with horses, children and rhino tracking in Namibia.
As the plane landed my heart began to beat faster. I have long wanted to travel to Africa, and now I’m finally here. I was so happy as I got off the plane and my feet touched African soil for the first time.
I was picked up by a guy from the gap adventures tour company and brought to the Saasveld Lodge on Kloof Street in Cape Town. It’s night so I haven’t seen much yet. The city seems cool. People drive on the left. The city is extremely excited about the world cup this summer. I won’t be here for it. I’m taking a tour of Robben Island tomorrow. I’m so excited. I need to sleep now.
(at the hotel after incredibly long travel time)