I have been so lucky to have had the opportunity to explore South Africa way beyond the city limits of Cape Town, so navigating the Cape Town airport has become just as easy as Denver International and it has also become a gateway to and from ‘home’. However, yesterday when I touched down from Port Elizabeth with my family my heart felt heavy because I knew this time I wasn’t coming home, but rather staying at another country home for our final night outside the city. As I looked out over the twinkling lights of the city as the sun glowed behind Table Mountain it saddened me to realize I was leaving, but as I reflected on all my experiences, the ups and the downs, I couldn’t help but smile because I have so loved immersing myself into the diverse culture, beautiful scenery, endless adventure, and rich history of South Africa the past four months. It truly has been an unforgettable experience and one the has helped me to grow into a person I am proud to be. I think of the mixed emotions of anxiety and excitement I felt when I first walked out of the Cape Town airport and am glad that in ways I couldn’t have even imagined I will be walking back for the final time this trip a more confident and experienced traveller and individual.
This experience would never have been possible with out my family and friends, old and new, or the Lumos Foundation so my sincerest thanks goes out to you all!
Now to pack and begin the long journey back to Colorado and adjusting to life back stateside in light of my recent experience. As the main man says:
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela