Wow, its been a while.
Mom's time spent in Cape Town was absolutely wonderful. Hence, the lack of posts during the past few weeks. Last time I updated I wrote about how much I missed seeing people from hope, so much so that seeing her, and getting to share my new home with my mom brought me to tears.
During her time in S'Africa, we basically did every touristy thing possible. I'm not going to rehash it all, but we definitely covered everything that Cape Town, and S'Africa has to offer. I was even impressed that she found a decent safari that we could do just 2 hours outside the city. Of course, it was very different than my trip through Southern Africa, in true wilderness, but nonetheless, I took it as a chance to get some great photos of animals up close. :)
Now that she's been back home for a few days, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. Part of me is relieved that she made it through her trip without getting mugged, injured, etc. Its nice to know that she's safely back in the states with a healing wrist and good memories of this country.
As for me, I only have 7 more days of school. Hmmmmmm. Not sure how that makes me feel. Of course, I have a 3 week exam period to follow that, but in total that means my time in Cape Town has dwindled to a mere 36 days. Wow. Have I done enough?
I'm starting to worry that I haven't achieved what I came here to do. Of course I recognize that I have made leaps and bounds towards becoming a more humble and appreciative person...something my mom recognized during her visit. But I also feel as though there is still more I could be doing. But what? How do you complete a life-changing experience? Is there even a way to tie up all the loose ends I have here in Cape Town so that I feel whole and satisfied when I leave?
I'll have to get back to you on that one.
More than anything, as expected, I am just shocked at how quickly my time here went by. Currently, I have an odd feeling of exhaustion, from this city, and my African experience as a whole, paired with a sense of rejuvenation about life, and my future. I'm quite afraid to return to the states, not knowing how everything is compared to how I left it. Not necessarily the physical that has changed, but relationships with my friends and family members who won't....or can't....understand my time here.
Explaining what I' ve been through, and trying to do it any sort of justice, will continually be a struggle.
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