Thursday, June 02, 2011

Travel Thursday: South Africa Wrap Up

I rushed through the completion of my South Africa recaps because I was leaving for Switzerland and because I didn’t know any better. I thought – foolishly, perhaps – that I would have an equivalent experience in Switzerland. But I didn’t. Not even close.

South Africa captured my heart.

I loved South Africa in part because it felt so much like home. South Africa is like Detroit in some respects: gritty and misunderstood and full of proud people who face enormous obstacles.

On the faces of so many South Africans, you could see how genuinely happy they were to have you there and how proud they were of their country and their enthusiasm was undoubtedly contagious. I caught the enthusiasm. And now I catch myself daydreaming about when I will return. So that I can see Cape Town. So that I can go on a proper safari at Kruger National Park. So that I can get goosebumps at the Apartheid Museum once again.

Whenever I attempt to tell someone about South Africa, I fail. I fail epically, with a smile and a lot of hand gestures and the overuse of awesome.

But it was. Oh, it was. Awesome and perfect and life-changing and heartbreaking and absolutely divine.

Go there. Go to South Africa.


Kari said...

I haven't been to SA -- but the parts of Aftica I was in this spring -- I loved. It was amazing. I can't wait to go back and see more of the continent.

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