Friday, December 4, 2009
I can’t believe this journey has come to an end. It’s bittersweet because I’m really ready to come home but I’m also a little sad to leave. The students have been wonderful and I’ve met a lot of really nice people here. I will especially miss Khanyi, Thobeka, and Eric (the crew that works at the guesthouse). This morning, we went to service at St. Georges Cathedral and then had coffee with Archbishop Desmond Tutu! It was the perfect way to end the trip. I head to the airport tonight and go from Cape Town to Amsterdam to Memphis to Knoxville. Please pray for safe travels, and I will see you all stateside‼‼!
Before I came on this trip, I would not have considered myself to be an outdoorsy or adventurous person. I still don’t consider myself to be outdoorsy or adventurous, but I think I might be close. Kaitlin (you should remember her from the Table Mountain blog) and Diana convinced me that I should climb Lion’s Head. “It’s much easier than Table Mountain!” I eventually gave in and up the mountain we went. I have to admit, it was easier than Table Mountain, but it was a bit scarier. Lion’s Head is round, so the climb takes you around in a circle and gives you a 360 degree view of the city! I had heard that there was a part where you could either continue to wind your way to the top or use chains to climb straight up. I made it clear from the beginning that I was NOT going to do the chains. My fellow climbers assured me that we could take the longer way up; and like a fool, I believed them! I’m not sure how they did it, but they convinced me to go up the chains. Looking back on it, the experience wasn’t really that bad. But at the time, I was terrified! I didn’t realize that I’m actually a little afraid of heights! By the time I made it up, my hands were trembling. Kudos to Diana for coaching me step by step and to Kaitlin for the constant encouragement! The view from the top was SPECTACULAR, but I don’t think I’ll be climbing any more mountains anytime soon!
The Mount Nelson Hotel supposedly has one of the best High Tea’s in the world, so the ladies of the house decided to check it out. We got all dolled up and ventured down to the hotel. I have passed by the hotel pretty regularly but had never been in because there are guards at each entrance that only allow guests to pass through. I’m not exactly sure what I expected, but it was nice. There was a spread of different kinds of finger sandwiches (with the crusts cut off), some other types of finger foods and a whole host of desserts. Oh….and there was tea :o)
Back in October, a few of us went to a hip-hop competition called the Cape vs. the Rest. Local rappers and dancers were competing to join a team that will represent Cape Town in a battle against artists from Jo’burg and Pretoria. We went to support Tiro, Vernon’s son, who is a crumper. He advanced to the final round, but we were not able to stay for the end, so I’m not sure whether or not he actually made the team. One of the most talented people there was a beat-boxer (not sure if I spelled it correctly, but you know what I mean). He did five different sounds at the same time‼! I actually got him on video and will try to post it when I get home. He even made it to the final round of SA’s Got Talent (the South African version of America’s Got Talent).