The Journey to Cape Town

Well, it’s definitely time for a new post! Long overdue… And this series, I think, is well worth the wait.

A few months ago, I get a WhatsApp message from my brother asking, “Hey, would you want to go to Cape Town in February?”, and of course my response was, “YES!!!”. It never really crossed my mind that I might want to go there. I think I saw pictures on a friend’s Facebook page a while back and thought, “That looks awesome”, but I’m not sure that I would have planned a trip to go there any time in the near future.

Thankfully, my brother changed this not-so-much of an idea into reality. A few days later, flights were booked for us and our parents and activity planning commenced!

Before we knew it, the day was here to leave on our journey with a quick, hectic stop in NYC, and a long layover in London before arriving in Cape Town.

Now, I’ve missed flights and have had them cancelled before, but there is nothing more stressful than having a flight delayed and knowing that you only have 30 minutes to make it on the next plane. Little did we know that arriving at your gate 20 minutes before your flight to London leaves does not mean that they will let you board the plane. We missed our flight. After asking our gate agent what to do next and getting a short, snappy response of, “Nothing”, it resulted with me exchanging some words with her before running through JFK to make it to the Delta desk before they closed and the last flight went out for the day. We made it out just an hour later than planned. Not the best start to this trip, but at least we were on our way to the next stop.

I’ve always wanted to go to London, so I was happy to see that our layover was long enough to get out and explore. It was freezing, but we made the best of it and took the Tube to Green Park so we could wander around and hit the big landmarks; Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. We stopped in a cute little pub for lunch, The Colonies, and of course I got the fish and chips. The food was great and exactly the experience I wanted out of the short time we had there. As far as the weather, it was beautiful, but lawd have mercy it was COLD. A couple hours in the city was good enough before we headed back to Heathrow.

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In just 12 short hours, we were finally in South Africa. AND IT WAS GORGEOUS. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and the scenery was the most amazing I have seen.

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