Cape Town, South Africa – First Impressions

August 14, 2015

20150827_193358000_iOSAs I exited immigration at Cape Town International Airport, I was met by the smiling face of Ed Scott. Ed and his wife Heather are founder/owners of VIA Volunteers in South Africa www.viavolunteers.com.

IMG_1360They have provided support and guidance during all of my research and planning for this great adventure. If not for them I may not have felt so comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone and into Africa.

IMG_0553The western coast of SA is breathtaking.

Mountains meet ocean in a way that reinforces the mystical aura of Africa. Ed was kind enough to show me the coast straight from the airport and I felt immediately in awe.

20150816_020129000_iOSThen it was off to my digs for the next month – Ashanti Lodge, a backpackers or hostel. Those of you who know me –  know that this was really, I mean really, stepping out of my comfort zone. Ashanti is comfortable, basic, lively, noisy, and friendly. Bathrooms are down the hall and my fellow residents are mostly half my age. But after almost 4 days I am starting to feel a part of things.

On my first evening, Ed introduced me to Andrea, a young Venezuelan volunteer also spending some time at Ashanti. Andrea became my sightseeing partner for this first weekend in Cape Town. Stay tuned and good night for now.

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5 thoughts on “Cape Town, South Africa – First Impressions”

  1. The pictures you posted are wonderful! I’m so glad you’re keeping in touch so often. I got you a book that I thought might be interesting, but by the time I get it to you, you will have written one yourself! It’s called “Nothing to Declare” and was recommended in the Oprah magazine. You can compare your experiences with the author’s. I’ll be back soon!

    1. Hey Kath. So glad to hear all is going well. Thanks for posting all the beautiful pics. I’m traveling vicariously through you. Miss you!

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