August 14, 2015
As 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.
They 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.
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.
Then 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.