Siyakwamukela ku South Africa!
That means, Welcome to South Africa in isiZulu.
I’m sure you all know by now that I visited South Africa last November. It was my first time (almost everyone in my family was shocked that I havent. LOL), and also
slightly proud to say that it was a fully self-funded trip. I’m quite proud of myself because I’ve always wanted to go there, and I just wasn’t sure how I’d get there, let alone thinking how I would fund myself there. But, I made it. I’d been talking about it for months to both friends and family – I think they got tired of hearing this-, and when I finally took of on a chilly Friday morning in early November last year, I was like, OMG I’m actually going on an international trip that I paid for. Myself. I PAID FOR IT. I. Paid. I’m stressing the fact that I paid for it because: 1. I never, ever, thought that I could actually afford a fully self-funded round trip to South Africa. I always had the notion that travel is expensive and is only for those who are lucky enough to have their trips paid for them. 2. If you keep talking about your plans and actually work towards them, they do come true. I talked about saving up, saved up (although to be honest I chipped into my savings a little quite a bit and it was worth it) paid for my ticket, planned for my accomodation, and left.
I’ll also be honest, I had a discounted return flight to Jozi, and I arranged for my accomodation: I stayed with one of my greatest friends from my London uni days in Sandton for 4 days, and stayed with my little brother in Cape Town for the rest of my trip. Sometimes, you have to work around with what you have and make things happen. That, together with my discounted trip + tickets, motivated me enough to save up and get my butt to go to a country I’ve only heard about my entire life. This may come across as cheap, but to each her own, right? I love finding ways to make my money count and stretch for me.
In a quest to live life and not just exist, I thought it’d be great to share some of my highlights with you guys. I think it just goes to show that life can also be for the living
if you take calculated risks of course.
I. Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City Mall
2. Cocktails at Fourways Farmers’ Market
5. Soul Souvlaki – Maboneng Precinct (I had the best wrap there!)
6. Made a new friend from Cameroon! (Pictured left)
7. Loved the eccentricity and quirkiness of Maboneng. It kind of reminds me of Shoreditch in East London.
I hope this gives you a taste of South Africa even if only a small fraction!