Our first non-volunteer day had an exciting sunset cruise. We were going to be cruising along a nearby river, in an area that’s known as a hot-spot for hippos, and we were also going to be cruising in costume!
While it felt implausible that my trip could possibly get any better, I had two more thrilling days of volunteer work ahead. One of those days included fulfilling one of my other lifelong dreams – seeing cheetahs up close and personal.
Thanks to the group I was divided into, my volunteer days just kept getting better. My third and fourth days included interacting with kids at the elementary school and at a nearby daycare. Plus, we had our first of three safari experiences, and you can’t beat that!
In a strange way, the only thing more daunting than facing a 12 1/2 hour flight followed by an 8 1/2 hour flight was finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. Don’t get me wrong – I was beyond excited – but there was something almost scary about taking a chance on a dream destination with the potential of it not living up to my expectations. In the end, though, South Africa surpassed them all.
Welcome to the first post about one of my favorite, most life-changing trips I have ever taken (and likely ever will). My full feelings about this trip are full of clichés, but overall it can be summed up with a simple Avicii lyric – all this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know I was lost.