I Am Here

Two nights in Washington and three days worth of travel (mostly a result of horrendous delays) and I’ve arrived. It was almost sad to part ways with the other passengers after all we’d gone through. Once through baggage claims and customs we wearily turned a final corner to see, and hear, an unforgettable spectacle.
A large crowd, or rather mob, of wild Bafana fanatics filled the passenger pickup room and the sounds of soccer horns deafened anyone within a kilometer. It was as if they were waiting for our flight to arrive to start partying. Contrary to the impulsive theory, I discovered, the celebrations began months back and are simply nearing their climax as the opening match grows nearer and nearer. Having witnessed about every nation represented by a jerseyed traveler, except Portugal…, I decided to step my game up and produce a certain Ronaldo jersey which allowed for some fun conversation. It has been 3 days of hellish travel and misfortune, the likes Jonah would have even doubted as at this point, a whale would seem to have been an upgrade. 3 days of chaos and engine failures and flight changes and waiting but here we are.
I await my ride to my first accommodation, an excellent local who is sure to maintain this elite level of adventure I have now set as my standard. While he remains my only committed contact for accommodation, the eternal travel of the notorious flight 208 allowed me to develop several connections across the nation. Some were intrigued fellow travelers, others were worried locals horrified by my meager itinerary, and rations for that matter. I am sure the opportunistic camaraderie developed among the 208 was no mere coincidence.
I’ve already enjoyed chatting with a couple airport porters and have nabbed a few clutch Zulu phrases. I anxiously await my first chance to catch a local off guard with a cheery “Sawubona!” (Greetings or hello). Well that’s all so far. My feet are on African soil and for the time being, I am content.
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  1. you’re such an amazing writer! I keep logging online hoping for a new post- I hope you’re using tia adelia’s camera because I can’t wait to see pictures.

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