image via South African TourismI've been thinking a lot about what's going to make this trip so different than anything else I've every experienced. This is what I came up with:
1. People of color will be in the majority. It's really hard for me to imagine a country where this is true. I wonder what it will feel like.
2. Nelson Mandela is on his deathbed. What would happen if they took him off of life support while I was there?
3. The language barrier. When I went to Spain, I still more or less understood what everyone was saying (once I got past the accent, that is.) In South Africa, and especially Johannesburg, a good number of people speak English. However, there are all these tribal languages and Afrikaans that I can't even begin to understand.
4. It's winter there. In one day, the temperature can go from 40 degrees to 70 and back down to 40. I forgot what 40 degrees feels like.
5. Not knowing anyone. I went to Spain by myself but I lived with a friend I met through a summer exchange program. Even though I hadn't met her family, I knew Pilar. In South Africa, I'll stay with the sister of a family friend and the people she's set me up to serve with. I haven't met her face to face yet and it will be strange, yet thrilling, to actually meet the person I've been emailing for so long.
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