These last few weeks have been filled with homework. We’re cramming the last month of our classes into these next two weeks in order to relieve our class work for when we go to Cape Town, but that means that we have had no lives for the past three weeks. Every time I talk to my mom she asks what I’m doing that day and all I can say is that I’m doing homework. But it’s not all dreary work. Two weekends ago we went hiking in the Drakensberg mountains to go and see the san cave paintings from the bushmen who were the original inhabitants of South Africa. The landscape on the way to and in the Drakensberg mountains is absolutely breathtaking. The sky was the brightest of blues and the grassy hills were an electric shade of green to the extent that it looked completely fake.
Another amazing landscape moment was going zip-lining through the canopy this weekend. We spent a few hours on Saturday doing an incredible zip-lining adventure through the canopy of a South African forest. The weather wasn’t the clearest, but it was amazing to zip-line through the mist while dodging trees and looking into deep ravines filled with trees and waterfalls while spending time with some girls I have come to love and adore. We had a blast screaming our way through the 8 zip lines and entertaining the workers as we laughed and sang in Zulu.
It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that we’re leaving Pietermaritzburg in less than two weeks. We’ll be traveling down to Cape Town on the 27th where we’ll spend our last three weeks studying more history and culture of South Africa and exploring the city. It’s not that I’m not excited to go to Cape Town that’s making me feel down these days – it’s the thought of leaving the people I’ve built relationships with and the thought that I can’t ever relive this experience. Even when I come back someday, it won’t be the same. The people will be different and the purpose will be different and it’s just so sad to me. But at the same time there is so much joy in the thought of coming back and seeing how people have grown and how programs have grown and seeking after what God might have planned for me here.
Hopefully I’ll be able to update you soon… the internet is being ridiculous and the president of APU and the head of internationalism are coming this week to visit which is amazingly exciting. For now, love, grace and peace.