The time has come to say our goodbyes, pack our bags, and catch a plane back to the States. Our month of adventuring around South Africa has come to a close. We don't know how to describe leaving the country that was home to so many invaluable experiences for us. Many of us can't imagine not returning to South Africa, but for now, we're off to continue our adventures at Luther.
Our past few days have been spent in Fish Hoek where we stayed in seaside cottages. As we climbed over the dunes that were our backyards, we were greeted by the sand and surf. We enjoyed soaking up the sun during our last days and were able to take a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. While taking in the land and sea, we were hit with the realization that while this is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it is also one of the most tragic. Our studies of apartheid and our experiences with its lasting effects remind us that this nation is much more than the breathtaking pictures we see in travelers' brochures. Since Nelson Mandela became president and South Africa became a democracy in 1994, the country has progressed in many ways, but it will take several generations before the transition is complete.
While it's impossible to sum up our journey in this short blog, we are excited to share our stories and pictures once home. We may not be anxious to return to winter after our hiatus, but we look forward to seeing our family and friends (after we sleep off jetlag, of course).
Thanks for keeping up with our blog! We'll see you soon.