When I arrived in South Africa I knew I was going to meet a lot of great people.
What I didn’t expect was to meet a friend that would make me want to fly half way around the world to build forts in her living room.
Cristina, from the moment I met you we were like two muffins in a Tupperware container (thanks for phrasing it so beautifully Brendon). It was so easy to be around you and it felt like we had been friends for years right from the start.
All of the times we shared – diving with great white sharks, travelling up the Garden Route, feeding elephants, freaking out on the bungee platform, eating spoons of Nutella (or was that just me?), singing at Brass Bell, listening to good music (your iPhone – not mine), getting shot at across the road in Lavender Hill, trying to control our class when the teachers went walk-about, talking about life and love – those are what real friendships are made of. I am now promoting you from South African Best Friend to Best International Friend. Your certificate is in the mail.
Also – thank you for freaking out as we wound our way up Banes Kloof – having to talk you down really helped me stay calm while I tried not to kill us both. We are alive right now because of you.
I know how much we both loved reading the bag of quotes from Clara so I have compiled a few new quotes for us. Add them to the pile!
To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time – Cornelia Otis Skinner
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive – Howard Thurman
Your friendship is one of the best things I have to take out of my time here. Years from now, when I think back to my time here in South Africa I know I will think of you and all our adventures and smile.
I love you and miss you already.
See you soon/bye for now! Capricorn! Seven!