Month: May 2013

cristina

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!

CristinaKate

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Last week we took two of the teachers at our daycare, Nicole and Shareifa, out for dinner in Kalk Bay.  I am so thankful that I was placed in a centre with these two, they are really a big part of what makes my time at daycare so amazing.

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We told Shareifa to bring her little girl, Zariah along too because she is hilarious. She is able to make up the most entertaining stories and is just a delight to be around. That night she was telling us all about spiderman and how he was outside on the rocks pushing the waves back into the ocean.

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steenbergs got talent

Coming to Cape Town I didn’t realise just how badly I couldnt dance. The kids here all have serious ‘swag’.

This little guy won the ‘Steenbergs Got Talent’ show. He had all of the school cheering along and all the volunteers up on their feet. Plus, he continued to dance just like this during the dance party afterwards. No joke, South Africa has the coolest kids.