So I arrived in Cape Town yesterday afternoon at around 1pm. The hostel I’m staying at arranged for a driver to pick me up at the airport, so once I got out with my luggage, the driver was standing right there to greet me. My mom and I were so worried that the driver would be sketchy, but we were both so wrong I was ashamed. He was the nicest driver ever. I think he was actually one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met… if there’s such a thing as “the most friendliest people”.
I got out of the airport and it. was. gorgeous. I hate humidity, but it’s winter here so it’s not that hot (apparently, even in the summer, it doesn’t get much hotter than 30C too often). There’s so much green everywhere and all of Cape Town is pretty much situated around Table Mountain and the surrounding mountains (google Table Mountain). You can just imagine how beautiful this place is.
Anyway, a fear that I have is getting lonely while I’m here… Not lonely because there’s nobody to talk to, but lonely because the friends I make and the people in the hostel and people in general are so outgoing. I like knowing people and getting to know new people but being surrounded by too many extroverts that I’m not too close to too often can make me feel pretty damn lonely (introvert problems, fml). Luckily, I have two close(er) friends that are also from UofT. I’ve only met the both of them once in Toronto before coming to South Africa, but I still feel so much closer to them than everybody else.
Also, the place I’m in right now is called the Observatory, and it’s a small student area near the University of Cape Town. My friends here showed me around the area a bit.. and I found a small cafe in a nearby plaza that’s owned by a Korean couple!! They also have a little prayer card on the counter which probably means they are Christian. I NEVER expected that meeting Korean-Christians while abroad would bring me so much familiarity, comfort, and security. Weird, huh? Well after talking with the owner, I now know there’s a Korean restaurant nearby and a Korean store with Korean groceries!!! YES!!!! I’ll have to check it out sometime. Next time I see them, maybe I’ll ask if there’s a church too. Or when I get used to the transport system, I’ll check out Hillsong South Africa XD
I start work on Monday so I’m pretty excited! The people from work were so nice over email already, I can’t wait to meet them in person.@1 day ago