Emotional Goodbye

Johannesburg: Population  4,434,827, the largest city in South Africa, and my home for the next 2 and a half months.

After the most heart wrenching, emotional goodbye at the airport with my family where our tears could have flooded the airport (looking at you mummy), an 11 hours flight, sitting next to a snoring santa lookalike and after approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes sleep, I landed in ‘Joburg’ looking slightly worse for wear as a tear stained individual surrounded by people who knew ‘how to adult’ while I was just beginning to learn, with the hope that my ability ‘to adult’ will improve on this trip.

I found the taxi driver, who was just about to leave as I had taken too long, and he was incredibly friendly and our conversations soon turned to local foods such as biltong and crocodile which he described as tasting like a mix of fish and pork, an interesting combination that I naturally wouldn’t lean towards but apparently it’s delicious. Definitely one for the bucket list.

The Jacksons, the family that I am staying with have immediately made me feel so at home which I am so grateful for. Larna, a beautiful, kind and inspiringly motivated women along with her husband Kev, who is fun and hard working are the brains behind EventOptions, the company that I will be working for. Their 2 children, Connor who is very witty and full of nuggets of information and Kayla, who is a 5 year old who is not afraid to think that she looks beautiful and pretty, a mind frame that is very refreshing.

I had my first day at work yesterday and found it both interesting and challenging. I was thrown in at the deep end and due to having joined the company at peak time, there was a lot of work that needed doing, I just didn’t know how to do it. Hopefully I will be able to be more helpful once I have learnt the ropes which I am excited for but for now I will just be looking and learning.

As I write this I am sitting on the terrace overlooking Kayla splashing about in the swimming pool, the dogs all chasing each other and the afternoon sun blazing down. Certainly not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

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