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South Africa Summer 2015 Blog

Written by: Anita Kibunguchy

June 22, 2015

It's been a whirl wind week for everyone (intructors and students alike). Bolaji, Emily, Soga and I were all travelling from different parts of the globe, super excited for June 24th and the first day of GSL South Africa 2015. With all that excitement, came unanticipated travel issues. You see, I was travelling from San Fransisco to Johannesburg via New York and when I got to New York, I ended up running into Visa trouble which meant I could not fly out of JFK and, therefore, had to miss my June 21st flight. Talk about anxiety, frustration and being caught off-guard. My GSL excitement literally got cut in a matter of hours. I had to strategize - it's like when they say, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade (definitely better than eating the raw lemons, lol).

Long story short, I spent the day gathering all the required Visa paperwork and showed up at the South Africa Consulate first thing this morning. I must have had the saddest looking puppy eyes ever ... let's just say that my excitement is back on. I am soo excited to meet all the students and everyone else that's part of GSL. As they say, things happen for a reason. Can you imagine if I had connected my flight through Europe or somewhere else not in the US? What if the connecting city didn't have a South African consulate? Not good!

So I wanted to say a huge thank you to my fellow #Earthlings (instructors) for being a huge support during this time. They've been running everything thus far to make sure that Day 1 is as best as it could be. Even though I'll miss the morning sessions of class, I'll definitely be joining in sometime in the afternoon. I'd also like to thank Barry Myburgh and his entire team for being on top on things and making us feel so welcome. It's been a pleasure working with you all thus far and looking forward to the next 20 days. Finally, the MISTI team for working so tirelessly to make South Africa GSL happen.

Am currently writing this blog close to Times Square New York (not a bad place at allto be) and I can't help but wonder how lucky I am. It's a good day and I cannot wait to board my flight tomorrow and see Johannesburg :)