If you follow my social media, you know that I was just in South Africa. As a matter of fact, I haven't been back home for 12 hours and I am already writing this post. I wanted to blog this amazing experience while I still have the butterflies in my very big post vacation stomach.
Apparently as a married woman with a child, traveling is beyond someone like me. A friend told me that she was asked why I someone with a child travelled the way I did. Its quite shocking to me because going to South Africa was the only time I have ever travelled outside of the country without my family. And even if it wasn't, why is it that only single women can travel the world and explore places beyond their compound. The kind of idea that when you are married and a become a mother, you life should only revolve around being just that is myopic. We had a life before and should still have a life after. It is important to continue to do the things we have the desire to do. This not only keeps us sane but it gives us something of our own.
My visit to South Africa was amazing. I stayed in Cape Town for 4 days and Johannesburg for 3 days. It should have honestly been the other way around as Joburg appealed more to my cultural taste. Cape Town reminded me of certain places in the States, like their Long Street favors Arena District here in Columbus Ohio but with a touch of Culture. Learning about Bo-Kaap's history was the highlight of my stay in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap is famous for its colorful houses. Its a huge tourist attraction and a photographers dream. Bo-Kaap became a home to muslims and many freed slaves after the abolition of slavery. These colorful homes came about during one of the preparation for the celebrations of Eid. This neighborhood is still predominately muslim owned. I am so grateful to God for allowing me to see this amazing place. I do not have a bucket list yet, but if I did, this place would have been on it and I already crossed it off.
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Cape Town sits right under the table mountain. This mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in South Africa. We were suppose to take the cable car to get a proper view from the mountain but they were closed that day. Looking down at Cape Town from this view is an inexpressible feeling.