The final countdown begins: in two weeks I will head to Washington, DC, get a bunch of shots, and fly across the Atlantic ocean for the first time on my way to South Africa. Woah! It’s still hard to believe, and rather surreal. I doubt it will become real until I’m on that plane, or until I touchdown in South Africa. I keep thinking something will happen and I won’t go (which is not unrealistic when working through the Peace Corps-things change in a second). Barring any sudden car accidents or coups in South Africa, I think I might actually be leaving in two weeks! 😉 Perhaps I should not ride in a car with a certain family member who is coming to visit….who drives fast.
Anyways, I think I will start posting news or facts about South Africa each day until I leave. This will help me keep up with current events, and keep you informed too. So, for today I am going for the low-hanging fruit: First Lady Obama is visiting South Africa! Mrs. Obama and her two daughters have been in South Africa the past few days, speaking about youth leadership, education, HIV/AIDS awareness, and women empowerment. Since I will be teaching/working with youth, I think it’s awesome that she’s there discussing issues that I will be working on. A perfect way to start SA24’s service. 🙂 I’m sure people will still be buzzing about it when we get there, and I’m 100% sure we’ll hear about it. My group has already been told that, in general, South Africans love President Obama, so a visit from the First Lady is a big deal, to say the least.
Michelle Obama is headed on to Botswana, then head back. If you want the whole story, check it out here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/06/20/michelle.obama.africa/index.html