Waka Waka South Africa

It is still unbelievable how many different motions we go through in such a short of time. it is an non stop learning adventure, filled with surprises and emotional attachment. The weirdest part of it, is how we need to keep moving forward, no matter the experience. There is no time to lose, so until this trip is over, there will be another country, and something else to gather from it.

So here I was, sucking all of my Ghana emotions in, and heading to South Africa. It still feels good to be on the African soil. There is just so much to learn here, and the culture is just so complex, you want to keep learning more and more.

Soon as we were docking in Cape Town, which is one of the capitals (they have three capitals), I saw the most amazing sunrise right next to the Table Mountain. The view blew my mind, and I was barely inside the ship still. My sea crew (the students are divided into different seas, mine is the Caribbean sea) woke us up with the songs Waka Waka, and the Lion King song — how appropriate. We passed by the immigration, and ready to go!

Me and three more friends – Daniela, Gabriel and Gerardo – had a schedule of things we wanted to do that day, and luckily we were able to fit it all. The first thing we did that morning was go to Bolders Beach, which is the penguins beach. i know you are wondering, they have penguins in Africa? oh yes, they do in South Africa, and they are so cute. I wish I could have brought one back with me. They were literally spread throughout the whole beach.

After trying to squeeze the penguins and maybe bringing one back to the ship (I really wish this was true), we headed to Cape point, where the two oceans meet. We hiked up the mountain which lead us to the famous lighthouse. The view, again, was breathtaking. I saw many baboon monkeys walking all over the place. I am used to seeing the little monkeys in Brazil spread around with people, but not big ones like this. Those that know me well, probably know my favorite animal is the monkey, and how tempted I was to just go and squeeze their faces. I controlled myself, they are supposed to be aggressive sometimes, especially if they are hungry.

After Cape Point scene, we hiked down and stopped at a random beautiful beach, where for the first time I got to feel the Indian Ocean touching my foot. It was cold! We ate seafood, shrimp, calamari and fish, which was also tasty. I have been lucky with food, really enjoyed all of my meals outside the country so far.

Late afternoon, we headed to the beautiful Table Mountain which is supposed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. We took a little cable car up the mountain where we stayed for almost 4 hours. I had no idea Table Mountain was that big. We walked so much, and every edge we looked out, there was an amazing view of Cape Town.

The highlight of my day, was seeing the sunset from the top of Table Mountain, sitting with my best girl friend on this trip, Daniela, drinking a hot chocolate with whip cream on the top. You know those moments when you say “Life is good?” Oh yeah, that is exactly what I thought in that moment.

I still can’t thank enough of how blessed I felt, seeing a beautiful sunrise and a breathtaking sunset on the same day.

It still feels crazy to relate what I went though in Ghana, and how in matter of days, there I was, living the life with my hot chocolate in South Africa. No wonder why I feel so confused sometimes; however, despite the mixed feelings of not knowing how to take all of these emotions, I feel like I’m finding myself — in each sunrise, in each sunset.

Waka Waka Africa do Sul

Ainda e inacreditavel quantas emocoes diferentes passamos em tao pouco tempo. E uma aventura que nao para, repleta de surpresas e de apego emocional. A parte mais estranha de tudo, e o fato de sempre ter que andar para frente, independente da experiencia. Nao temos tempo a perder, e ate quando essa viagem acabar, eu ainda terei outro pais, e algo para aprender sobre ele.

Entao, aqui estava, sugando todas emocoes que Ghana me trouxe, e indo para a Africa do Sul. E muito bom sentir que ainda estou no solo Africano. Tem tanto para se aprender aqui, e a cultura e tao complexa, que nao tem como nao querer aprender mais e mais.

Logo quando chegamos em Cape Town, que e uma das capitais (eles tem tres capirais), eu vi o nascer do sol mais lindo, do lado da Table Moutain (Montanha Table). A vista me deixou besta, e eu mal estava dentro do navio ainda. A galera do meu mar (nos estudantes somos dividimos entre mares, e o meu e o Caribe), nos acordou com a musica Waka Waka e a do Rei Leao — bem apropiado. Passamos pela imigracao, e ja estavamos preparados para sair!

Eu e mais tres amigos – Daniela, Gabriel e Gerardo- tinhamos uma agenda de coisas que queriamos fazer aquele dia, e conseguimos fazer tudo. A primeira coisa que fizemos na manha foi ir para a Praia de Bolders, que e a praia dos pinguins. Voces devem estar se perguntando, eles tem pinguins na Africa? Sim, na Africa do Sul, e eles sao muito fofos. Queria poder trazer um devolta comigo. Eles estam literalmente soltos pela praia.

Depois de ter quase apertado os pinguins e quase ter trazido um para o navio comigo (como eu queria que isso fosse verdade), nos fomos para Cape Point, que e aonde os dois oceanos se encontram. Nos subimos ate o famoso farol. A vista, novamente, era de tirar o folego. Eu vi muitos macacos chamados baboons andando por todos os cantos. Eu sou acostumada a ver micos entre as pessoas no Brasil, mais nunca vi um macaco desse tamanho andando no meio do povo. Aqueles que me conhecem bem, devem saber que o meu animal favorito e o macaco. Eu me controlei, pos eles supostamente sao agressivos as vezes, especialmente quando estam com fome.

Depois de Cape Point, nos descemos e paramos em uma praia qualquer, onde eu pela primeira vez senti o Indian ocean tocando os meus pes. O mar e frio! Comemos frutos do mar, camarao, calamari e peixe, que estava muito saboroso. Eu tenho tido sorte com comida, geralmente tenho gostado muito das comidas fora do pais.

No final da tarde, nos andamos para a Table Mountain que supostamentee e uma das montanhas mais velhas do mundo. Subimos em um bonde ate o topo, aonde passamos 4 horas e o resto da tarde. Nem imaginava que a montanha era tao grande. Andamos tanto la em cima, e cada ponta que olhavamos, havia uma vista maravilhosa da cidade de Cape Town.

A parte mais brilhante do meu dia, foi ver o por do sol no topo da montanha, sentada com a minha melhor amiga dessa viagem, Daniela, e tomando um chocolate quente com creme em cima. Sabe aqueles momentos que voce fala “Que maravilha de vida?” Pois e, foi o que pensei naquele momento.

Ainda nao consigo agradacer o quanto eu me senti abencoada, vendo o lindo amanhecer do sol e um maravilhoso por do sol no mesmo dia.

Ainda e louco para processar tudo que passei em Ghana, e em questao de dias, ali estava, vivendo a vida boa, com o meu chocolate quente na Africa do Sul. Deve ser por isso que eu me sinto confusa as vezes; mas, mesmo com esses sentimentos de nao saber como processar tanto sentimento, eu sinto que

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6 thoughts on “Waka Waka South Africa

  1. James Gonser

    What a great day. An important part of travel is changing with your environment. Living in the moment.

  2. secasart

    I think your spirit needed this break from the intensity of your time in Ghana. In a few days I’m off for my own adventure in Korea. If I don’t freeze, I’ll share my stories in two weeks.

    Is there some place I can see your travel schedule? I wonder how long you will be in each place, and what the next place will be. But living in the moment is pretty exciting too!

    This past week in Hawaii was bizarre! We had wind and rain–no surprise, really–but also hail (the biggest ever recorded), lightning, thunder, a tornado, flooding. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. And today I see the sun!

    Much love!
    Suzanne

  3. Rose Sampaio

    I think you are are right when you said:
    I still can’t thank enough of how blessed I felt, seeing a beautiful sunrise and a breathtaking sunset on the same day.

    It still feels crazy to relate what I went though in Ghana, and how in matter of days, there I was, living the life with my hot chocolate in South Africa. No wonder why I feel so confused sometimes; however, despite the mixed feelings of not knowing how to take all of these emotions, I feel like I’m finding myself — in each sunrise, in each sunset.

    This is LIFE!
    Te amo!

  4. Edna Sampaio

    Edna
    Suse curta bastante e intensamente bjsssssssssss te amo muito.

  5. Ailton

    Hello Suse,

    Its very beautiful pictures: the montain, the beach, and specialy the sunrise and you !!

    Well, very energy, peace and love for you !! Kisses.

    Namastê !

  6. Dani

    Ohhh… so beuatifull!! my best girl friend! Miss you piriguete!

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