Traveling has always been on my to-do list and coming from a typical black family it was impossible to convince my folks to take a year off after Grade 12 travel and "find myself". My folks thought its best to "find myself" whilst studying#smh!! So, after numerous conversations and attempted blackmail, I surrendered and gave into their wishes. To cut a long story short, I registered at Tshwane University of Technology, spent the first year studying Tourism Management (as I was still "finding myself" and discovering what my passions were) dropped that and registered for International Relations the following year. I graduated, did my internship, got a real job, bought a car, moved out of home blah blah but I still had this yearning to travel and see what the world had to offer, considering I had only ever been to Australia prior this trip. I know you're most probably thinking why Australia considering its SA white folks' utopia#LOL
Anyway, two years ago my younger sister Motshidisi, decided to go work in the USA over their winter period...off she went, came back and only had GREAT stories to share. I then decided to go online, did some research and visited a couple of agencies. I started my application process (folks were convinced that I was bluffing as I had in my mid-twenties-crisis mode- had called my mom in a frenzy requesting that she transfer 3k into my account as I was quitting my job - was an intern at the time- and had decided to au-pair in the states- paid the deposit and never followed through - so since that incident my mom has never taken anything I say serious)#LOL
So, after numerous skype interviews with potential employers, I landed a job in Orange County, LA which later fell through#sadface! I started the interview process once again#RME and landed a job in Long Beach, NY. I was sooo thrilled when I found out I got the job in the Big Apple as that's originally where I had wanted to go. My belly was burning with excitement, I signed my contract, had my visa interview, booked flights etc. It was all FINALLY happening and I was over the moon and told everyone who cared to listen that I was heading to the Big Apple for a year.
The night before my departure, my two amazing sisters and one of my bestest friends organised a beautiful dinner at home. It was an intimate gathering,(folks, siblings, two of my closest friends and a very dear aunt of mine). Dinner was quite emotional, my sister (who's name I won't mention lol) had a melt-down which threw me off as she NEVER cries, I mean NEVER so for her to break down like that really moved me and she really had some sweet things to say about our friendship#aaaahhh
D-Day came, we headed to the airport, had lunch with a couple of friends and family and after countless hugs, kisses a few tears, some prayer and well wishes from everyone off I embarked on my journey...
Below are pics from the lunch at the airport...
|My Crazy Siblings & I|
|My Gals..Ntombi, Tshego & I|
|Dear Friend Ole & I|
|Childhood Friend Lungile & I|
|Kristelle, Michelle & I #LOL|
All the events leading up to my departure and the past month spent in NY has made me realise how fortunate I am...I have been blessed with amazing friends who are always checking up on me, thanks to BBM, WA, FB, Skype and email that I still feel like I'm home in SA#grins
Therefore, I have decided to start blogging as this will enable me to keep you all posted on my whereabouts and experiences whilst in the states. Please note I do not claim to be a writer nor a comedian, think of this as my online journal that I will be sharing with you...so if it gets too "dear diary" I apologise in advance#hidesface
ps.will also try my bestest to post pics (as you know I'm not big on that)#LOL
Stay blessed xoxox