Sitting in OR Tambo International airport, waiting for my flight back home to Cape Town. One of my favourite pastimes is people watching. So many people, each with their own stories & destinations. Fascinates me! The airport is always full – hustle & bustle… I like it 😀 I make up stories in my head about these people. The sad farewells – will they ever see each other again? Is this person simply going home, or beginning a life altering adventure! Or are they traveling because they have to for work & they’d rather not be here. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to travel. Even if it’s just domestically. Especially if it’s covered by a company credit card too 😉
I’ve been to Joburg so many times, yet on this trip I had some great new experiences!
Firstly, I booked accommodation through Airbnb. A little apprehensive at first, but aren’t we always with the unknown. I chose my person based on raving reviews & location. And, to be honest, gender. All I really needed was a place to freshen up & put my head down. I stayed with Tennille and her two adorable ginger cats! I immediately understood why she had such raving reviews. From the minute I arrived, it felt as if I were visiting an old friend. She was warm, friendly and well travelled – which made for some great chit chat. And she offered me coffee! Brownie points! 😉
Second “first” on this trip was using the Gautrain. My impression? Oh wow! Clean, comfortable, always on time, regular announcements to keep you on your toes. I felt like I was on a luxury liner. And as the train whooshed along, I felt as if I were on a train going through a European countryside.
Then lastly, Uber. All by my grown u self… Haha! And eventually! Rent-a-car? Forget it. There is no other way to get around a city you’re not familiar or comfortable driving in on your own. Super convenient, pretty affordable (considering other options) and safe. Great way to chat with someone you may just usually walk past in the street 😀
The reason for this trip was to celebrate the union of a forever friend & his beautiful bride to be. They currently live in Tanzania & will be married in Zanzibar in a month, before they pack their bags to study in London. How kind of them to come back to South Africa to allow those unable to attend the actual wedding, a chance to celebrate with them. Sad to say goodbye, but I don’t believe in goodbyes. Here is another friendship which will last a lifetime wherever in the world we meet up!
I’d say, a really great trip this weekend. Even if it was only domestic.