I'm here! As in Urbana-Champaign in Illinois.
Left just before 7am on Thursday morning for Cape Town International airport, to Hannah's sobbing and Jonah's moaning. James was fine. I was so nervous about leaving them that I forgot to say goodbye to Scott! He called me back, saying, "Um, excuse me?" Eek - bad wife.
The travelling was brutal. It took 4 flights and from 9.30am on Thursday, till 3.40am (South Africa time) on Saturday to get here. Insane. I'm now an expert at getting round airports and through security checkpoints.
So far, first impressions are:
- The bookstores are COOOOOL. There are coffee shops right in the shops and they allow you to sit and drink your coffee and browse books.
- The food and drink portions are huge. I tried to get a small bottle of water yesterday, which here would be about 340ml. I couldn't get anything smaller than 591ml.
- The people seem very friendly - quite happy to chat away and help as much as they can.
- We didn't see much last night as we were driving to our apartments, because it was dark, but as far as I could see, Urbana seems very flat. Shall go exploring later - if I'm brave enough to go outside in the minus temperatures.
The family seems fine. Scott's doing an amazing job of keeping everyone in the routine. I've skyped them 4 times so far and they love it, although it might end up being a problem for Jonah - he apparently went nuts the last time I ended the call.