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... which was my original alarm for 9:15am that would alert by playing the 'Circle of life' from the Lion King... Thankfully at 9:15am I decided to do something on my phone so only half a second of the song played otherwise it would have been utter humiliation!!!! Up to our room to brush our teeth, get all our things for the day etc.. then off to the Neighbourgoods Market with our taxi driver Manja (pretty sure that's what his name was :/) who showed us were Nelson ...
... minutes to work. His office is located in Sandton City, a mis mash of Shopping Malls, luxury hotels, and offices. Eetu's contract ends next August, and he plans to return to Europe as his girlfriend lives in Sweden. I got up at 10:30, after a good 11 hours of sleep. By 12:00 I walked over to the Mall and met up with Eetu for lunch at Nelson Mandela Square. It's an open area with restaurants ...
... to our dorm rooms to settle in. I was assigned to be a girls chaperone. On that first day, people were flying in from all over so it was a pretty chill day after we got settled in. I took the rest of the day to get to meet some of the other girl’s chaperones, the girls themselves, and some of the men’s coaches. Sha, these people were so cool and it was so interesting to hear about what they do and where they come from.
Basically every day was the same schedule ...
... anyway, we made it safe to Newtown via a very impressive downtown busy hectic marketday Jo'burg. Then by contrast we took the Red openair touristbus with commentory on the headphones provided, it was a great way to get your bearings and it goes via all the sites in and outside the CBD.
With a private cab we visited Pamela the lovely lady and AVI volunteer who I'd been Skypen with from Australia and her partner Joel from ...
... before heading to Hanoi, doing some quick maths, we would miss our flight to Vietnam, and have to spend 24 hours in Ethiopia, not know where to stay if we land there at 1am.
Stress levels were high but as there was nothing we could do, we settled into the lounge for a long wait, taking advantage of the free drinks and food. Eventually we boarded the plane 5 hours late, anxious about what awaited us in Ethiopia.