Delayed….

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I should be writing to you from South Africa. I wish I was writing to you from South Africa, but I’m not. I have put off writing about this because honestly I don’t like thinking about it and it makes me pretty sad. On Friday, September 6th four days before I was supposed to leave Oklahoma we get a phone call telling us that the trip has been delayed for all five YES Abroad kids who are going to South Africa. From what we have come to understand the neighborhood that three of us were going to be living in has been declared unsafe by the U.S Embassy and the other two are having visa issues. This means that AFS has to find the three of us new host families in a different part of South Africa and I’m not sure what is going on with the others visa. They have been very vague about when we will be leaving now. Maybe a week, maybe a month none of us are really sure. It was disappointing to say the least. My suitcase was packed and trust me i was ready to go.I had already been in contact with my host family and have spent a lot of time picking out presents and emailing them. They seemed great and I’m sad that I don’t get to be apart of their family this year, but things like this happen and you have to deal with it. I have had a little over a week to come to accept it and I am still not super excited about it, but I know that this is for the best. I’m also glad that they are keeping us safe it is just a bit frustrating. This extra time is giving me more time to spend with family and friends before I leave though and for that I am grateful. This week i got to spend time Fort Worth Texas with one of my favorite families that I didn’t think I was going to get to see before I leave. I got to be here for my Dad’s 50th birthday too! So even though I’m extremely disappointed I am still thankful that I even get the opportunity to go at all. A big issue though is  that now I have all this extra time on my hands! so if anyone has any ideas on things to do during the day let me know!

~Grace

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