Africa is even more of a paradise than I could have imagined. I always knew I’d fall in love with the country at first sight, but it’s seemed to surprise me just how much I love it already.
There was no transition phase, as there was with Vietnam, instead it was as soon as I saw the continent from the plane. The biggest smile stretched across my face and I could feel my heart skip. There was no fear, only a feeling of being completely content and happy.
I arrived at Victoria Falls just yesterday morning, but it feels as if my soul has been here forever. I often make fun of my best friend, Lara, when she says that she knows that her soul is from the Midwest. But after my first few hours, I completely understand what she means, and I believe that my soul is from Africa.
Never in my life have I felt more home in a foreign land than I do here. I am completely at peace with the world, a feeling that can often be difficult to feel, especially in the first hours of visiting a new land. But, it’s exactly what I feel, and exactly how I was hoping to feel.
After booking a few day trips for the first full day, I headed off on my to see the great Victoria Falls, and it immediately took my breath away. It truly is one of the most beautiful natural sites that I’ve ever visited. With the cool mist hitting my face, I trekked the area of the falls, stopping off at each lookout to admire it’s majestic beauty. The sounds alone make the visit worthwhile, as well as the ever-present rainbow. While walking through the path in the jungle, you barely feel as though you are in Africa, as it is a rainforest that has grown around the falls. Vines hang and palm trees flourish among the outshirts of the giant wall of falling of water.
I walked out as far as I could go and turned around to come back home, entirely pleased with myself for making the journey alone, and at the overall fact that I’ve decided to come to Africa. I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life to date.
Since that was only day one, I cannot even imagine what the rest of my time in Africa has in store.