On our last day, we said goodbye to Kelly first because she was staying in Africa for another week with her dad. We packed all our things and we were on our way in the bus. On the long drive to the airport, I remember sitting in the passenger seat, looking at the beautiful African views, while hearing my group singing behind me.. and I couldn’t help but tear up because how beautiful they sounded singing all together as a family, realizing how much they all meant to me. I tried to take in as much of the scenery as I could, knowing that this was a once in a lifetime experience and because I was going to miss Africa so much. I wish I didn’t have to leave. I realized that I had a whole bunch of gift cards that I was gonna bring home with me, but instead I decided to write each of the students, and Louis, a little something that I appreciated of them. I never got to tell Louis how much he meant to me and felt to thankful that of all the possible guides we could’ve gotten, we were gifted with him. When we got to the airport, the waterworks started up again, especially because this was where we departed from Louis. We all hugged him goodbye as me, Melissa, Tiana, and Nicole cried like a bunch of babies. Then we were off. Each of us slowly left each other at the airport. First it was Melissa and Hailey. Then Amanda. Nicole, Zack, Emily, Tiana, Jenny, and I got to have lunch together, and then it was only me Zack and Tiana sharing a flight together. Since we each slowly left the group it wasn’t as emotional as all of us leaving each other at once.
The flight with Zack and Tiana was a long one. When we got off in Switzerland it was time for Tiana to leave us. This was when it really hit me- how we just spent the best time of our lives together, and how I may never see them again. Once Tiana left I felt the sadness creep back in. Our trip was over. Once Zack and I got through the nuisance of customs and how difficult America made it, we went through security and I was almost certain that they were gonna take my African rocks away from me. They took my bag, took the rocks out, but then surprisingly, they let me keep everything. I was so happy to have my African rocks from Kruger with me. Zack and I landed in Newark and he had his dad waiting for him already, so I was left alone. I remember feeling weird on the car ride home, seeing how the highway and scenery was so different. Everything feels more mechanical here. No land or animals in sight, just people and their construction. I missed Africa already. I wanted to go back. I would even consider living there in the future. One thing’s for certain- I will return and do my best to try to work with Dr.John, Andre or even Cornell again. I had so many mixed emotions from the start of the trip- yet I never knew that this trip would end up being the best experience of my life. Until next time Africa.