Being on the road most of my time made me realize how much I miss home, and yes, if you were wondering, I’m from South Africa.
A place with so much cultural that everything you see has a story of its own.
A place that is filled with nature that died out from not getting enough rain.
A place where you will see people standing next to the road selling fruits or just something traditional made by their families.
A place that I most feel at home!
My time here in China has made me realize that no one really knows how amazing South Africa is.
I get questions such as:
“Do the animals walk in the street?”
I’m proud to say that we have the Big Five native to our land (lion, leopard, rhinoceros <both black and white species>, elephant, and Cape buffalo) and animals can walk freely in wildlife camps or safaris without being trapped in a cage.
So my answer is NO, they don’t walk down the streets, shopping in the local grocery shops, but they do have their own home that you can feel free to visit and experience the beauty of being around their presence.
“Do you guys even have big buildings?”
Like any other town, we have big buildings, yes.
The Capital city is Cape Town and it is quite breath-taking with a beautiful beach you can spend your summer days at.
What I can add is, every city has his own story.. and once you know that you will truly see the beauty behind each building and not just the big shiny ones.
“Sorry to ask, but why are you white?”
I hope no one takes this one too personally as it is quite funny!
The answer to this is simple… look up colonialism!
I am who I am and I’m sure you will get a huge shock when you visit South Africa and realize it is the total opposite of what you thought.
Enough with the questions, for now, let’s get a little more in depth with the details of the trip and the great LGBT+ scene there!
The first Pride I attended was in South Africa, it was not as big as in other countries but it was definitely one to remember!
It was quite hidden until the day of the event so no one really knew about it! The day I arrived in Cape Town I had already seen posters up with the Pride date coming closer and I was so amazed!
For a small place that not a lot of people know, they are growing quite fast! The joy felt by me was indescribable, just seeing people being proud of who they are!
Of course, I was sad that I could not attend this event in my home town but I knew China had another plan for me.
On my way home, I saw all the lands of farmers dried out and remembered we were struggling with water, I couldn’t have felt emptier that I know we have no idea what is actually going on in other countries, it made me open my eyes again to how privileged I am. Then again, as the farmers always said, with a little bit of faith and hope everything will be fine! And it turned out to be!
My days passed so quickly, maybe it was because of the jet lag and I woke up at 4 AM each morning and went to bed at 7 PM the first week.
All the time that we had I mostly ate, slept and spent time with my family, that is what it is all about, isn’t it? Seeing your family after so long! But I would be lying if I said all the time.
I took a day or two to just admire the beauty of Africa
- The people
- The buildings
- The old traditional huts
- The animals
- The clear sky
- Each night having a million stars above you
- People driving on the wrong side of the road
- The food
- The languages
- The club music
- The traditional music
I heard a lot of people saying “don’t go there, it is dangerous”, well everywhere is dangerous.
I’m not going to lie and say it is the safest place on the planet but I would be lying if I said it’s not worth the visit.
My final days couldn’t go slow enough, I spent my time saying goodbye to old friends, saying hello to new LGBT+ friends I met along the way, eating as much traditional food as I could and just spending time with loved ones!
And of course, seeing the most powerful animal ever that made me realize how small I am, the elephant.
I don’t want to bother you further with my amazing trip, so I will leave you with …
If you ever feel like getting lost in nature, taking hiking trails that will lead you to unknown places, climbing in caves and seeing drawing from millions of years ago, jumping in pure mountain water, feeding any animal that you desire, talking with the natives and learning their ways, getting to know a few more LGBT+ bars and people along the way, beating the heat and cold and well maybe just finding yourself under a million stars… I know a place.
Feel free to take a trip there, I promise it will be an adventure of a lifetime!