Where to begin!! it all started on Thursday, July 1st when I got up at 7am to catch my flight from Aspen to Denver. In Denver I had to recheck in and then headed to my gate to catch my fligh to DC. Lukily, I got an upgrade to DC!!! When I arrived in DC, I met the girl who was going to be my roommate in Durban. With my dinner in hand, I got on my 16 hour flight to Johannesburg. I was easily entertained by the personal tv and decided to watch two movies. Only fours hours into the flight, I fell asleep only to be woken up. Seven hours in, we landed in Dakar, Sengal, picked up more passengers and continues eight more hours to Joburg (aka Johannesburg). With numb limbs, we arrived in Joburg, did the passport control and immigration. It wasn't until I rechecked my bag to durban that I discovered there was a hole in my bag!!! I also told the attendant the weight of my bag in pounds and realized I wasn't in Kansas anymore.
I explored the Joburg airport with my roomie and we saw the Brazil v. Netherlands games. Still upset. Then we proceeded to the gate and made our way to Durban. The Durban airport was as nice as the Joburg airport. It even smelled new. Then we got picked up by our drivber Roy. Roy is the crazy uncle that everyone wants who is friendly to you but hates everyone driving one the road. For example, three of us interns we in the car making our way onto the highway when we almost got into an accident. A bus almost hit us. Welcome to DURBAN!!! It was pretty funny but not to Roy. He is still talking about that accident.
Also, keep in mind that I left on Thursday morning and arrived in Durban on Friday night at 8pm. Anyway, we met our host family who are sooooo sweet. We discovered that not only to the have a pool but we have our own shower. Score. In order to bond with our host family we watched the Ghana v. Uruguay game. Still upset about that one too. We decided to go to bed and wash the airplane off ourselves. We discovered that not only did the shower not have a door, the shower head didn't move. Desperate we took our showers and ended up creating a lake in our bathroom. No worries, that is what a mop is for. I would write more but my minutes are running out on the internet. I'll keep you updated as much as I can.