As you may be aware I have been selected for the 2017 MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP and as a result of this prestigious opportunity, I will be spending two months in the United States of America (USA). Yes, you read right – I AM IN AMERICA BABY.
What is the Mandela Washington Fellowship you may ask?
Well…in a nutshell…
“The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, the Fellowship will provide up to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.”
So, the day for travel to the USA (June 15) finally arrived. My last few weeks at work had been so busy that I did not even had an opportunity to truly get excited and let the fact that I will be in the USA for two months truly sink in. But when June 15 arrived it all started feeling real and when I arrived at the airport it finally dawned on me that IT WAS REALLY HAPPENING!!
All the 1000 fellows from Sub-Saharan Africa were flying out to the USA on June 15 from various airports. Since I live in Cape Town I flew out from Cape Town International Airport, along with my other Cape Town based fellows. Our flight was scheduled to fly out pretty late (11pm) but it worked out perfectly as we were all very exhausted from the busy work schedules we had over the weeks leading up to our departure.
We were all flying out to different parts of the USA as we have all been placed at various institutions across the USA, but since many of us were in connecting flights via Amsterdam, Netherlands we were all traveling together on the first leg of the journey.
Twenty (20) hours & two flights later – first on KLM from Cape Town to Amsterdam and then Delta Airlines from Amsterdam to Atlanta – I ARRIVED AT HARTSFIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA. My home for the next 6 weeks!
I will be keeping you informed of my Atlanta, Georgia & other parts of the USA adventures over the next 2 months so keep following my blog.
Here are my favourite highlights from my 20 hour travel to the USA –
Arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Stay following my bloggettes as I will be keeping you updated on all my America adventures.
Until next time