Where did you go?
South Africa. We landed in Johannesburg, traveled Southeast until we hit the coast, then traveled up through Swaziland and Kruger National Park until we hit the Northeast corner of the country, then drove back to Johannesburg. Lots of stops in-between, mostly villages.
How long were you there?
About 16 days.
When did you go?
The end of May, 2014.
What is one of your favorite moments from your time abroad?
There were a lot. I’m not sure I can really give a definitive answer. A very humble and comforting memory is when we retired to bed and Matt McGugan and I would just talk to Lebo, our driver, for hours. Laughing, telling stories, trading cultural oddities. I remember Lebo thought it was hilarious that it’s a common misconception that ostriches stick their heads in the sand when they’re scared.
If you had the chance to go back, what would you like to do?
I’d like to visit all the villages we went to again and find everyone I met. I promised many of them I’d bring my girlfriend for them to meet.
What was one of your most interesting food experiences?
I ate a giraffe steak. That was pretty interesting. It’s chewy and has a better flavor than beef, in my opinion.
What advice do you have for students going to South Africa in the future?
Be open. Listen well. Live in the moment. Cut off ties with home if you can, even if you have the opportunity to go to an internet café. Try everything. Even the mopane worms. I didn’t try mopane worms and I regret it immensely.
Interview by Aubrey Johnson