First of all, Happy Father's Day to all! Special shoutout to my own—wishing you the best of days from 7,682 miles away, Dad.
Way down here in the southern hemisphere, it's been a surprisingly productive Sunday. (Especially considering the amount of time I spent napping.)
Heba and I planned on going to 8:30am breakfast (as usual), and then ended up skipping it in favor of my new favorite way to wake-up: curling up on the bed in the empty room downstairs and reading a book while eating instant oatmeal with raisins. I repeat: who needs breakfast?! As tempting as the thought of eggs and bacon and whatever else they have in the caf is...
What else? I went for a fabulous run around the track again. It was thankfully deserted, so I could indulge my embarrassing new running habit of starting and stopping without any fear of judgment. Also, my abs HURT from playing CAPTURE THE FLAG yesterday—how is that even possible??! I'm ashamed. And while I hate how out-of-shape I've become, this is day two of what will hopefully become a running streak! It's just so much easier to go on weekends because there are so many people practicing for their sports teams (rugby, soccer, basketball, netball, etc.) after school on weekdays—gonna do my best to keep it up, though.
After yet another lovely HOT shower (amen), the interns got together in the staff room and got down to work on researching and planning our remaining trips for the summer. After much debate, we decided to splurge on an INCREDIBLE Airbnb in Cape Town (like has an outdoor pool with a view of the ocean and 15min from downtown). I've never seen more beautiful photos of a beautiful house before in my life. There are only 4 beds I believe, so people will have to double up in the Queen- and King- sized beds for the six nights we're there, but I doubt anyone will be able to complain considering how great the rest of it seems.
We also finally purchased our tickets to the Okavango Delta for the second weekend of July, though we found out that the hostel we planned to book is full. Sigh. So still not done planning that one.
Another super spontaneous idea that was floated was traveling to Cairo, Egypt for a weekend. I don't think anyone's certain about it yet, since it's a really steep price for the amount of time we'd have in the city after a seven-hour flight, but there seems to be some pretty serious consideration. It mostly inspired me to tally up how much of our stipend I've spent so far on plane tickets, accommodations, Choppies, etc., and that number in itself told me that I probably won't be able to make it.
Next, we saw Finding Dory at Riverwalk! Heba came with me to take money out of an ATM beforehand, and I'm super relieved to know I can take money out of I need to over the course of our trip. It was a cute, but I won't say more so I don't spoil it for anyone.
By the time the movie let out, it was about 7:30pm, so we had missed dinner back at school. Our group ended up splitting up—the Roxbury Latin boys all went to an all-you-can-eat steakhouse, and the six Harvards opted for Indian food at a restaurant called Embassy. We all drank mango lassi and Jazil taught me how to say "tikka" correctly. We absolutely destroyed six orders of family-style garlic naan (lol), chicken tikka, chicken korma (a cream/garlic sauce), lamb biryani (spicy rice), and some kind of extra spicy dry mutton dish for P710. It was delicious! And after a bit of taxi drama as we tried to split up the ten of us—one driver had a van that could fit six people, so ideally we would've split into one van of six and one regular taxi for four, but he was third in line so we had to pay P30 for three taxis of three, three, and four—we made it back and settled in for the night.
Week three, here we come!