Sometimes, beginnings don’t start out quite the way you planned. I didn’t plan to start my fellowship 6 weeks late but here we are. Pro tip: if you need a South African visa, allow yourself 6 months to 20 years to receive one. The system is terribly inefficient and I never got the answers I needed. My application exists in the void that is South Africa. *To hear the full extent of my visa troubles, ask me about it* I’m sparing you all the details for now. So, after many weeks of waiting and waiting and waiting for a visitor’s visa from the South African consulate, which would grant me permission to stay in SA for 9 months, we decided I couldn’t wait anymore! Plan B is a go.
Plan B is to go without a visa, as a tourist. The hold up- I can only go for 90 days. I’ll work on extending the visa once I arrive in South Africa. Not ideal, but not the end of the world. So finally, after many weeks of anticipation and being fully packed to leave at a moment’s notice, I set forth on my journey as a generation 12 Minerva Fellow from Union College. Join me as a document the highs and the lows, and everything in between. This, is Journeys in Joburg.