Dear Cape Town, Nothing went as I had planned it out and I am now leaving you behind to fly back to Germany, with no apartment to return to and no intention to spend the next years in your city like I had thought I would. Still, I assure you that this is not going to be a final goodbye.
Because I still love you.
I love the seemingly endless ocean that you are located next to, the beauty of your nature, the relaxed lifestyle, the people, the festivals in summer, the beach days at Clifton, the markets, the hikes, the delicious restaurants, the sunset walks by the promenade and the energy that that had me hooked from the first day on.
I really want to thank you.
The time that I have spent living in Cape Town has been amazing and life changing. It was the kind of time that I will one day refer to as “my youth” and that I will proudly tell my grandchildren about.
I made incredible friends and I fell in love.
When I arrived in September 2016, I honestly didn’t think that I would leave Cape Town behind after only 9 months. At the same time, I also didn’t expect to fall in love and to be sitting on the plane back with an aching heart, thinking about how I am going to be missing a boy from Cape Town, who has changed my life around.
I know it didn’t go as I had planned it to.
I had initially planned to live in your city for the next 3 years, whilst studying at the University of Cape Town. I suppose right now would be the perfect time for me to drop in the generic saying: “Life is what happens whilst you are busy making plans.” I quickly realized that university in Cape Town didn’t feel right for me and together with a sickness in my family and the longing for certain aspect of European life that I never knew I would miss; I knew I couldn’t stay.
I am not going to permanently move back to Munich. The reasons that I left my home town was to be independent and to experience something new- I surely don’t want to give up on that. For the next months I want to travel again, because travelling inspires me and has always guided me in the right direction in life. During that time Munich will be my home base, but I am going to keep my eyes and heart open for new opportunities and places along the way.
I will see you again soon.
Don’t worry, I will be back in October when summer in South Africa starts again. During those months, there is no better place to be and I can’t wait to be reminded of why I fell in love with you in the first place.
I must admit that with all the personal ups and downs these last months, I have forgotten to value your charm, thus I think it is good that we take some time apart so that I can remember why I fell in love with you, Cape Town, when I first visited in January 2015.
Do we have a future?
It would be my dream to spend my life between Europe and Cape Town, always chasing the summer. Unrealistic you say? Maybe. But hey- one can dream.
For now, I am scarily free and unbound regarding my future. No plans. No apartment. To ties- just me and the unknown. I don’t know where my journey will go, but at this point all I can do is trust the path I am currently following.
Cape Town, I know this was all very unexpected, emotional and spontaneous- but it was an experience and that is what life is all about: experiencing, making mistakes and living.
Who knows: maybe one day I will permanently move back to you. Maybe one day I will have my kids playing at one of your beaches and then I am going to tell them about the best time of my life that happened right there.
I am going to tell them about the fun I had, the experiences I made and the people I met.
And I am going to tell them how I fell in love: with a boy and with a city.
Cape Town from above
View over Lion’s head from Table Mountain
Alex & me
Playing with the puppies at DARG in Hout Bay
My favourite view- the drive from the twelve apostles to Cape Town