Well here I am, in the heart of Joburg, learning what it feels like to be in the working world I was always dreaming of being in. It's day number three at work, it's going quite slow but I'm trying to learn as much as I can.
After the 12 hour journey to get here I was very tired so I slept at my friend's place. She really is warm and welcoming and I must say that it is quite a refreshing find. The weekend was...well the weekend was the weekend and you know the saying...what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...well in this case...you follow :) .
Got to work and it is so posh and everything is so technical. Imagine working in an environment where every second word is terrabyte and meta tabs and all this cyber and digital lingo. I feel lost. Almost everyone owns a blackberry, galaxy, ipad or tablet, with the exception being myself with my R100 Vodafone which only sends sms and receives calls.
Almost everyone is driving, ok there are a bit of us who don't own cars so at least in that regard it is not as overwhelming. I had panick attacks yesterday and I seriously wanted to go home as in yesterday. Today I feel better. I miss home and I'm trying desperately not to think about them as much so I may get the job done.
Everything is expensive and I never knew you could sell some of the things they sell in downtown Jozi. My word! Like they sell everything. There's take-away vetkoeks in the mornings by the taxi's and whatever else you can find. Oh my goodness. Like really, whatever else you can find. Like this past sunday my friend and I were walking from town back to the apartment and on the way there's this guy with a scale and he goes "Khwela nasi iskali Sisi sibone ukuthi uyafa noma cha" (Jump on the scale sister to see if you're dying or not) I really laughed. And another one saw us walking and was like " Sanibonani bo Sisi, ni bhorekile, asambe siyeni ebumnandini" (Hello Ladies, are you bored? Let's go and have some fun). It's crazy, you don't need to answer them, they just carry on.
There's upmarket people and downmarket people. I've seen homeless people from where I come from but the one's I've seen here take the cake. Like in the middle of town they are lying there like they are in their own bedrooms. Complete with bedroom linen and all! And no, don't think that just because it's now day time and people are walking by and making a noise they will wake up...no they sit, like they're expecting a cup of coffee or something and they are not shy to invite you should you stare long enough, oh my word.
Other than that, I'm taking each day as it comes. Each moment slowly, absorbing as much as I can. This is my new blog which my boss has shown to me. Let's see what it has in store. I'm looking forward to it opening up my eyes to the digital world. I have always found it to be very confusing, still do. But I'm hoping but the end of it I will have a few terms myself that you guys don't know about. Mmm? We'll see :) .