We’re in our last week before finals, and everyone has begun reviewing. Teachers spend class time wrapping up lessons and going back to previous chapters, and students are way past the point of slacking off.

In nine days, the seniors will graduate, and the rest of the student body will begin their summer vacation. In 14 days, I will be boarding a plane and heading off to South Africa.

When I was little, we lived in London, and had a babysitter named Ali. Ali was from South Africa, had fiery red hair, and was as much a part of out family as my little brothers. When we moved back to the states, we would visit her on occasion. It’s been years since we last saw each other though.

This summer, my dad has set up a trip for me to go visit her for a month. I’ll get to meet her kids, who I have heard so much about, and see Cape Town. I am so excited, and can not wait.

Summertime can’t come soon enough.

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