30 hours 

30 hours is roughly the amount of time we took to go from Westtown to Cape Town. Our journey began when we left Westtown for the airport at 1:00 in the morning. The bus ride passed quickly because we were all sleeping soundly. Little did we know that would be the last little bit of solid sleep we would be getting until we landed in Cape Town just over a day later.

We got to the airport with about 3 hours to kill, but we needed all the time we could get because all of us are very bad at reading the signs and couldn’t find our check in location. We ended up wandering around a mostly empty airport for about 15 minutes before going back to where we started, which was ironically where we were supposed to be. Once we got our bags checked it was all pretty smooth sailing, and waiting. A few people tried to sleep in the terminal but most of us just wanted to wait till we were on the first flight to sleep.

The first flight was 6 hours to London and it couldn’t have been smoother, there was enough time to enjoy a movie and a nap. We even got to pick whatever seat we wanted on the plane because it was an empty flight. Everyone enjoyed it and had a nice time, some people even thought the food was delicious. When we landed in London we were all exhausted even though we had been able to sleep a few hours. Getting through security took up most of the time we had for the layover and by the time we made it to our terminal we were boarding.

This flight was 12 hours and none of us were worried about it because the first flight had been so smooth, but this one was terrible. No one could get comfortable enough to sleep and this food was not as good. It felt like it would never end. The hours went by so slowly and by the time we got off we were all sleep deprived and ready to go to bed, but we had made it successfully from Westtown to Cape Town in 30 hours.

-Caroline

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