I did jump off a hill – My WordCamp Cape Town Story


Remember how I said I felt like jumping off a bridge, well I did, only this time it was off signal hill in Cape Town and it was AMAZING. Signal hill used to be called Lion’s Flank (now obsolete) with a height of about 1150ft, atop this beautiful hill that surely flanks Lion’s Head Mountain, signal flags were used to communicate weather warnings to visiting ships to ensure they were adequately prepared for stormy weather.

MJ after WCCT2017

Amazingly today is also my birth day and I am ever grateful to my mom and my creator for raising and keeping me always in love, great health and happiness.

Around the middle of this year I had wanted to attend a summer school on E-Governance in Estonia, I applied for a Schenghen visa through the embassy of Belgium and submitted my application at the VFS centre in Lekki, even though they held my passport for over two months and subsequently denied my application for reasons best known to them, I am grateful they did.

You can’t imagine all the amazing people I have met between June and today. First I met Anubhav at the VFS centre on that day, he takes amazing photographs and loves to travel, and he is also launching his travel blog soon so watch out for that.

Next, I met more awesome individuals at our different monthly WordPress Meetups. In September I applied to speak at WordCamp Cape Town and WordCamp Harare, I got accepted at both, applied for Visas to both countries. Zimbabwe denied for reasons best known to them as well (I won’t lie, I was furious, I really wanted to meet the awesome women at WCHRE2017), South Africa approved my entry.

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Folks will say build your travel history to enable approvals, I call it BS, Embassies take note here, I cannot build a travel history if you all keep denying me like that. I have absolutely no desire to go become a liability in another man’s land, I want to explore cultures, discover and experience the environment.

Anyway, my trip to Cape Town was amazing; I had stopovers in Addis Ababa, the airport was beautiful, welcoming, airport staff were all smiles and courteous, immigration were good looking young individuals, hotel staff was friendly and supportive.

Oh my, everyone at WCCT2017 were beautiful, supportive, friendly and amazing individuals and that is an understatement. At first i was a little nervous before i got on stage but fet at ease after a few minutes. I felt like i was home. I got a lot of positive feedback, made a lot of new friends and inspired a lot too.

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If I had to post all the pictures I took at WordCamp Cape Town 2017, you would be overwhelmed with love. Hey I even did golfing in heels..hahaha.

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I do want you to bask in the love I felt throughout my trip so I made a picture story for you to watch.

Surely, you don’t think I will finish this post without showing you how I jumped off signal hill right? Of course not, I meant it, I jumped OFF and it was super fun, was I nervous? Hell yeah I was at the beginning of the trip. Hahaha

Hope you had fun reading about my trip to Cape Town and watching the videos?

I am still receiving birthday gifts, i have been blessed a lot this day by my creator and i am thankful…so now I want to add two needs before my day end.

  1. I need either a MacBook Pro or an ASUS Transformer 3 Pro T303UA
  2. I need a Canon EOS 6D Mark II

So what did i learn on my journey to Cape Town?

  • People are important. Building positive relationships are too.
  • You only live once.. #TrueStory
  • Knowledge and experience sharing via blogging and speaking is beautiful and inspiring..what do you think?
  • And of course, WordPress is BAE

My Speaker Slide here – WordPress Gave Me the Perfect Identity (3)

My talk coming soon on WordPress.TV and story on HeroPress.com

If you would like to view the entire Photo Album thanks to Elizabeth Payne from WordCamp Cape Town 2017, Click here.

6 thoughts on “I did jump off a hill – My WordCamp Cape Town Story

  1. Waoh, Mary this might be a dream come alive…..! You were really “off your heels” Amazing story and encounter there…!

    Happy belated birthday to you.

    Keep pressing Mijob…..!

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  2. C.T.A. Milton Job MBE November 20, 2017 — 8:37 am

    Congratulations for the WP SA trip and for sharing your amazing and wonderful experience. New opportunities and possibilities are within your grasp. Every blessing.

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    1. Amen Sir, Eshey pupo Grandpa😍😍😍😍💋💋💋💋

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  3. Nice one Mary.

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