Published: March 4th 2009March 3rd 2009
Last weekend Arcadia took all of us on a trip to a camp called high Africa. It was supposed to be about a 2 hour drive but instead it took closer to 4 hours because there was lots of traffic, and we got lost. It wasn't too bad though because it was a beautiful drive through vineyards and mountains. When we finally got to the camp we had dinner and then had some time to relax. We spent some time lying in the grass looking at the stars which was amazing- I didn't know it was possible to see so many stars! The sky was so beautiful.
In the morning we got up bright and early for some canoeing on the Breede River. It was really fun. In the middle of our canoe trip we stopped to rest and also there was a side stream that you could float down in your left vest. It was pretty entertaining just seeing everyone getting ready to do it, because you put the life vest on with your legs in the arm holes. so it's kind of on your butt. So we all looked ridiculous, but we had lots of fun floating down
the sunset on the way there was so pretty
the stream. When we got to the end of our canoe trip we all piled onto the back of a truck and went back to camp.
On Saturday Afternoon we had a class, which was going to the mayor's office so he could speak to us about rural life in South Africa, and also going to a farm (vineyard actually) to talk to the farm workers about farm life in South Africa. The farm workers have been working there for generations and generations. They don't get paid that well, but they said they are just happy to have electricity, running water, and toilets things that are so easy for us to take for granted. Right now is harvest time, so they pick grapes 12 hours a day, they said this is the worst part of their job.
When we got back we had a braai (barbecue), and time to relax and hang out. After the braai we had a camp fire and just had nice relaxing evening.
On Sunday morning we could climb a rock wall and do a high ropes course if we wanted, so I did both. It was fun, but it was really hot
out, so afterwards I went for a swim in the river. Then it was time to get ready to go home, and go back to school work.
There are more photos below