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March 20th 2015
Published: March 21st 2015
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March 20, 2015 (Siteki, Swaziland) Friday was our final day in clinic/surgery at Good Shepherd although we have some inpatients over the weekend and will drop by to see them before leaving the country. Helen Pons has been an amazing hostess left for Durban today, so it is pretty much a fraternity here on the farm. We had several surgery cases to finish up from Thursday's schedule...fortunately most were under local anesthesia. We then also were summoned by VIPs from the royal family to do some consultations which took up most of the morning. After winding things up in the clinic, saying good bye to the staff, we headed back for a late lunch to the farm. Jono then took us flying in his 4-seater, giving everyone a view of the farm, the Lubombo Mountains, and Siteki from the air. I attached my GoPro camera to the plane, but unfortunately it reset itself and no video of the flights were captured...disappointing. But we now know that you can safely attach it to the plane and it will stay attached! Jono had a farm tour to give the Bethany First team, so we chilled for a few hours and then left for dinner at a game preserve close to Siteki for dinner at the restaurant there. We had a great time reminiscing about the week, laughing plenty. On the way back stopped for some ice cream and a round of Amarula under the stars finished up the evening. While sitting outside, we decided it was time to roast coffee, so several of us got a lesson in coffee roasting and roasted enough Mabuda Farm coffee for the next few weeks. An interesting process, we all opted for the dark roast double cracked flavor and have a stash to bring home with us. The evening air was warm and humid - air blowing in from the Indian Ocean, making it feel tropical and exotic as it really is.

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