July 10, 2005

a few of my favorite things

-Coffee Bay
-Cape Town: Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Gardens; Green Market
-the phrase "is it?"--used instead of "really?" ie: (Person 1) "We want to volunteer in the Peace Corps." (Person 2) "Is it?" Sorry if I use this on you!
-the word "dodgey"--means "seedy" ie: "That dark, dank alley way looks pretty dodgey."
-Milk Tarts and Koeksisters!
-Rusks (kind of like biscottis)
-cheap food
-7th graders :)
-my church
-Crazy Concordians
-Dutch people and South Africans
-learning to blow fire and walking on hot coals
-the big rope swing
-the Garden Route
-etc., etc.

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home again!

Hey guys! After a 23-hour plane flight (including layovers) I'm finally back on American soil! I arrived Friday around 8:00 am. I have to say, it's good to be back in my home country! Actually, at the moment I'm at a Panara Bread Co. in Denver, CO. What a beautiful state! It reminds me of South Africa in a way--the mountains are gorgeous. It took us another 25 hours to drive here (with some friends from Portland Studios and Ben and Stephanie Young). The jet lag isn't as bad as it could be :).

I loved every minute of South Africa and I hope to visit again someday soon. You should visit--everyone must go to Cape Town sometime in their lifetime. But, you don't have to take my word for it ;-).

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July 04, 2005

almost the end

Hey guys! Last week in Hermanus with the kiddies was awesome! I had a group of 6th and 7th grade girls I was in charge of teaching the story of Jonah to. They were so cool--right at the age of starting to think about things critically. I would love to teach that age...

Over the weekend I stayed with my friend Helen and her family in Cape Town. Her mom was once a tour guide of South Africa so she took me to the Kirstenbosch Gardens (beautiful!! one of the prettiest places I've ever seen) and the Cecil Rhodes memorial which overlooks the city. Boy howdy, there's too much to do in Cape Town.

Helen had a birthday party that night, so we sokkied till the wee hours of the morning. Now I'm back in Stellenbosch doing errands, like closing my student account, selling back my bike, getting my luggage, etc.

Can't wait to see you when I get home! Though I'll HOPEFULLY be going to Colorado the day after I get back (new resolution: travel within America as much as possible). More adventures--yay!

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