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.: Cape Town and More…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Greetings from the spectacular (and sunny, yay!) Cape Town! Since last
post, we have traveled along the coast of South Africa, catching
picturesque moments on the Indian Ocean and rolling mountains. We have
truly embraced the South African culture, as evidence by a below
picture of the life in downtown Cape Town. We spent the Lord’s day
hiking in Tsitsikamma (thanks for the spelling from a fellow
Africaaner!), ending our truck in a chilly (but refreshing!) waterfall.
Yesterday we captured table top mountain, with merely two hours later,
a white, delicate table cloth covering over. Thank the dear Lord for
cameras to capture His beauty and majesty. We miss everyone in the
states and do wish you could all be here to experience the joy and
beauty alongside of us. I must say, with nearly 5 days left, we are at
a bit of a dismay for we have all fallen in love with it here! God
bless you and we will be in contact again soon!

In Christ alone,

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.: Love from Port Elizabeth!!

Posted by {name}
Saturday, January 14, 2006

Hello to everyone from Port Elizabeth. We have just arrived here this morning on a plane from Johannesburg. It has been a day of putting on sunscreen and being blasted by sand and wind as we lay on the beach and swam in the Indian Ocean. We still have sand stuck between our toes and a few of us are a little crispy. Port Elizabeth is beautiful, it has a lot of fun shops and the water is very warm. The condos that we are staying in are right across the street from the beach. It is a nice change from the rainy weather that we have had in Johannesburg.

The trip so far has been excellent.

We spent three days in a rural, poor black village called Kgautswane.  It was definitely a change of pace for us—and with the 14 girls in one room, one outdoor toilet for 25(ish) people, and some unorthodox (at least for Americans) goat cooking methods, it was a challenge.  But the people that we met were amazing.  Between playing games and dancing with the kids (and showing them pictures of all of this on our digital cameras) and talking with some of the adults and teens, we got a pretty unique glimpse into a part of South Africa that many white South Africans know nothing about.  It’s definitely given us something to think about as we move on now and stay in amazing places, eat tons of amazing food, and drink all the water we want.

The visit to Kruger Park last week was quite exciting - we spotted many animals (zebras, giraffes, lions, hyenas, elephants, impala, and the occasional hefty bug) and had fun staying in little hut-like houses (as my roommate would say, “hut sweet hut!”). We also began doing our oral reports last week. Before embarking on our journey, all of us students prepared a 4-5 page paper on a south african topic of our choice, and during the trip we have been presenting them to each other. It’s been a great experience learning from each other about topics such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, AIDS and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. However, Marlin likes to count colloquial words such as “um,” “like yeah” and the ubiquitous “stuff like that.” In our spare time in the evenings, us students like to perfect our skills of card games such as “Up and Down the River.” It’s an awesome game, but more awesome if you play it in a sardine-packed white van. Also, Paul ripped off two of his precious toenails doing some creative water aerobics.  Don’t worry, it’s not slowing him down.  And we almost got hit by lightning three times.  Twice in Kgautswane (lightning actually struck the electric power line next to our metal outhouse), and also during our evening game drive in Kruger (we just happened to be next to one of the few power lines in this enormous natural reserve when a transformer blew).  So lighting not only struck the same place twice, but it’s also been following us around the country. Hooray!

Yesterday (Friday), we spent the day touring Soweto. We saw the world’s largest taxi station as well as some interesting ways of preparing meat. We got to see the houses of Desmond Tutu and Winnie Mandela, and we got to tour a house formerly occupied by Nelson Mandela. We also toured the Apartheid Museum. Last night, we spent the evening at the home of a family in Johannesburg. We had a traditional “braai,” or BBQ. We got to spend time with some South African university students. We had a good time getting to know people our age who have grown up in South Africa and we have made some new friends and African love interests… 

Anyway! Internet time is up.

with love from South Africa,
Candice (Syriana), Malari(a) and (Port) Elisabeth

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.: First Batch of Photos!

Posted by {name}
Thursday, January 12, 2006

Here are some photos from a recent visit to Kgautswane village:

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.: News From South Africa

Posted by {name}
Monday, January 09, 2006

Ali just called and said all is going well.  She said that they are all healthy—Praise God!!
The electricity there,when there is any, is sketchy so the internet contact is difficult from that standpoint as well.  She said they saw elephants, giraffes, and lions on their tour today!!
Just thought I would pass along the info.
God Bless,

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I just talked to Marlin. They will not able to get to a computer for 2 or 3 more days. They are all safe, enjoying themselves in Kruger Park, today in SkuKuza Camp. They were happy to see lions, along with many other wild animals! Sometimes it rains, and it is hot. Tomorrow they will drive to Blyde Lodge. Everything is going well!


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.: Hello!!!

Posted by {name}
Sunday, January 08, 2006

Hello to Ali and Cheryl.  How is everything in Africa???  We are doing well.  Sending our love and our prayers to you.

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Posted by {name}
Saturday, January 07, 2006

You shoud be in Kruger Park by now, enjoying the african scenery. Wishing all the luck in spotting the great 5!
I hope you had a good experience in Kgautswane village. The people there must have been thrilled to see Calvin students again this year!

Enjoy everything, you are not missing much here: always grey sky!

LOVE to Marlin,

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.: hey

Posted by {name}
Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hello to Megan and everyone else there hope everything is going great over there! We miss you here at Ontonagon :)

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.: test

Posted by {name}
Thursday, December 29, 2005

Nice to get a comment already before leaving home.  The comment from Lou Haveman wishes us well.  He worked in South Africa for about 6 years and opened many doors for us on previous trips.  Lou is now back in the US.

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.: Hello out there??

Posted by {name}
Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Hey guys, just thought I would christen the site…I got nothing else…see ya on the 3rd.

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.: Sample Entry

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

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