Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
11Trip End Dec 21, 2008
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Friday we drove to the Drakensburg mountains, where we all stayed in a big cabin without electricity and cooked over a campfire. Saturday we were free to relax and hike. I got up really early with a few friends to see the most amazing stars I have ever seen and go on a sunset hike, which was really beautiful. Later in the morning a big group of us set off for an 18 km hike, which took all day and had some amazing views- we even saw a few baboons!
Sunday we left and drove to Impendle, the rural community where we stayed. We got to the town and found out that we are the first foreigners to ever stay in the town, which was apparent by the number of stares we got. We were paired off and dropped off at our new homes for the next few days (there is a whole story with the dropping off, involving lots of cows and dogs and trying to drive a minibus with a trailer around tiny country roads to find houses of people who all have the same names, but anyway...)
Monday we shadowed some home-based care givers on their rounds to various sick people in the community. This organization is really inspiring, it is a group of dedicated women who volunteer to visit people in their homes in order to bathe them and offer general support. At the end of each visit all of the women sing a beautiful prayer, a very powerful and emotional thing to experience in a round hut in the middle of nowhere Africa. We also had a lecture from various people of the community- a nurse who runs the local health clinic, a social worker, someone from a local non-profit organization, and the woman who runs the home-based care organization
We are now back in Durban and happy to see our Cato Manor families. We have another rural homestay in October, so it will be very interesting to compare all of these different communities we are able to become a part of. There are a ton of other stories that I could tell about this weekend, but this is already long, so I'll stop for now!
ps- here is a link to some more pictures... http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2065593&l=95f43&id=7205945