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Oct 20, 2011 - What a Week

I am so sorry that I have not been keeping up with my blog. It has been an insanely busy week and I just haven’t had time to get on internet, let alone write an entire blog! I think the last time I blogged was Friday, so lets start with Saturday! Saturday was the last day Libby and I had dhaggaboys (the house we stay in) to ourselves. We had finished most of our work for the week so we had a very leisurely morning, waking up at 9 and staying in our pajamas to watch a movie on M-net. Eventually we made our way to the offices where we...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Oct 14, 2011 - Painting, painting, and more painting

The last three days have been fun filled and paint filled days. Wednesday, Libby and I woke up early to finish painting all of the numbers to hang up in the schools (Tizameleni, Akani, and the school for the children in the staff village). When we finished the numbers, Libby, Lindsay, and I drove into the village where we spend four hours - the hottest four hours of the day, mind you - painting more tires. Unlike last time, we were painting over the black primer with very bright colors and designs. These tires will be used to make a sand...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Fun under the African Sun

Well the last three days have been the hottest days of my trip, but just as fun regardless. On Sunday, Libby and I decided to sleep in and not set our alarm. We didn’t get out of the house until about 9:30, by which time Lindsay and David had already gone into the village for community tours. That morning we spent a few hours finishing up some work on the computer, but when we went back to our house for lunch we decided to take the rest of the day off. After lunch I went to the staff pool to try to cool down (like I said, these past couple...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Oct 8, 2011 - Living the Life

I love it here. It’s as simple as that. I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed as I am here. It’s because there is absolutely no stress. I’m not trying to balance school and work and volunteering and friends and family and so much more. I’m simple enjoying my life and living my life! I love it!! The night before last was so much fun. First we went to bush drinks. Bush drinks is something the lodge does for it’s guests, and Dane let us come along. It’s a surprise for the guests- they get dropped of during their game drive at a clearing in...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Oct 6, 2011 - Work Days!

The past two days have been very busy! Yesterday we spent all day in Nelspruit buying school supplies for Tizameleni. It takes three hours to get into town- that’s almost like having to drive to Tahoe anytime you want to go to the supermarket or really any store other than the little food and housekeeping shop they have at Ulusaba. I can’t imagine making that trek any time I want to shop!! It was a very long day hopping from shop to shop and getting as much as possible as quickly as possible. We went to about six shops for school...

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Oct 4, 2011 - Dumphries

The last two days we have gone into Dumphries, the village that Libby and I will be working in for the next three weeks. Yesterday, after spending the morning brainstorming ideas for the rhino awareness booklet and painting alphabet letters (and unfortunately discovering that the paint does not wash off of your hands), we joined five Ulusaba guests and Dave, the man that works at Pride n’ Purpose with Lindsay, on a community tour. Dave, Libby, and I left around 10:30 and drove to the Dumphries gate where we met the guests and left for the...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Oct 2, 2011 - Pride n' Purpose

Well I can tell the next twenty days are going to be pretty wonderful. I left Djuma yesterday, which was surprisingly sad as I’d only been there for four days. But I loved the staff so much and saying goodbye is never fun. But I hope, and truly believe, that I will go back some day and see them all again. Luckily, before I left Nicci found time to take me on a quick drive and teach me stick shift. She said I am very good for a “first time stick”. Who knew thatA was one of the things I would learn from this trip was how to drive a...

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Sep 30, 2011 - Dixie Village

This morning I woke up at 5:30am for the 6:00am game drive. It was a great drive! We saw six male lions and one female (spread out in three different groupings), a few giraffe, some elephants, five hippos, and much more. Even though I was tired as it was so early, I had a great time and can’t wait to do another morning safari tomorrow. After the game drive I went back to my room to take a shower and put on my Dixie shirt. I then met up with Texon and the one other couple staying at the lodge this morning, and we drove into Dixie village....

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Sep 29, 2011 - Inventory!!!

Today was surprisingly fun for what I ended up doing. Originally I was supposed to go into the village today, but the village elder/teacher I am meeting had meetings all day so we are going in tomorrow. After breakfast this morning, Patience gave me a tour of her spa. I then joined Nicci in the office to see what I could do to help out at the lodge for the day. Nicci had me join Jacob with inventory. The two of us went from storage center, to laundry room, to curio shop and counted any and everything. Though it was swelteringly hot and...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Sep 29, 2011 - Djuma Vutayela

I feel like a queen! This morning I had tea on the deck with the girls and then they drove me to Djuma Vuyatela, where they work and where I am staying for the next three nights. Today I have a day off to just relax and enjoy myself, and tomorrow Texan is taking me into Dixie. There were no other guests in the morning, but later in the day a mom and her two girls (6 and 9) and an older couple joined me. The lodge is going to be very quite while I’m here… another reason I’m so lucky. They have given me a room that would usually be for a...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Sep 27, 2011 - Back to the Bush

Today was rather non-eventful, but still very fun. In the morning I said my goodbyes to Sharon and went to the airport to catch a plane to Nelspruit. At Nelspruit, Jessie and Nicci from Djuma picked me up. Jessie is the head chef and Nicci is the manager of Djuma. They are both young (late twenties/early thirties) and so much fun to be around. When they picked me up, we ran a few errands around Nelspruit and Hazyview. We then stopped for sushi (I didn’t think I’d get that in Africa!) and headed back to the lodge. Hanging out with Nicci...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Jan 6, 2008 - About to board for Mpumalnaga

First thanks to all who called my parents last night. I knew that my motehr would be frantic if she heard nothing from us. We now have our cell phone and will call later today (it is currently 2:45 am in the US) and also get them set up on Skype. Our number is 082 379 5742 and incoming calls to us are free if any of you are inclined to call. (If you are considering this I highly recommend that you visit onesuite.com and buy minutes from them.) E-mail is more cost efficient and I should have access until 1/14. So first impressions. I am...

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