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Apr 19, 2015 - Fugitives' Drift Lodge to St Lucia

Saturday 18th April 2015 Fugitives’ Drift Resort to St Lucia Today after we had breakfast at the lodge, we packed up and set off again, this time back to the main road and drove south east down towards the coast. We left at 10am and by about 1:30pm, we stopped for a short break and some lunch by the side of the road, then continued on, arriving at St Lucia around 3:30pm. We did a bit of shopping and some reconnaissance of the fairly small town, back for a beer out the back of the flat near the pool. We watched a hilarious game show on...

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Dec 11, 2011 - Deep Sea Fishing

On my last day in St Lucia I decided to try my luck fishing in the Indian Ocean. I went out with a charter at 6:00am and we were out until about 1:00pm having the time of our lives. The crew consisted of me, an Austrian and two Afrikaaners who were father and son. The boat was skippered by Archie, a St Lucian native. We should have known it was going to be a good day when the first fish landed turned out to be a marlin which is a pretty rare catch. We each caught a fish with mine being a dorado---which I'm told is the best eating fish of...

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Dec 10, 2011 - Final Days in St Lucia

As my time in St Lucia comes to a close I decided to spend a quiet afternoon on the balcony thinking about the past eight weeks. I arrived here knowing very little about the country, culture and people but I'm leaving with a lifetime of memories. Set against the soundtrack of John Mayer and Lady Gaga ( the music I hands down heard the most), I experienced something new each and every day. All I had to do was look and I'd see a new type of insect or a different species of bird. Just when I'd think I'd seen it all, there was more---a monkey...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Dancing at the Creche

At the creches (day care centers) the kids always sing and dance at the end of our visit---and their talent is amazing. I wish you could all see it in person because it is really impressive. I could watch it all day long. This week I captured some of the dancing on my camera but I used the default camera settings which made the file gigantic. I've reduced it as much as I can and the quality is no longer very good but I still think it's worth watching. I'll warn you that it will probably still take 5 minutes or so to load. Sorry about...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Christmas Carols

Our morning of activities in Khula on World Aids Day didn't end there. There was also an education session in Ezwenelisha that afternoon with a nurse from the local clinic as the keynote speaker---followed by an impressive performance of Zulu dancing by a group of young guys. On December 2nd the Peace Corps volunteer in Khula, Danielle, also arranged a World Aids Day event featuring live music, speakers, education, etc. Two other Peace Corps volunteers participated in that and I had a really nice conversation with them. That evening it was...

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Dec 3, 2011 - World Aids Day Part 1

World Aids Day was December 1st. Since HIV/Aids awareness is an integral part of what African Impact does in the community, all of the volunteers and staff participated in the programs we arranged for that day---and what a fun day it was. Our group started the day by walking from St Lucia to a soccer pitch in Khula (about 5 miles). It was a nice way to get the word out and once we reached Khula we were joined by both kids and adults in the community for games and education. Check out Part 2.

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Dec 3, 2011 - World Aids Day Part 2

Next up after our 5-mile walk to Khula was a soccer game involving local boys and African Impact. We played sleeves vs no sleeves which actually proved to be a good way to separate the teams. Like boys everywhere they didn't want the local girls to play but they weren't able to exclude the female volunteers. :-) It was the first time I played in a soccer game since 8th grade and I played accordingly. I figured I better play defense and for the most part I held my own. One could argue that I should be able to do that since I am a full-grown...

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Nov 26, 2011 - South African Travel

I will be leaving St Lucia on Monday, Dec 12th and have made significant progress in planning my future travels. By now you are probably aware of my plans for the overlanding trip from Cape Town to Nairobi, but I have now firmed up my plans for the one month that I will be traveling in South Africa. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will start out by spending one week in the Drakensberg mountains which are about a 5-hour drive from St Lucia. The mountains are on the western edge of Kwazulu-Natal and border the independent country of...

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Nov 25, 2011 - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to All! I have found great pleasure in keeping this blog, primarily because of your support and encouragement. Thanks so much. As you might imagine, Thanksgiving Day was just another working day in South Africa but that doesn't mean that the African Impact group considered it an ordinary day. An American couple living in St Lucia invited our entire group over in the evening to join them for a Thanksgiving dinner. Laura and I are the current American representatives of our group so we decided to bake pumpkin pie. A visit...

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Nov 20, 2011 - Perspectives

A friend recently asked in regard to my stay in St Lucia, "Are you loving it, liking it or just soldiering through it?" I love it ---and a 20-minute walk through the community this week helped me put things in perspective. I particularly enjoy the chance to establish a rapport with the people. This can be something as simple as a smile and "ngiyabonga" ("thank you") from a grandmother I've just helped out of a car, a friendly wave from a man working in a field as I walk by or the recognition and warm welcome I always get from members of the...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Graduation

Once again the African Impact group was the recipient of a great honor---we were invited to attend the graduation ceremony at one of the schools we visit in Ezwenelisha. The ceremony was for both Grade R, which is like our kindergarten, and for Grade 7. Starting in January the Grade R graduates will move on to 1st grade. The 7th graders will begin high school which runs from 8th-12th grade. The ceremony was literally an all day affair. We arrived at 10:00 and didn't leave until about 4:00. The ceremony itself consisted of a countless number...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Continuing Plans

I've reached the half-way point of my stay in St Lucia and the time has come to make plans for when I depart here. I have decided to stay in Africa at least through the middle of February and will travel in South Africa and some of the surrounding countries. After giving the matter serious thought, I've decided to rent a car after December 12th and to first drive to the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa which is the site of some of the most spectacular scenery and hiking in the country. I will then follow the coast and continue on to...

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