So... my computer is "on the fritz" and the hard drive may be broken so my tech communication has been minimal. That aside, the past few days have been great and the past few weeks have been refreshing, eye opening, and just down right awesome (sorry to sound like a 13 year old).
Yesterday some of us enjoyed the great American college pastime of talking at a coffee shop. It was a beautiful thing to sit with Kirstin and Cassy and realize that about month ago I didn't really know either of them and now we have shared this great experience and from that friendships have been formed. I had this same feeling/reflection sitting around the campfire listening to people sing and drum. We may not be "besties" for life but we will never forget our time spent here and the conversations, and that will always connect us. I will stop before I get to sound to much like Dawson's Creek but it has been a beautiful experience.
After coffee we took a minibus down to Cape Town and enjoyed Green Market Square and also got to meet Eggman, who has one of the biggest hats in the world. When we were looking for a bus to take us back to Mowbray a cabbie was calling out "Camp's Bay" and so we jumped on the bus to go to Camp's Bay. While on the bus we met Zack a kid from the area and he turned into our tour guide.
We toured the area and as we were eating lunch we had a conversation about how our lens has been changed. Before we may have just seen a nice beach town with stylish individuals but now we see families playing on the beach who were not allowed there about 15 years ago, waiters and waitress who seem to all be black but serving white customers, and a group of people who are working through change.
Last night the people from MaT came out to our Braai and it was nice to just get to talk to them. I had a great conversation with Anthea about connecting with youth and families and also about the education system in South Africa. I hope that I can take these lessons back with me and put them into action. Working with MaT and Anthea gave me a renewed joy for working with children, their families ,and communities.
One of the best parts of the evening was when Charles and Nate sang "Redemption Song'" by Bob Marley, best Braai ever