The Time of My Life
We are 9 days into our South Africa trip and literally everything has been absolutely amazing. It has taken me so long to write this blog because it is just so much to take in. Anyway, as others have already mentioned in their blogs, our first weekend here was up in the mountains about 2 hours away at Educo Africa. The retreat at Educo was amazing. We were completely disconnected from time, technology, and all other things that we tend to consume our daily lives with. We hiked through the mountains and found small creeks that we all swam in. The water was so pure that we could refill our water bottles right there, and let me tell you, it was the best tasting water I think I have ever had in my life. At night we would sit around the campfire, play games, or just relax. You could see the stars so clearly at night you could literally see them twinkling. We also had the best and brightest view of the Milky Way, which was amazing. All in all, Educo was a very "freeing" experience for me and also a wonderful bonding time for the group. It made me realize the important things in life and how it's the little things we need to be happy and not the material things. When we left Educo, we got up for the sunrise and literally stayed up until sunrise the next day. Why? Because it was New Years Eve, so of course we had to. We all went to downtown Cape Town, had some appetizers, and enjoyed the unfamiliar surroundings. Long Street--a popular area for bars, clubs, etc.--was closed off to cars so a good majority of the celebrating was out in the street. There was also a huge parade after the ball dropped, even some small fireworks. It was a New Years Eve celebration that I will never forget. I am having the time of my life...I never want this experience to end.