Departure from the LSEs and volunteers on Friday was difficult, but we knew that they were not new to the comings and goings of volunteer teams from the US. Somehow, that made leaving them just a little bit easier for me. Plus, most of the LSEs and volunteers have Facebook accounts so even from the other side of the world, we knew we could stay in touch.
One thing I didn't touch on was what happened during our nightly debrief meetings. Almost without fail, there was always a story from one team that would touch us all and give us pause. But right along with those stories were stories of hilarity and fun. Thursday night, Amy asked the teams to act out (charade fashion) the most memorable event from that day. Here are just a few of the action shots of that night.
|Beth and Dustin-no, she didn't really hit him but it sure looks like she is about to.|
|I sure wish I could post the picture the immediately followed, but it might get someone fired from their job.|
|And I say again, don't ask.|
Saturday we had all day as a free day before the first part of the team left. Since their flight didn't leave until midnight, a bunch of us had the opportunity to go to a safari. We were very excited about that until we realized it meant we'd have to leave the house at 5:30am. Nevertheless, 8 of us braved the early alarm and hopped in the van to make it to Aquila which was about 3 hours away. About an hour away from the house, I realized I had left my memory card in my roommates computer as I was uploading pictures to Facebook the night before.
I seriously thought I was going to cry. But my sweet friend Jaina had a camera similar to mine and she let me take pictures with hers while she videoed. And was it worth it! Being so close to these amazing animals was stunning! In fact, there was a point where it was so beautiful and surreal that it brought tears to my eyes. I would have felt silly about that until I turned around and there was someone else doing the same thing! We had the best tour guide named...wait for it...ROMEO.
Sunday would be our last night in South Africa and it would prove to be a memorable evening at that. Stay tuned...