wk2 of Project.
and so we continue. By this point I’ve begun to fall in love with Capetown, but I know its temporary. In have an adventure tour I’ll be sampling more of South Africa. But for now here is the final week of project.
Apart from the fence that was being put up at Priscilla’s creche, there is also the a shade roof that we’re building at Sarah’s creche which is run at the community centre. the South African weather is really beginning to show itself. because the community centre is quite a large open space there is more of a breeze here so the heat isn’t felt as much whereas in Priscilla’s which is located in the township, the shacks are cramped together and there is no place for the wind to creep into so it gets hotter alot quicker. Over the weekend we let the cement set on the poles and not its a matter of getting the finer details of the cross beams up so we can put the shade cloth up.
taking an easy night off. Back home we have tight as Tuesdays’ which traditionally meant $10 movie tickets although now its $11 and more if its in 3D. In South Africa, theres a bar called the German Locker down the road from where we were staying and they do 5R tequila shots. We were well behaved, we just know how to have fun.
catching another one of those moments today. Bex has a love for children and they just gravitate towards her. the energy of this little one and her passion was a joy to watch while on my break. another daisy ( yes I promise I will explain it)
this was indeed a challenging day. Sowing the shade cloth together. Creating the wire support and threading it across the length of the structure required some McGyver style improvisation involving a glove. The next part was to get the shade cloth up above the structure and then rolling it out and tacking it down. Yes the South Easterly came to ‘help’ by threatening to knock us off our ladders. It was successful in unravelling the shade cloth, leaving it flapping around only half tacked down. We we’re all in a daze, how were we going to safely climb up a ladder to try and catch the vagabond half of the shade cloth. Without thinking I shimmied up a door of the centre getting as close to the loose shade cloth as I can…. oh and being about half a metre away from the electric wire you see in the background there. My project leader was furious/worried about me but he was stuck on top of another ladder on the other side of the creche. I had fun, the shade cloth was secured and I returned to the ground un electrified.
the last day of project filled with bittesweet goodbyes to the kids. we had a party with them which involved cake and just taking countless photos and piggy back rides. It was rewarding seeing the fruits of our labour and it was even better being under the shade appreciating what it has to offer the community.
the last Saturday in Capetown and I’m going skydiving. It was only 9000 ft, not bad for a first jump. There were 7 of us including the pilot were cramped in the little cessna and I think I was more scared of the journey up to the jump point as I was sitting next to the door and not strapped to my tandem jumper. Should some sort of freak gust of wind manage to open the door I would have been plummeting without a parachute. Although to be fair it would have been a lovely way to go, i could see the ocean, the plains and table mountain as I went. But enough of the morbid talk. Yes I survived and want to go again.
more bittersweet moments today, out little group of 14 was to be cut into 9 as 5 went back home and the rest continue to the adventure tour. We head off to fly to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town where we were to join the other project. Today’s main agenda was to head to Jeffrey’s Bay to our backpackers and then back to Port Elizabeth to the Nelson Mandela stadium to see a double header match in the South African Cup of nations. It was my first time watching a live soccer match, and the atmosphere was buzzing with passion. Fans were decked out in their team colours, people were chanting and moving as one group to the beat of the large drums that they had bought in and vuvuzela’s were being blown left right and centre