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South Africa Update by Forrest Brown

June 18, 2012

Trying to describe South Africa has proven difficult for me so far on this trip. A few hours in the car can take you from a wide open landscape of bush to a mountain panorama filled with trees and breath taking water falls, from a modern busy city to enormous shanti-towns of haphazardly constructed shacks made of scrap-metal, from the ferry to Nelson Mandela’s prison on Robben Island to the Cape of Good Hope, Africa’s most south-westerly point. I think it is these juxtapositions that make South Africa such an exciting, awe-inspiring, and challenging place to be so far in this trip I’ve seen elephants, lions, even a honey-badger, I’ve helped to cut almost a kilometer of barbed wire that could injure or kill wild animals, participated in a controlled burn of a strip of grassland, seen a winery, a prison, and learned about the complex history of the country. But even with all of these experiences under my belt, I know I have only scratched the surface of what I can do, have only caught a glimpse of all that this country is. As we prepare to start building a house for a family that desperately needs it, I can’t wait what my next experience will be.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellen Pomeroy permalink
    June 18, 2012 7:52 pm

    Thank you, Forrest and Bill for the update!!
    Ellen Pomeroy

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