Susquehanna University; Inter-cultural visit to South Africa, May 2014, Day 4,

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Taste of Africa is hosting 15 Creative Writing students from the Susquehanna University, (plus two Directors):

THIS IS SOUTH AFRICA:  enjoy KRUGER PARK SAFARI, while part of the South & African Culture,

LIVING IN VILLAGE HOME-STAY, Commencing in the Alexandra Township, and then 3 nights of Immersion in Zulu Culture, in a Village in the Nqutu area.  We then visit St Lucia for 2 nights, as we take some R&R, drive through Swaziland, and spend a night in a Swazi Village outside the Numbi Gate. A drive through the Panorama Route, a night in a Shangaan Village outside the Orpen Gate. A day-drive through the Park to Punda Maria, 3 nights outside the Punda Maria Gate in Cedric & Nettie’s home village, a night outside Pafuri Gate, with a Venda Community, (a night in the Art community in Elim, and then end with a night in Soweto), or 2 nights in Pretoria:

DAY 4:  19th May 2014       –     visit day 3:

The day I failed the group, but learnt from my mistakes during the school visit:

The drive from the accommodation to the school is a long one, and it took the village some convincing that the grouyp should walk. I would have love the group to experience the energy of the children scurrying to beat the discipline of arriving late at the gate. We were encouraged  to leave early, walked on our own, but, fortunately, three of the group experienced what we intended.

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And then another personal highlight, ox-head, cooked by Principal Mandla Nyembe, my best tasting ox-head meal ever: 

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Not too much excitement from the group:

Then our last night in the Zulu Village:  

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The three boys got the luxury accommodation:

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Cedric’s personal comments:

The experience wass not quite what we intended but we learnt a lot from it.

Sorry 2014 group, but the groups who follow will benefit from this experience.

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