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This is my final posting for the South Africa blog. Surrounded by suitcases ready to be filled, it’s time to pack up belongings and memories and return to New York.
What a wonderful adventure this has been! As I look over the blog postings, I’m reminded of the welcoming school children, the dedicated educators and conservationists, the amazing animal life, and the natural beauty everywhere I looked.
Mr. Eckert’s fourth graders at Cottage Lane recently participated in a live class with Mr. Tuohy’s grade four learners in Cape Town, South Africa. The 65 students joined together in a class discussion, shared joint online posters they’d created, and even sang and danced together. In other words, we all had a blast!
Every country has wealthy people, poor people, and many people in between. For many years in South Africa, black people were not allowed to go to school. Without education, they couldn’t get good jobs to support themselves and their families. Here’s the result.
One of the most pleasurable parts of visiting a different culture is enjoying the local food. Here’s a sampling of popular dishes in South Africa….
I’m fascinated by road signs…. especially when I’m in a different country. Talking directly to me, they’re a reminder I’m no longer in New York. As Dorothy would say, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore”.
Let’s be honest. American money is a little bit…..well, you know…..b-o-r-i-n-g. I mean, it’s all the same size, all the same color, the faces of the dead presidents aren’t that interesting to look at, are they? Take a look at the South African bills. Don’t you think they’re much more interesting?