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Pretoria, The Jacaranda city...and the Amazing Race Jo'burg

So i've been in Pretoria, Helpxing outside of the main city and it has been relaxing..life is slow out here but its nice. My job is to fill milk bottles for sale once they come into the field. I strain the milk and fill bottles, then during the day, people come around and buy some milk. It takes about 2 hours in the morning at 9am and 1 hour in theafternoon at 4pm. otherwise i just kind of hang around the fields/outisde with the calves/dog, or read.
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The family is so nice! We have lunch/dinner together and i've taken some more recipes from the grandma (there's a 5.5 month old in the house) so its gezellig..or Lekker as the south africans would say. Life is slow on a smallholding, but there's always talk of how to make things more efficient/easy for everyone, or new plants to grow or veggies or whatnot.
I visited the Voortrekker monument after seeing a Afrikaanse music festival, and went to Liliesleaf in Joburg. Lilies leaf is all about Nelson Mandela and the raid of those leaders who were in hiding, very interesting.
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then off to Joburg! I stayed with a few people I met in the Kruger..everything has just been working out :) I was supposed to stay one night and fly to Madagascar on friday, but they said there is an Amazing Race in Joburg, and that it may be the last one this year..so I delayed my flight until sunday (for free! THANKS SAA) and stayed on..teams dressed up all funky and awesome, I ended up joing a team as their hostage (they were the three bandits) and we got 10 clues to figure out about joburg, then we drove around frantically, fetching an egg, making a bet, obstables in parks and downing beer and shots and whisking eggs. It was great fun! and I got to see alot of joburg in one day :). The costumes were great, and it was all in support against Rhino Poaching, which is a huuge issue here in South Africa, shame.. Then off to a cool christmas party, then to pack for Mada.
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Posted by dutchnomad 08:31

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