The lion sleeps toniiigghttt

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
Trip End May 19, 2009

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Flag of South Africa  , Gauteng,
Thursday, September 18, 2008

I was walking through the airport in Johannesburg when it hit me, I'm in Africa! My whole life, Africa was a place defined solely by Disney (particularly "The Lion King"), National Geographic, Animal Planet, and Planet Earth. I'm there... I'm here... It's amazing. There's hills, almost bare but living trees, and long brown grass... just like the movies. It's surreal. I'm in the Southern Hemisphere! To put that in perspective, you would have to travel below half of Brazil to just cross the equator, much less go as far south as I am. Also, I gotta say that it's really nice to be back in a place where everyone speaks english (although I've caught myself a few times talking to people in my slow, clear, stupefied english because I assume they don't speak my language well. Bad Assumption.)

The flight here was long, and I didn't sleep much, but that's in the past already. (whats another 5 hours on a 13 hour time difference anyways?) The YFC - CYARA campsite is really nice. Its a stunningly gorgeous facility, about an hour removed from the major city. I took a hike to the crest of one of the hills behind the campsite, and when I got to the top, there was a giant rocky gorge on the side. I probably hiked up 300 feet and the view from above was incredible. I tried to snap a few pics with my new phone (Nokia n73, 3.2 Megapixel Zeiss lens), but I'll be going back soon with the good camera (I'm thinking sunset would be baller.)

I get the feeling that General Assembly is going to be sweet this year. I've met a lot of really nice people already, who are here early to help pull things together for the conference that starts Friday, with over 700 people from as many as 99 different countries. I've explained about a million times what I'm doing, because I don't fill any of the traditional YFC roles. (Basically everything I said in that AIM conversation a few posts ago, I've been telling everyone here.) I'll be working with the operations crew during the conference to help with video, sound and lights. I've been spending some time with Jon and Byron, the main tech guys here. I'm bunking in a room with 6 beds, 1 bathroom, and barely enough space for anything else, but I think it'll be fine. There are already some guys here in my room from a small city on the west coast of South Africa. I think they're moving out soon though, and the guys from Thailand are going to move in.


P.S. - The operations and logistics manager down here graduated from Worthington Christian and grew up in Galena... it really is a small, small world.
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faith31391 on

at least SOMEBODY's updating on what's going on and dad haven't told me anything lol. how's the actual conference been so far? did you know that i was baptized at the last GA? the conference was so much fun, and very fulfilling!
things here are good, in case you were wondering. :P the hw load is crazy this week, but otherwise, nobody's killed anyone yet. :)
we miss you and your lively enthusiasm! tell my parents that i said hi!

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