The next morning, i had the chance to view the gorgeous surrounds. Tall pine trees, even taller mountains, some teepees, it was like an american ski town without the snow or ski slopes. The town has art galleries, coffee shops and other specialty stores. The microbrewery was disappointing, but was a nice alternative to the (crappy) usual beer we drink.
The other 4 family members had tickets to watch some World Cup action, but I was just along for the ride. I did, however, get sucked in to the fun, learned how soccer "works" and really enjoyed watching multiple games at pubs and restaurants. Several witnesses could tell you I could officially be described as a fan, according to my jumping up and down, booing, cheering, and overall "ke nako" feeling. Mzanzi! Even though Bafana Bafana didn't make it out of the 3rd round, I met some people from Chile and cheered the Chilean team, of course cheered for USA vs. Algeria, which was a totally exciting game.
Addo Elephant park and saw over 30 elephants. They were so close we could have probably touched them (with a long stick), and there is nothing more incredible than watching elephants that close! You can really see the different personalities, watch the babies play, see their massive hulk and strength, but they are also gentle as well. And those eyes...they really keep an eye on you. So curious!
Borakalelo game reserve, where we saw giraffe, wildebeast, tons of birds and bock, zebra, warthogs and some squirrels- then on the way to her village. There is no better compliment than when someone says you are a great teacher, and you can watch the confidence level and skill rise.