The Adventures of Raquel

Monday, July 10, 2006

Reality not that bad afterall....

Ok, so maybe the last post was a tad self-indulgent but I was feeling pretty depressed at the time...I hope you can forgive me. Anyway, the trip back to the ranch was not as bad as anticipated despite getting home to find that my house had been broken into. Luckily it looks like nothing was stolen, or at least nothing of notable importance! I think it was probably just some kids who were messing around trying to see if we were back yet and got a bit too excited and they pulled the lock off the door. Anyway, nothing too much to worry about.

Noxy still isn't back so I have had a few days to myself to settle back into community life. It has generally just involved chilling out with the YAG and catching up on all the gossip. I have also spent some time with Mr Rafuza, the gentleman in my community who was on Robben Island showing him my pictures of my visit. He is truly amazing and it made my visit so much more meaningful having spoken to him about his experiences beforehand.

I also discovered that our YRC was also broken into and all the condoms taken (which can't be a bad thing really) but also that all the paint I had managed to fundraise had gone. I didn't have to look far for the culprits seen as the flat next door had suddenly had all its doors and windows repainted a beautiful gloss red and 'knock before entering' written above the door! Very tactful boys....!!

Saturday night was the bi-weekly gospel concert which goes from 6pm till 6am in the nearby church. Hugh came over and we went and made fools of ourselves trying to boogie african style. Unfortunately, despite all the pap I have been eating my butt still pales in comparison to the rest of them and I just look like an animal in pain when I try and copy them!

The next five weeks are going to be pretty hectic as it is the final push. However, despite all my complaints, seeing all the young people again reminds me how attached I have grown to them and seeing their faces when I returned made me realise how hard it is going to be to leave. It is very odd to think that this time in 6 weeks I will be on my way to Mozambique.....

Anyway, I have to go to a meeting about a huge event we are planning in August, hopefully I will be able to blog again soon and I will try and get some pictures from Youth Day/holiday!

All of you who went on the Brass Tour I hope you had a reat time and for everyone who wis graduating this week I hope that you don't fall over and enjoy every minute - you all have to email me with what you are planning on doing next!

So bonana,


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