#B2B2018: Aimee McLarnon Blog

We are now into the 7th day of our journey and wow, what a journey it has been so far. Today we kicked started the day by attending mass with Pastor Deon. It was so amazing compared to the catholic mass I would attend in school. We sang, danced and enjoyed ourselves while the Africans still preached to God. A simple service showed me how your perspective of things can be so different, just by the way you handle and approach them. I’ve learned this a lot throughout my journey in Africa so far. We then had a near enough 2 hour long drive to the monkey sanctuary and elephant sanctuary. Once we got inside and found out we couldn’t hold the monkeys or sit on the elephants I was completely ragen, but as soon as we started going through and experiencing what was in stall there, it was absolutely unbelievable. Just seeing our team together, enjoying themselves and having a laugh, something I didn’t expect, I just stood back and realised, South Africa is a place where we should “expect the unexpected” even in such a place. At the end of tonight, we drove to the church, clueless of what it had to hold. We were split into groups of 4 and talked about our journey so far, having ourselves all in tears. We then watched a video of the last two days, all smiling ear to ear just watching what we have done and how we impacted others lives and also our own. Then, to our surprise, another video was put on, this was a video from home. Our friends and family. My mummy was first. Hearing her speak so proudly about me broke me into tears as I’ve never heard her say anything like it. It made me realise how lucky I am to have a mummy like mine and how much I love her. One of the things I wanted to achieve in Africa. Listening to the rest of the teams parents also talk made me cry even more. Seeing the team getting so happy and overwhelmed about it all just made my time in South Africa that little bit more special. I can’t put into words how amazing it was for all of us. Throughout my time in South Africa I honestly cannot pin point one thing that has stood out the most. If I had to pin point something it would be absolutely everything as it has been an experience of a life time and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I feel so blessed to have met such children like Megan and Gladeensa, they have impacted my life forever! I have not just learnt about how other people live but I have learnt a lot about myself. I have got a better understanding of who I truly am and have gained a lot more confidence within myself as this was something I struggled with before this trip, and I couldn’t be more happier to say I’ve achieved the goals I set myself for my time in George. I am now excited to see what the final part of our journey in Cape Town has in store for us! “The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa... he has so much to look forward to”. The truest thing I’ve ever heard. 

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