Once we found out that the Bundles of Brightness trip was cancelled, we realized that we had the entire day to ourselves! Our only obligation was to host the movie night after dinner for the boarders and any day scholars who would trek in to watch The Dark Knight with us.
And so my day started right before breakfast, where I grabbed my usual hard-boiled egg, a bowl of some type of bran cereal (basically Raisin Bran without any raisins), and a pear, and sat with Harsh, Jazil, Fred, Zach, and Heba to plan out our day. We decided we would FINALLY hike Kgale Hill—the students laughed at me when I accidentally called it Kgale Mountain because it's quite squat—and then walk to Game City for lunch and to pick up chips/popcorn/soda for the movie night.
Before leaving, however, I had been assigned the soccer tournament to photograph, and so Harsh, Jazil, and Fred accompanied me to the field to quickly check the match out. We made it just in time to catch the final twenty minutes of the game, thank goodness! Here are some highlights of its finale:
Time is such a funny thing. We hatched our plan over breakfast at 8:30am, thinking it would take no more than three or four hours for us to run through everything, but after a loooong 45-min wait between the first cab (Siqi, Zach, Fred, and Heba, who got spooked by troops of baboons) and second cab (me, Harsh, Jazil, and Zoe, a MaP graduate who we've gotten to know well), a good while spent chilling on top of Kgale, time for Jazil to exchange money at the mall, the BEST MEAL we've had so far (possibly excluding the Indian food at Embassy) at Nando's, and then the pressure of grocery shopping for the students at ShopRite, we didn't get home until 5:30pm. What??! How is that even possible?? It was such a great day though, and I was especially reminded of how much I love hiking, after living in Acadia National Park last summer. But I have no idea whatsoever of where the time goes.
Kgale is the tallest "mountain" in Gabs, and gives a view of the entire city. It was a pretty sunny day today and we were hiking around noon, so temperatures reached high-70s and we all stripped off our jackets and heavy layers. Check out the random sign including the distance to Beijing!
At Nando's, which is officially my new favorite place in the country, I ordered a chicken burger meal, which came with "chips" (fries) and a 330mL drink for P64. All of their chicken is prepared in a signature peri-peri sauce, which has a bit of a kick to it! I was in HEAVEN the entire time we were there.
Half an hour after we returned home, dinner was pasta, and then onto the movie! It was surprisingly stressful, trying to figure out who could let us into the AV Center, how to download the movie, whose Windows computer we could borrow that would hook up to the projector, who would carry in our P312 worth of food, how to work the projector, etc. Luckily it all came together! We told the students to arrive at 6:45pm, and by 7pm, by some miracle, we flickered the lights and started the movie.
Our biggest hitch was realizing midway through the film that we weren't actually allowed to have food in the AV Center. Mind you, by this point there were crushed chips ("crisps") and popcorn all over the floor and candy wrappers everywhere. Thank goodness for a bunch of extra responsible Form 6 students who stayed behind to help us clean up! Jazil blasted some pump-up music through the speakers while the rest of us were literally on our hands and knees picking up crumbs. A few girls left and returned with a ton of brooms from the boarding house, including a few traditional fully straw brooms; and as a group of about fifteen we swept everything up until the room was spotless—no vacuum required! And hopefully no one will ever know. O:-) It was a really memorable moment though, having everyone working together, sharing dustbins, and randomly dancing when the beat dropped.
After getting everyone OUT of the AV Center (which was a whole other ordeal in itself), the interns gathered for a cheese night. Even after all the time spent together today, it was nice to relax with the group in more of a laid back setting and to try the five types of cheese and crackers we bought at the supermarket. There were a few great moments that came up during a game of truth or dare (we are all still children), but none of which I'll write about here.
All in all, my favorite weekend day so far, though I'm so looking forward to a chill day tomorrow. Night, all!