Leaving South Africa

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By Joe Galaske, Grinnell College ’17 African Ecology and Conservation Spring 2016

Some moments in life are so profound that they have an impact on us for the rest of our lives. As I reflect on my semester abroad as a part of the African Ecology and Conservation program, I realize that this semester was one of those moments. Our travels took us everywhere—from the animals of the Kruger National Park to the remote villages of Hamakuya and the mountains of Cape Town.

Take the image above as an example. This photo, taken at Bainskloof (a research camp located high in the Cape mountains), was one of many spectacular displays of beauty characteristic of South Africa. This view, and many others, always awaited us every morning and evening.

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Final Thoughts on South Africa

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By Samih Taylor, Cheyney University of PA ’17

SOUTH AFRICA: African Ecology and Conservation, Spring 2016

“This is why we need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t life to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day to find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days.”

I’m not sure who wrote this, but I feel that it’s very true. Continue reading