Author Archives: South Africa 2012

Most Definately Not a Girl

  Safari Awesomeness June 27 People from other groups came back gushing about everything they had seen, including rhinosauruses (sic), herds of elephants, massive crocodiles, and one particularly belligerent charging pachyderm. However, my group had by far the best trip.  … Continue reading

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Game Watch

  Game watch 6/27 The Groton Orchestra and several Waterkloof High School students woke up early in the morning for a trip to Mabula Game Lodge, where we found many surprises waiting for us.  After a very satisfying lunch, we … Continue reading

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Last Performance

  Last performance 6/26  After a hectic morning at their hosts’ residence, the members of the Groton Chamber Orchestra busily packed away their instruments for the final performance of the trip. We were all both sad and excited that our … Continue reading

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So Much to Learn

Day three in Pretoria started off early. A 6am wake up followed by some bacon and fried eggs. Delicious! The bus departed Waterkloof at 7:30 for Soweto where we met up with a Groton graduate of the class of ’06, Katie Gannett.  She showed … Continue reading

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Garden Delights

  Day two in Pretoria  Today we played at the botanical garden in Pretoria. It was a great performance featuring the Waterkloof concert band playing an incredible program featuring a Michael Jackson medley, and selections from “Phantom of the Opera”, … Continue reading

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Waking up at Five o’Clock…

  Saturday, June 23 Waking up at five o’clock in the morning is not my favorite thing to do during a summer vacation, but it was totally worth it. All our orchestra members and the beloved Durbanville families, who courteously hosted us … Continue reading

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A Fond Farewell to Capetown

  Friday, June 22 Today was the saddest day that we have experienced so far on our trip to South Africa.    Unfortunately, our planned trip to Robin Island was canceled due to to maintenance on the ferry and the … Continue reading

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Penguins! and Baboons! and Seals! Oh my!

  Thursday, June 21   Unfortunately, yesterday was the end of our splendid weather here in South Africa. Until then, our experience of a South African “winter” was full of sunshine and beach weather–more of a nice spring for us … Continue reading

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More Links to Our Trip

Our hosts In South Africa have posted a Facebook page and a blogspot about our trip. www.facebook.com/GrotonZebrasTourToSouthAfrica http://klofieorkes.blogspot.com

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A Day Full of Music

  Wednesday, June 20 Today was filled entirely with music. In the morning, we were fortunate enough to visit the Artscape center, which is home to the Capetown Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Theatre–not unlike the Lincoln Centre in New York. … Continue reading

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