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Day 2!

We started the day with breakfast by the pool at our accommodation. We then left for a half day tour of Soweto township in Johannesburg. In Soweto, we first toured the area by bus. Our guide told us about the … Continue reading

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We’ve arrived!

Johannesburg welcomed us with sunshine and 80 degrees and smiles from our tour guides. The trip was long and uneventful. Our first stop was at our accommodations, 10 Stirling, where we enjoyed some tennis, swimming, tea and R&R before heading … Continue reading

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GROTON SQUASH TO RSA 2019

Hello out there, family, friends and other interested parties! Tomorrow is our last day of the school term and we’re all excited to be heading to South Africa soon. We’ll try to keep this blog updated with daily posts once … Continue reading

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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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