Later that evening, Bereket and Eskedar were lucky enough to be able to Skype with their Grade 5 classmates at St. Mary’s School in Cranbrook. Our two were very excited to be able to talk to their friends, and to Mrs. Organ (who would have been one of their teachers if we had not gone on our trip). The class asked the kids lots of questions, and ours got to ask them some as well. To end the chat, the Grade 5 class sang our two a Christmas song, and ours did likewise to them. It was a great way to get into the spirit of the Christmas Season, and B and E were so glad they had a chance to do it. Big thanks to “Mrs. O.” for making it happen, and thanks so much to the students as well!!
Get honked at for drifting into the right lane: CHECK
Letting the clutch out on a hill too quickly and squealing the tires: CHECK
Missing the turn-off to the highway we needed and ending up back in Cape Town: CHECK
Turning the windshield wipers on every time I try to indicate a turn: CHECK, CHECK AND CHECK AGAIN
Driving the wrong way down a one-way street: SURPRISINGLY NO CHECK
Not too bad, I thought.
We were finally able to get on the highway we were looking for and the five hour drive to the Karoo district of South Africa went well. The scenery was certainly something we hadn't seen so far on our trip. It reminded us of a drive you would find in arid areas like certain parts of Arizona. There were certainly vast vistas.
At one point (unlike in Arizona, I would imagine), there was a troop of baboons along the side of the road. We couldn't stop, as we were zipping along at highway speed, but it certainly was a surprise. Unfortunately, one had been hit by a previous vehicle and lay dead on the road. This was quite a shock to Michelle and I. Luckily the kids did not notice.
The Karoo district is a semi-desert region of South Africa. The Karoo is an area of great heat and great frosts. The Karoo is separated into the Great Karoo and the Little Karoo by the Swartberg Mountain Range. Our accommodation was located in the Little Karoo.