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Not my favorite day of the trip...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Yesterday I did not feel good all day, which was very unfortunate, we had a really exciting evening. In the morning we went to Sterkfontein caves in the Cradle of Humankind. I threw up on the way to the caves, though, so I missed out. We then went to Drimolen cave where we met Dr. Colin Mentor, a paleoanthropologist. He has been working at the site for over ten years. The Cradle of Humankind contributes to about 30-40 percent of all the knowledge we have of pre-human ancestors, I believe. I could be wrong with the numbers. It's a lot though, but often gets overlooked due to finds like the famous Lucy. The area near Joburg has given some very important fossils that truly help scientists.
After Drimolen, we went to Lesedi Cultural Village, where we learned about the different cultures of the Xhosa, Pedi, Sotho, Ndbele(maybe wrong spelling), and Zulu peoples of southern Africa. At the end of the village tour, they did a song and dance, which was really cool, and Daniel even got the chance to "fight" a Zulu "warrior". Then dinner was an event all its own. The menu included ostrich, crocodile, venison, and many other things, even "beans that thunder the buttocks". I only had some bread and ostrich soup, though, as my stomach couldn't handle very much. By the way, it was nice to have Stacey around to be my mom all day!

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1 comments:

delicatepsm said...

Hi Sean, I am so glad you had Stacey to be with you all day. I hope she gave you lots of hugs and sympathy, ( just like I would have) !! :) Sounds like you had a great day today though. The video was awesome. Have a safe time in Kruger. Take lots of pictures for me. I love you, Mom

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 12 days
When June 2nd - 13th, 2009
Focus Wildlife Research/Conservation
Political History
Culture