Setting Sail ….!!!

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It’s been an incredible week here in False Bay, but now it’s finally time to set sail!!
We’ve been rock climbing 20120123 Noe Rock.JPG, and mountain trekking, and most wonderfully of all – visiting the local school!

Simons town school was so welcoming, and we had a great day teaching the students about sustainability and climate change!!
To give you some background – Simons town history is quite sad. During the apartheid all of the local african and south african people living here were forced to leave – it was strictly only the white population allowed. The principle of the school we visited explained to us that she too once lived here in Simons town with her family and grandparents, but they were forced to leave when she was a child. Now, years later, she can no longer return – as the prices have become so high.
Because the area is very wealthy, the local public school is well cared for. Because of this, a lot of African students from poor areas travel far so they too can get a better education. A lot of the children we met were from some of the poorest areas, with their parents also travelling far to work in the Dockyard here.
Even though the children we met were poor, we were all ABSOLUTELY blown away by their incredible potential and enthusiasm!!! There is so much talent here in the local public school, TOPtoTOP will be keeping in contact with them, and we will look forward to see their applications and entries to compete in the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Solution Award!!!
Thank you SO MUCH to all our friends ( View image ) we met here in South Africa, and the African continent! It’s always mixed emotions of some sadness to say goodbye and excitement moving on to the next continent… especially as it has been such a memorable experience here in Africa!!!
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Our good friend designing our new anchor connection.
20120118 Per.jpg Jacqui’s wonderful friend “Per” from Sweden climbing the mountain at sunrise!!!
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The kids having fun on the ropes!!
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Our friend showing us his rock-climbing skills!!
But for now, all the fresh fruit and vegetables have been bought and stored in their hammocks 20120123 Fruit.JPG – and PACHAMAMA is ready to take on the atlantic ocean!

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