I've been dreaming of the early morning sunrise in Ulusaba for the past year and a half, longing to sit on the stoop with my Nescafe and breath in the African bush air. The mornings here are precious, there is a golden hue on everything, bird's songs are all around you, the air is calm and peaceful. Then the lodge workers begin to stir and you see beautiful people walk past speaking in a language you've never heard, they turn to me and smile & wave, greeting me with a "Good morning, how are you?" I love how everyone says hello, everyone waves.
We are going to the village this morning at 8:30 to work until the sun gets too hot, probably around 1 pm. The community center is getting a coat of paint and a mural, I look forward to being back there to see how it looks a year later. Lindsay told me the trampoline just broke, which I was amazed about because there are always at least ten kids pouncing on it at any given time.
I laugh at how it took me six days to get here, but it was worth every minute. The journey here was epic, meeting beautiful friends on the flights, reconnecting with a special soul in Jo'burg, being taken in by a lovely woman in Nelspruit, and getting a ride the last two hours to Ulu, seeing giraffe, elephant, and zebra in our first five minutes inside the gates.
So much to write, I could be here at my laptop all day long... so for now I'll sign off and go enjoy the morning air some more... Photos to come later!