So today started out with tons of great intentions. When I fell asleep last night I had the plan to go surfing today but when I woke up things changed a little. We were told that we had the opportunity to help clean up an oil spill and that we’d be cleaning oil off of penguins and other birds. This of course sounded AWESOME. So 8 of us jumped into a taxi bus and paid R15 to drive across Cape Town to Blouberg. Btw the way the ride was like 20 minutes and R15 is equivalent to about $2. I really like driving around in the taxi buses because they seem to be a unique experience every time. It’s amazing how many people they can fit in those things (don’t worry I keep a hand on my wallet the entire time). So get this, we get there and we see this ship just off shore and it had wrecked, I don’t know when… but it was in pieces. There were also a bunch of people already on the beach cleaning up the oil (no birds 😦 though). They told us that they didn’t actually need our help. So of course we didn’t want to waste our trip over there so we ended up going to a bar instead. After a few drinks we took another taxi bus, which meant another awesome ride, back through cape town to go to a festival. The festival was really laid back and they just had some music and some dancing and a lot more drinking. Lots of different ciders around here, which have been great. We hung out there all afternoon and I really got to know some of the volunteers really well. I think I was the newest one to the country so many of them had their own experiences and stories to tell me. This is great cause they can tell me first hand what’s worth doing and what isn’t. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to do half the things they were telling me about. After the festival we came back to the hostel… just in time for my first night of orientation to be over. Great. But also just in time to head back out to go to a new bar. Drinking is no joke with Europeans. We had some good laughs discussing the meanings of different words and hand symbols that don’t mean the same thing at all in other countries. All in all it was a great day of drinking and getting to know the rest of the volunteers. The real day of orientation starts tomorrow and I think, not really sure, tomorrow I’ll be heading to meet my host family and some new volunteers. I hope they are as cool as the ones I’ve already met! Hope all is well back in the states. Live easy!