15 May by Nina Jansen
After a comfi 12h flight in a nearly empty airplane, I arrived at Johannesburg airport. While hugging goodbye to my new airplane-friends, a half-Chinese Dutch guy was waving at me, carrying a piece of paper with my name on it. Wetskills was about to start!
Together with my new Dutch friends, we rented a small car. A very quick coffee later (the most diluted one I have ever had), we found ourselves in the deep end of Jo'Burg traffic where driving at the left side of the road and avoiding potholes were a challenge. For the next six hours, we drove in north-east direction, surrounded by landscapes full of rocky plateaus and exotic vegetation. We experienced the African hospitality and the great cuisine once we arrived at Graskop later that night. Sitting at a fireplace as we were served by a young men with a gorgeous smile, we enjoyed world’s best wine and steak as we got to know each other better and better.
At 5.00 a.m. the next day, we drove down to Gods Window and witnessed the sunrise at the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Peace, serenity and life all over: what an amazing view! Accompanied by the uplifting bongo beats of our new favorite CD (Queens of the Rivers in Africa) we continued the trip while singing, dancing and enjoying the endless views of South-Africa. We drove down to White River to meet up with the entire Wetskills group. Our adventure was just about to start, so far it had been mind-blowing already!