We’re sitting in the crowded departure lounge of Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport, about to begin the loooong trip home via Dubai and Toronto.
We’ve had a marvellous last few days together on tour—two nights at a beach-front resort in the Indian Ocean followed by a final night in a quaint lodge in the Drakensburg Mountains. It’s been a period of hard-earned relaxation mixed with emotional leave-taking. We’re leaving behind not only our exchange chorister, but also the two former Mascato exchange choristers, Linus and Michael, who have become part of our choir family over these four weeks. We’re also saying goodbye to Sid M’Sahel, the Kokopelli chorister who’s remaining behind in South Africa for the remainder if the year, thus completing our half of the exchange program.
It has been an absolutely packed, mind-bending experience for all of us. Although the time seems to have passed by all too quickly, it feels as if we’ve managed to fit in a year’s worth of experiences.
With the final round of hugs and tears behind us, our thoughts turn to friends and family at home. We’ll see you all very soon. And we’ll have plenty of stories to tell.
Thanks for listening! #kokoSA2013 over and out!