Breaking the Comfort Zone! By Claudia Pietersen Wow… This week has been one with many challenges! The very first one was saying ‘good-bye’ to my parents and boyfriend for the next few weeks… that was tough. On our first evening we had a social get together with members of the Falcon staff and all the Quest staff. During the evening we were all required to stand up and tell everyone about ourselves, which was a nerve wrecking experience. Over the next day we did our first QFT (girls can’t do pull ups!) and then learnt how to use a GPS. As we walked along, heads down studying our GPS’s, a giraffe galloped across the road in front of us. After some very skilful backwards movements we looked up and saw 4 huge creatures looking down on us. We snuck passed them shooting glances backwards until we were well away and down the hill. Later that afternoon we soon realised that something was up when we were told we had to go ‘basic camping’ the next day and were given a list of items… some essential and some optional. A very early start (3.30am) saw us all bundled into the back of the truck and driven off into the starry night and into …. who knows?? We walked about 16kms that day some with and some without our backpacks, and finally made camp for the night and a well earned rest. The next day we trekked across country to another camp-site nearer to the school which would be our home for the next few days. It was finally time for our last meal drop…. live chickens!!! You can only imagine how well that went down with the girls in the group! But we managed to get the job done and ate well that night! We could hardly wait to get back to Quest for a really good shower after 4 days in the hot, dry, dusty Matabele bush, and I think it is safe to say that although we miss our families and our creature comforts, we all ‘survived’ our first week at Quest.