Work, White Water, and Women By Peter Symons of Nansen Tent After an incredible week in Botswana, and a night in Namibia, we finally arrived in the long awaited Vic Falls. As we entered the gates of Rest Camp where we would be staying for the next week we were warmly welcomed by an over-lander filled with more girls than we had seen for the last six months of Quest. The aura of the Quest bus changed impressively quickly. That evening we were informed that we would be having the following day free to explore and take part in any activities the jubilant town of Victoria Falls had to offer. For some, myself included, it meant losing money at the Kingdom Hotel Casino we had clearly not budgeted for. But for others, it meant they got a chance to get a feel of the fascinating area we were going to be spending the following week. The day ended with a very interesting trip to the local hotspot ‘Shoestrings’ – this outing included: many failed attempts of 15 boys trying to get the attention of one of the three girls at Shoestrings. Two of us trying to impress their new acquaintances with their pool playing skills which they had learnt at Quest . The followingday, after a short PT run, we were driven to our various jobs where we would be working for the rest of the week. We were split up throughout Vic falls to various different Hotels, Businesses and workshops. We all were very interested in our jobs and felt that we honestly got a lot of knowledge out of our short work experiences. It was great to be exposed to all the different parts of jobs that you would have never experienced if it wasn’t for the opportunity we were given in Vic Falls. I remember Ali Bruce saying “I really feel like a working man now”, with a beer in his hand at 4PM after his ‘Long’ day of work. We were incredibly fortunate to be part of a thrilling white water rafting experience. I have never seen fifteen young men crumble so quickly by the sheer sight of a massive white wave that was bound to smash us. Whether it be the Michael Mandy scream or Luke Baber jumping off the raft before the raft made contact with the waves, it was an experience we will never forget and one that definitely made our trip an experience that we will never forget. That night we hopped on a Wild Horizons bus and headed 40 Km into the Victoria Falls National park for a night out at one of their campsites. It was on the shore of “The Mighty Zambezi” and surrounded by a whole community of wild animals that weren’t shy to show their presence. It was an incredible camping experience. We woke up the next morning to the smell of freshly fried bacon and eggs and the sight of the sun rising over the Zambezi. What a way to start our day. After breakfast we were instructed to go to the dock where they kept the canoes we would be canoeing down the Zambezi for the day. This too was an incredible experience, with the dangers of hippos, crocodiles and Nicholas Williamson snipering us with his accurate paddle splashes. The bus trip home went by quickly as we were all drained from the previous day’s activities. We soon realised that this trip home on the infamous over lander would be the last one on our Quest journey. Our moods were brightened by watching the second intake struggle through their final stages of Grand Challenge. With only a few days left of Quest, we slowly started packing up our 7 months’ worth of mess in our tents. The whole Victoria Falls experience was one we will never forget.