We started the week off with a relatively late departure from Quest Campus at about 2pm. With high hopes and expectations we set off for our first destination of the week: Farvic Mine. Although we were warned by previous Questors of the tough work we would be partaking in, the excitement far outweighed all other feelings as we discussed the prospect of discovering gold and methods of sneaking it out.. We soon arrived at our destination and were delighted to see that we were to be staying in comfortable lodgings with showers that even ran warm water (something not to be taken for granted when on a trip). Still fuelled with excitement and enthusiasm, we went to sleep trying to imagine what would come to transpire the following day. We were up early, as usual and before we knew it, we were on the way down the mineshaft. Blinded by excitement, we all seemed to forget while climbing down 300 metres into the bowels of the earth that we would in fact have to repeat the journey in the opposite direction. Once reaching the bottom of the shaft, our slightly more experienced counterparts wasted no time in getting us to work. It took no more than 15 minutes for each Questor to realise that the golden specks covering all surfaces was no more than fools gold, and the chances of finding an actual nugget or even sighting a speck of real gold were literally 0. This terrible discovery coupled with the inability to stand up properly anywhere in the mine and the pushing of 1.2 ton coco pans around led to a huge wound to the morale of the group and soon enough the only interesting aspect of the experience was how the other miners could possibly have attained more abs than Arnold Schwarzenegger. That being said, as we left the mine, a huge sense of achievement swept over us and we felt proud as we slid our aching bodies into bed. The following two days at Farvic passed in a similar fashion and when it was eventually time to go, we left having learnt a great deal about the mining industry and the conditions that miners survived in. It was then time for the second part of the week- working on a ranch. As we passed through the gates of our second destination and met our host, apprehensive feelings quickly gave way to those of excitement. Our following three days were to be filled with the picking of vegetables, some above ground mining to our delight, hiking around the koppies that were scattered around the property and swimming and fishing in the lake next to where we had pitched our tents. Although we had a relatively busy schedule, we managed to find a decent amount of free time in which to swim out and jump off the trees in the lake, or watch the sunset from the dam wall.