Week 6: Seriously, the rain can stop now
By Guy Quittenton
So this week Quest aimed to upkeep the motto of expect the unexpected. However, the weather had other ideas as it is still raining and no one has any dry shoes. Nonetheless, we aspired to keep a positive attitude and got stuck into our various activities of the week. These included, mechanics, media, cooking and first aid.
My group first did media. Therefore we had pearls of wisdom past onto us by Mr M, a.k.a Quentin ‘M’ Tino. Having discussed different camera angles and editing do’s and don’ts we set about creating a short film showing the variety Quest has to offer. Gareth Stubbs drove us to Usindisa (highest point in Quiet Waters) where we used Tim’s drone to capture some beautiful vistas as a storm drew in.
Later in the week we had to cycle 23km. Moreover, Mr H decided a 5.5km run for PT would be a superb idea. This resulted in a tough cycle, but one I personally found very rewarding. I think Ben Du Toit summed it up best when he claimed he loved cycling, but clarified that it is “just the down hills” he likes.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid to say that we Questies let ourselves down over this week. There has been a lot of speculation as to why our manners had dropped and our punctuality slipped. Some say it was the rain and that the South Africans didn’t know how to deal with it. Others say the lack of tea was the reason and others believed it was the many people trying to give up smoking/ ran out of money to afford more. All I knew was that we were doing badly as the cups had been taken, work punishments for being late, the TV was gone and even the table tennis too. Ultimately, I recognised our folly when Mr Randle interjected “Elementary!” This was said due to our failure to stand for the visiting Mrs Kelly, who came and gave a very interesting talk on Elephants. I found when she spoke of the connection Elephants have with their deceased to be particularly thought provoking. However, we had a meeting among the boys to address our poor behaviour and find a solution.
Finally, Saturday was a good day all round. We travelled on the revamped overlander to a nearby dam. The gates where open as the water cascaded down like a baby Vic falls. For PT we had to run up and down the stairs adjacent to the dam twelve times. Then we had to run to the overlander which proceeded to drive off before we could catch it. Admittedly there was a few moans and groans, but we pushed on and caught the overlander. Mr Randle then treated us to jumping off a bridge into water and later that night we had a few beers and enjoyed an English pub quiz.
As we near the halfway point of this semester, we have made errors, but have learnt from them. We are realising that it is our actions that will determine who fun and rewarding this experience will be, even if the weather is miserable.