Toastmasters, Triathlons, Snakes and CV’s by Nola van de Ruit For the first few days after we got back from our break we started building shelves in the crib. In those few days we also had a talk on snakes by Ross Johnson. He handles all the snakes at the Bulawayo museum. It was a very interesting and useful talk. We learnt about the most poisonous snake in Africa, the Boomslang. We also learnt the 3 categories of poisonous snakes, they are neurotoxic, cytotoxic and Hemotoxic. As the week continued, we all attempted to do a mini triathlon which was exhausting,….. so I guess we all going to collapse this weekend doing the proper race! We have also been doing some CV writing which was also very useful to know how to do. We learned about the importance of a cover letter to go with it. It got us thinking on how to do a layout of our CVs and what information to put in them. On Thursday night we had Toastmasters evening at the Randle’s house which was really interesting and fun. We all got assigned different roles to play during the evening. Yani had to do a speech on whether technology could make or break relationships. He had to illustrate advantages and disadvantages for it and Claudia had to evaluate his speech, Chelsea and I were the lexicologists (finding and explaining the meaning of an obscure word), and Jackie had to run a debate on any topic. She chose the topic of ‘Is a picture worth a thousand words’ or not. She had to split us into 2 teams. The team that was on the ‘for’ side was Jade, Claudia, Mrs Randle and Seb, the other team, on the ‘against’ side was Mr. Randle, Lucy, Yani, Chelsea and myself. The night got very amusing and entertaining. Mrs Randle’s team ended up winning. The evening ended with a final toast and we made our way back down to our tents. NB. Nobody collapsed on the triathlon. In fact they all did extremely well, particularly Jackie who completed the 1km swim, 20km ride and 10km run as an individual. Yanni, Chelsea and Nola made up a team and also completed the challenge. Unfortunately Claudia was not feeling well enough to join in. It was a great experience for everyone and as we teamed up with the Falcon Adventure racers who were also competing a very sociable time was had by all and everyone who took part slept incredibly well that night!