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From High to Low in Cape Town by George

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What do you do in a hot country before Christmas? Well, what I did

in South Africa was something you would definitely not do in a country

where it snows for Christmas. The things I did before Christmas were

pretty extreme because I went on a helicopter ride and I went cage

diving with Great White sharks!

What time would you get up to go shark diving? Well I can tell you

that if you want to go shark diving it won’t be at a time you want it to

be because you’ll have to get up at 3:00am in the morning but it’ll be

worth it. We drove for 2 hours from our hotel to get to the shark cage

diving, which was in Gansbaai. When we went out to sea and stopped,

the crew were mixing something gross to give the sharks. They where

mixing tuna heads with fish guts and this is called chum. They said that

they throw the mixture into the sea to attract the Great Whites. The

first people that went into the cage saw 4 different sharks. I was in the

second group and a shark that was 3.2 meters long was so close to me

and it had huge teeth. I wanted to get out because a tuna head landed

on me and my sister got out because it was cold. The sea was 6 degrees

Celsius. I was glad to get out of the water but later on I wished I had

stayed in to see more sharks. It was really scary because the holes in the

cage were massive and someone could have stuck their hand through

the cage and had their hand bitten off by a Great White shark. The crew

on our boat also educated us about Great White sharks and that people

kill them for their fins and teeth. This could lead them to become extinct

so you must never buy anything that came from a shark!

We have gone to the low part of Cape Town and now we are

going to the high part of Cape Town at 1085 meters high! We went to

a mountain called Table Mountain, which is one of the Seven Natural

Wonders of the World. How do you think I got up there? I either walked

on a path or took a cable car. Obviously, I went in the cable car. I would

never walk up that steep mountain! When we got there, a guide told

us some fascinating facts about some animals that we saw which are

called dassies. He told us that their dung is in make up. He also told us

that they are related to the elephant, which is strange because dassies

are only a foot long. We saw many more things on Table Mountain.

There were more than 1500 species of plants but we didn’t see them all.

Another interesting fact was that Table Mountain was once under the

sea. Table Mountain has an amazing view and I recommend it to anyone

who visits Cape Town.

Going even higher in Cape Town is one of my favorite things that I did,

which was going on a helicopter ride. In the helicopter we flew over The

Cape of Good Hope and we saw a statue of Bartholomew Dias, which

was exciting because he was my explorer in the project we had. The

Cape of Good Hope is the point where two oceans meet. These are the

Atlantic and the Indian Oceans; one is a cold ocean and the other a warm

ocean. From the helicopter I saw sharks in the warmer Indian Ocean, as

sharks like to live in warmer waters. When we finished the helicopter

ride we had to run away from the helicopter because the propellers are

dangerous. The best thing about the helicopter ride was talking into

a microphone and wearing headphones. You had to wear these items

because it was very loud and you couldn’t have heard anyone without

them.

If you were to ask me which Christmas I like better I would say I

like it better in the Southern Hemisphere because you can do more

things. There may be no snow but there is shark diving, one of the Seven

Natural Wonders of the World, helicopter rides and much more. This is

why I like the Southern Hemisphere better from high to low.

Zippidy zap! By George

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Zooming down one of the worlds fastest, longest and highest zip lines having my cheeks blowing up like a puffer fish was an amazing experience. This is where an adult named Storm was too scared to go down and you would think a guy with the name Storm would want to go first. This zip line is in South Africa in a place called Sun City and it is one of the best zip lines in the world.

When I went to the top of the zip line I felt sick to my stomach because it was 260 meters high. However this is not the tallest zip line because a new one opened up in Wales and it’s 304 meters high. This zip line is just out side Snowdonia National Park and it runs across Penrhyn Quarry, once the worlds largest slate mine. I imagine it might be hard to breathe up there, I feel bad for people that have to stay up there 24-7 like the workers. The South African zip line is not the shortest either. There is one in New Zealand, which is 182 meters high in a place called Gravity Canyon. This zip line flies through the Rangitikei Canyon over a riverbed. This zip line looks like a ton of fun and I wish I could go on it.

South Africa’s zip line is the worlds longest zip line with an amazing length of 2 kilometers. When I went down it the first 10 seconds were so scary because I looked down and then looked in front of me and saw how long it was I thought I was going to die. Well I thought my brother and I would die because you have to go together. The zip line in Wales is 1.6 kilometers and the one in New Zealand has a pathetic length of only I kilometer. How long do you think it must take to cover 2 kilometers on the zip line I went on? It only took 45 seconds!

South Africa’s zip line has a very fast speed of 160 kilometers per hour! This is the second fastest speed that I’ve ever gone. My fastest speed was when I was flying in an airplane. When you go at this speed it’s faster then what you go on the motorway. I should know I went on it. When I went, there was so much wind my mouth exploded with air. As soon as we opened our mouths they dried up because of how much wind there was. If this is how you feel on this zip line imagine what it must feel like on the fastest zip line in Wales that is 190 kilometers per hour! The zip line in New Zealand has a fast speed too with 161 kilometers per hour! I think that the speed for the zip line in New Zealand makes up for it’s pathetic length.

I truly enjoyed the zip line and I think every one should be able to go on one of these zip lines or you could go on all of them and see which one you like the best. I am sure anyone who goes on one of these zip lines going to have the time of their life.<

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Christmas in the southern hemisphere, where it’s always hot? I certainly have because that’s where I’m going for my Christmas holiday this year. I’m going to South Africa where I’ll probably go water skiing! I love water skiing but sometimes it gives me backaches. I might even go parasailing. Parasailing is lost of fun but sometimes it gives me the chills.

In South Africa we might eat steak instead of turkey! This is one of the tasty foods that will be on the barbeque with the other summery foods. I know we won’t have pudding for desert we’ll probably have ice cream can cool down.

How do you think Santa will get to me? Sharks probably would pull him to South Africa. He would need over 500 sharks because of all the presents he has. In South Africa we don’t have chimneys so Santa might have to climb through a window! That’s why I’m going to leave all the windows open on December 24th

What should I wear? I think I should wear shorts, T-shirt, flip-flops, a hat and a swimming costume. I don’t think I should wear long pants, long sleeved shirts and definitely not a sweatshirt.
I could boil to death if I wore a sweatshirt! I can’t wait until I go. I think it’ll be amazing. I’ll tell you where I like better for Christmas when I get back.

Here’s some South African Christmas music!

“Soweto Gospel Choir – Mbube”

Zulu Christian Singing

By George

Dear George,
That sounds very exciting! I bet everyone has lots of questions for you about what it will be like there. We hope you will write more posts while you are there to show us a slice of life in South Africa! I was wondering how the South Africans think Santa arrives? Obviously he won’t be arriving on a sleigh if there is no snow!
Have a safe trip, and look forward to your next post!
Happy Holidays!
Mrs Kynigou