The warm night is ending for us here in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where I have travelled with a group of MIT students and staff for a week. We are learning more about the water and flooding risks and events, and much, much more about the people and history, the past and the present times of this land. We will return after a week of learning while being immersed in a place with such a long history and a twenty year old new beginning.
Our first day showed us local geology, elephants in the Addo, and large sand dunes at the mouth of the Sunday River. Each night is humid, each day, warm. We are welcomed and challenged. We will go home changed.
Readers who want to follow our story will find it here: terrascopetrip2017.blogspot.com. There will be thoughtful contributions as the students grapple with finding technical “solutions” while , perhaps more importantly, grappling with the integration of these with the on-the-ground realities.
Tomorrow we begin again, and I will again see the Indian Ocean, a particular thrill.