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Reinier Kapp

Who was your favourite teacher in school and why? 

Hands down my Biology teacher, he just had a exceptional level of passion for the subject. As a learner you would walk into the class and the excitement amongst all of the learners would almost be tangibly

What is one fun fact about you?

I am low key addicted to news and analysis pertaining to South African politics

If you could give one small piece of advise to EVERY teenager out there, what would it be?

Shame dies when stories are told in safe spaces.

What is one thing you miss from school and one thing you do NOT miss?

Looking back, it is above all else the certainty of a routine that I miss the most. One thing I do not miss is the wearing of the school uniform, especially when we had to wear buttoned up shirts and tie on those surprisingly warm winter days.

Did you learn a new skill in 2020/2021? What is it?

Grafting different varieties of fruit trees on to each others. For example grafting an apricot cutting on a Quince tree. It was a skill that I wanted to learn for many years, so with the help of YouTube, and lots of patience I managed to grow confidante in executing my newly acquired skill.

What is one place you really missed during hard lockdown and why?

Definitely Babylonstoren, hard to describe the reason.Babylonstoren has come to be a place for me where I can "recharge my batteries" the place carries an air of peace (even when it is packed with people). Of course the gardening side of Babylonstoren was also something I greatly missed. Gardening carries with it a plethora of teachings that can be practically implemented in one's own life. Just like a garden has seasons, so does our life have seasons. It is these type of lessons that I missed whilst Babylonstoren was closed.

a Lesson I learned in 2021... 

Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.

I am excited for 2022 because... 

Just like a garden I will keep on growing, especially when it comes to the emotional and spiritual side of things

What is the best (not well-known) place you've visited in South-Africa?

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