I am in South Africa to attend the Talloires Nework Conference on Service-Learning. Behind the conference hotel in Stellenbosch, there is a huge stretch of land much of which seems to be just growing wild.
The weather is perfect: 20 degrees C, dry with a clear, blue sky. I ran for much of an hour on dirt roads without seeing anyone. I felt completely alone - just me and the wide open field and the mountains - exhilarating.
Then I saw pieces of white plastic floating over a field in the distance. When I got closer, they turned out to be free-range chicken being driven back towards their coop. They seemed just as happy as I was.