Monthly Archives: June 2003

Disaster Strikes – Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Just chillin` in J Bay when for the first time in almost a year, I have been robbed. I mean of my stuff. Surely I have been robbed of my sanity over and over again but who would want my smelly shoes? They were old and falling apart but I was strangely attached to them.

I have to look on the bright side I suppose and just hope that the cancerous skin eating gangrene causing disease that was laying dormant in the crevices of the sandal grooves will now burst into full throttle attacking the thoughtful lad (or laddess but not ladder) who relieved me of my stuff. read more

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Bioluminessence – Plettenburg Bay, South Africa

I am now in Plettenburg Bay and it appears once again, that I have become stuck. My eyes flutter open to the waves crashing onto the deserted beach as I snuggle deeper into my duvet. The sun streams down evaporating the the dew resting peacefully on the grass blades. I wonder what time it could be? Then I remind myself that it doesn’t matter.

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Familiar Faces in Unfamiliar Places – Storms River, South Africa

Anna, Lara, and I continued onto Storms River where we were greeted with open arms by Mel and Carl whom we met previously at Wildside. It`s so nice to see familiar faces in unfamiliar places.

I played a challenging game of pool with 13 year old cheeky Zane, losing just by the hair of my chinny chin chin. Marius cooked up a mouthwatering Braai (another word for open fire barb-q) especially by my request. We all looked on with ravenous eyes as the chicken sizzled as he poured the marinade smoking the meat nicely. I love eating butternut squash and pumpkin so you can imagine my delight when I discovered that these are staples in South Africa. read more

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Zig Zag – Buffalo Bay, South Africa

I haven’t been particularly busy but somehow my days have just eluded me. As they do when you are in South Africa. Although its been over a month, I haven’t made it more than 700 km but if I am to take my time anywhere, this is the place. So where did I leave off? Wilderness. Right then.

I really just chilled out chilling by the fire, shooting pool, playing poi and rhythm (I was quickly corrected that they were not devil sticks) sticks. Matt, the guy from Calgary who is riding a bike through SA, rocked up but other than that, Fairy Knowe hostel was deserted. It is almost winter here so things have slowed down almost to a halt. The backpackers hostels are virtually empty so I have lots of space and plenty of personal attention from the staff. read more

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Hurry Hurry Wait – Wilderness, South Africa

So I have been backtracking just a bit. There were just too many things to do. After Stellenbosch the second time, Lara and Anna took me back to Cape Town. We watched the sunset over dinner on Camps Bay and went on a wine tour. Honestly, we started at 10am tasting 10 different red, white and port before lunch. As the afternoon progressed we had finished off an entire bottle of champagne on the bus. The bubbly was quite nice and only cost 50 rand which is $5 CAD. The sun was shining as we shuttled around on the funbus. read more

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Backwards – Stellenbosch, South Africa

Getting some serious deja vu. Haven’t I been here before? Ah yes. But fate has brought me back obviously deciding that I didn’t get enough of this place the first time being laid up in my sick bed. There were plenty of reasons for me to come back here for a Friday night. I hitched a ride with some random Africans who were going that way, making it just in time for the party.

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Ostrich country – Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Really haven`t done much here but having fun just the same. After saying a `see ya later` to my friends at Moby`s, Justin drove me to the bus stop but not before a mystical double rainbow graced the sky during the sun shower. The drive from Hermanus was very scenic with majestic mountains and puffy white clouds.

I have been in Oudtshoorn for a few days now and have only made it to the dump. Johan asked if I wanted to go for a ride to drop off the branches from the tree pruning they did earlier that morning. Sure, why not as I jumped in the pickup. There were probably a hundred poor people rummaging through the trash organizing them in neat piles. Apparently they recycle and use almost everything. read more

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A thoughtful moment – Hermanus, South Africa

That was a close one. I made it out of Hermanus after only 8 days but I will keep fond memories with me for much longer. In Hermanus it doesn`t take long to become transformed into a local and I felt it creeping closer with each day. I am so glad to have been able to view the whale and have enjoyed such stellar weather during my visit. I cannot get over how friendly people here in South Africa have been to me.

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Whale watching and shark diving – Hermanus, South Africa

Wow! Is it June already? I don`t know where the time is slipping away to….almost a year that I will have been away. But sometimes when I think back, I wonder how I have managed this much in the first place. Really time begins to lose its edge. Anyway, its nowhere near over yet so Carmella, get back in the moment.

Shark diving is a good way to do that. I have been mostly just doing a whole lot of relaxing here in Hermanus. Its a good excuse to say “yeah, I am going to watch the whales” and then go sit by the powerful ocean for hours. I mean, I can just close my eyes and listen to the surf smash the crooked rocks. Then sometimes it will quell just a mere whisper of the former moment. read more

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