Monthly Archives: July 2003

Rainbows and Sand Angels – Pondoland, South Africa

We packed up quite early hoping to get a jump start on the day when all of a sudden we were inundated by the monkeys! They were everywhere and after nicking a potato they decided it was a free for all. We scrambled about trying to guard not only our food but our shoes even. Oh no! Not another pair of shoes stolen!

I really felt like we were in a scene from planet of the apes. We hastened our packing but not before the mischievous critters crawled right into the front of the land rover grabbing a bag of nuts. They threw the bag to each other from tree to tree as if to play keep away. Ah but I fooled them! Somehow I managed after shaking the tree up and down to get the bag of nuts back. Ya! Victory over the monkeys! read more

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Cycling, Swimming, Climbing, and Kloofing – Mkambati, South Africa

We made an early start after a hearty breakfast packed full of the energy we would need for the full day we have ahead of us. We jumped on our bikes and after carrying them over the river, we rode along the hard sand packed beach with the sun reflecting on the ocean. I thought about what perfect weather we had for this day. The sun beaming down and a very slight gentle breeze to dry the beads of perspiration on my back. read more

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Butterfly breakfasts – Msikaba, South Africa

I woke and stretched in the waking sun breathing in a lungful of fresh clean sea air. I drank a tea and watched the hundreds of dolphins surfing the waves below my rocky perch at the end of the path from the village. The misty dense cloud carpet spilled over the mountains in the distance backlit by the yellow rising sun.

We said our goodbyes to the family and were on our way to the summit of Mount Thesiger where we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. I sipped my tea over looking the landscape of mountains and sea. Butterflies everywhere would land next to me showing off thier intricate patterns as I laid out on a rock overhang, the river far below. read more

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Xhosa Culture – Mngazana, South Africa

I am really surprised that the 4 day transkei tour came through. I really wanted to do the one day tour last week but didn’t get to and was really quite upset about it. Now I see that sometimes I don`t get what I want because something even better is coming for me. So even without the minimum number of people, Sean told me to pack my bags because they were going to run it anyway. read more

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Starring Special Guest Matt – Cintsa, South Africa

hello all you carmella`s friends and random people too. This is not Carmella. Carmella is incapacitated right now. She`s been drinking on the job and now she`s trying hard to count the money. Drunk girl counting the loot. Can that be good?

It is a perfect day in sub-paradise today. It is 30 degrees and not a cloud in the sky and the surf is up. And we`re working, Carmella and I, indamndoors. Allow myself to introduce myself. My name is Matt, and I have no middle name. read more

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Butter Sir – Cintsa/East London, South Africa

Have been spending my days working working and hum,lets see what else…yes working. When I am not sorting out the backpackers as the front desk person, I have been pretty intent on resting as much as possible.

Listen, I have to vent. I am so sick of people who say “ohhh…your from Canada…you should be used to the cold!” YAH! I have had to spend my whole life in the snow and ice. The last thing I want to do is shiver in the cold which is precisely why I am sick. read more

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Hopped up on goofballs – Cintsa, South Africa

On my one year anniversary, I was still feeling quite sick so I woke up and ate a bunch of fresh papaya, grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. Then I lazed around until it was time to go horseback riding, still feeling under the weather but hoping that the fresh air would do me good. Unfortunately, I only made it halfway through the ride before I started hallucinating that I was trudging through the Sahara on a camel. read more

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My new South African family – Cintsa, South Africa

I was just taking a stroll on the never-ending beach when I ran into Jerry the dog who looks like a puppy. She is like 10 years old but still has the perky curious ears and eyes of a pup. She introduced me to her family, Suzanne and Louis, who embraced me with their kindness inviting me to their home for a braai. They are actually from the Free State but are holidaying here for a few weeks. read more

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Stop – Cintsa, South Africa

I am seeing the most amazing pink and red sunrises here. It seems I wake up at exactly the right time every morning to enjoy the peace of the sun lighting up the cloud formations over the vast blue ocean. The birds here range from metallic blues to pastel peaches singing curious songs I haven`t heard before.

I am staying at a place that is really a resort for backpackers. It`s not like anything else I have be to before but strongly reminds me of a Club Med. There is a school nearby which a bunch of backpackers have volunteered to paint. There is always something to do and everyday they have free activities with free wine. Too bad I am not really drinking at the moment. Actually, its probably a good thing then. read more

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Elephants Everywhere – Port Elizabeth, South Africa

When we finally found the elephant park, the kids were so hungry that we had to eat before even starting the drive through the nature park. The food was quite good and less expensive than I had expected for being in the middle of such a tourist attraction. After our lunch we piled into the car on a hunt for elephants.

I was going to wait to see these animals but I ran into a few people who said that they actually spent 4 days on safaris without seeing one lion or elephant….shame. I started to think that we would have the same bad luck as we drove and drove seeing only a few baby warthogs. There were heaps (excuse the pun) of evidence on the road that there were elephants present but we just drove around and around to no avail. read more

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