Monthly Archives: July 2003

Happy Canada Day! – Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

I really enjoyed my quiet time in Keurboomstrand admiring the empty private beach. It was nice visiting with my gracious hosts, Grant, Elbie and their plethora of pets. I really didn`t do much except sit in the sand dunes watching the dolphins bound through the big waves.

Next stop was Jeffreys Bay. This town is just one huge Billabong store with the occasional fast food joint to keep things fluid. I checked in and immediately clicked with the flat full of surfers that I made home for a week. Whoever said that surfers were egotistical snobs didn’t meet my roomies who came from Brazil, Oz, and the States who welcomed me into their little groove. read more

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Lions Tigers and Bears Oh My! – Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Sweet surfer girl Mackenzie patiently helped me unravel my head of braids which, to my surprise, had started dreading. I could have made a Chewbacka suit with the amount of hair that I lost while combing it out in the shower. Ya, a bit gross but lucky me, my crimped mane puffed out like a lion made for some interesting photo ops at the Lion Park. read more

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Impromtu Township Tour – Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Mandy, Warren, and I took a day trip over to St. Francis to check out the surf and dine on some calamari by the wharf. The weather wasn’t really cooperating and it started to rain bringing a chill in the air as well. I did however get to see the stretch of beach made famous by the movie Endless Summer, a surfing legend which I finally watched.

We headed over to watch the fishermen hauling in their catches while we ate some of the best calamari I have ever tasted. It wasn’t chewy at all and had the most delicate flavor making me wonder what on earth I have been eating up to this point when I would order squid. Yummy but now I have been spoiled as the seafood here in South Africa is so fresh it practically swims onto your plate. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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