Trip Start Jul 19, 2009
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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buccaneers backpackers lodge

Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cintsa, a neat little village near the shores of the Indian Ocean. I'm looking at it now, blue sea and sand dunes, from the balcony of my dorm at the Buccaneers. As I am the only one staying here, I have the whole house to myself. Quite a luxury, specially as I am getting tired of meeting  new people, too fast, too intense - I need a break for a while.
However, the gardener-cum-odd job man is omnipresent, always hovering around - he just needed to urgently measure a stick on my balcony, search me why.

I came here to check out a job, and to be closer to civilisation to organise things.
The job was there, came at a price though. Well organised, didn't seem they were that desperate for help. Maybe the volunteers are a welcome source of income, I don't know, whatever, I just couldn't see myself staying here.
The internet turned out to be a disappointment too. I have spent vast amounts of time and money sending emails that disappear, losing connection while in the middle of something, time running out - very frustrating.
Does make me realise how totally dependant I have become of the net.

Anyway, another project turned up, sounded more like my thing, but that meant travelling to the middle of nowhere, not sure what I might find there. I don't mind taking a risk but my time here is limited and I've been on so many wild goose chases, might-be's, could-be's, should-be's.
Time is often a factor: wait for such and such a person to be back, tomorrow, next week, who knows, and then it's always someone else you need to speak to. But willing and friendly people; maybe it's me, too impatient. Still, it's not been a waste of time, it's been an interesting quest.

Yesterday I got a call from Nicole, she took me on a tour last year, very kind girl. A friend of hers organises overland camping trips, sounded good, kind of tipped the scales. Forget about volunteering, time's ticking on and I want to make most of it.

So tomorrow I move to East London from where I will catch a bus to Cape Town.
We leave on Sunday, travelling on a truck, up the west coast to Namibia, crossing the desert, through Botswana and the Okavango delta on to Zambia or Zimbabwe, not sure, ending at Victoria Falls.
It'll take 3 weeks + 2 days to Jo'burg. Not just a great experience but also meaning I will not have to wonder about the next bed or meal.
I am told it will be hot, hmm, well, I'm in Africa, ain't I?
After that I intend to make my way to Durban, Amanzimtoti, to visit the children I was working with last year. Then slowly travel back to East London, hopefully managing to visit someone at Grahamstown before returning to Amsterdam.

Ja, sounds like I managed to plan something after all. Of course, chances are it will turn out completely different, as usual, but, long as it's an adventure, I'm not complaining.

P.S. Thank you all for your kind words and concern posted on the previous one. Makes me look like a right idiot, but much appreciated nonetheless:)
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Rui Machado on

You are really a fighter!!!!!!
Is wonderfull feel all your positive attitude against the adversities!
Is so nice the humour you put talking some difficult situations!
Have a nice stay.

Sarah on

Phew! All looking alot more positive now, thank goodness - as they say, never give up hope.... Watch the gardner-cum-odd job man and enjoy the wonderful experiences of the next few weeks - know you will! x

Irene on

Dear Kate. Sounds like a good plan, and you'll be able to see a lot of the sights and the country. No worries, no danger ... as far as you can tell. Give my love to the children from last year, hope you can give them some joy and comfort, which i'm sure you will. Enjoy yourself and take care. Love, Irene

Mouse lady on

Soo glad to hear there's a plan muffin. Let me know what happens. Watch out for searing sun and freezing nights. Most of all enjoy the adventure. V

jockmcconn on

Hello K-A

Glad to see that Grahamstown is still chalked into your itinerary. Yes, we're definitely still expecting and looking forward to seeing you. Must just firm up on dates. With a bit of luck I'll be able to take you on the "'Oh, shit!'Tour"!


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