Two lazy bedfellows and a sleepless mama

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


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Flag of South Africa  , Northern Cape,
Monday, September 20, 2010

Just gabbing on while I can.

There was a sign in the campsite's toilet saying:
Beware of snakes and scorpions. If you are bitten please try and kill the perpetrator and bring him with you to the doctor.
(Skokkie told us no-one ever made it to the doctor who was hours away.)
Kind of funny, I thought, not being bitten of course, just the way it was put.

Anyway, I bought a blanket and some cheap furry booties I wouldn't be seen dead with in Amsterdam but they turned out to be a real blessing, the nights are freezing cold.
As it is, I needn't have bothered for when I crept into my tent I found I had two warm bedfellows, one white, one brown.
They were not in the least interested in me, in fact they didn't bat an eyelid as I quickly undressed and tried to wriggle into my sleeping bag. Just lay there like big lumps of clay, no intention of making room for me, they liked my blanket and they got there first, so..........

That's dogs for you.
I tugged and pulled, they wouldn't budge, and I should have been more assertive, but the whole situation had me laughing out loud - I just gave up. Didn't get much sleep, I was lying on the cold, clammy plastic of my 'mattress' listening to their sighs and grunts.
One of them used my bum as a pillow, the other gave me the occasional lick, my shoulders cold as they had now pinched the whole blanket and the sleeping bag had mysteriously disappeared.
But I couldn't help smiling at the ridiculous situation and at least the parts of me they snuggled up to were warm. And smelly.

Hopefully that awful stench will be blown away by the desert winds at Hobas, the Fishriver Canyon, our next stop near the Namib border.

I think I am going to have to toughen up if I am going to get any sleep at all here in Africa.
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Irene on

This must feel like home, missing Sheppy a lot, or do n't you? ....
Hang on there gal and go for it

Patsy on

still keeping up. loved the sleeping arrangements - so recognisable! I have a similar bed-fellow although feline. what about fleas?
sounds absolutely fantastic anyway if somewhat basic, all the more fun though, like building camps in our childhood.
will try to find you on Google Earth, give us a wave - love P

Spanish Couple on

Nice post and quite real. It was a excellent night by the fire before you went to meet your bed fellows. We look forward to read more posts from the part of the trip we're missing. Kind regards from Spain. xxx

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