Kill the bastards

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Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Thursday, February 16, 2012


Well, that was me trying to be tough. I give up, I am European, I am going to complain. I am not feeling better, worse if anything. Precious days are spent in my dorm bunk bed, which is fine to crash in after an adventurous day, but now it feels like a prison cell. 
My body, shoulders, neck and head hurt, food has lost its meaning, the crashing of the waves, the screaming of the children, the brightness of the light, everything irritates me. I desperately want to leave Coffee Bay, as if that might lift some kind of spell, but to go where I want to go a 4 by 4 is required. Apparently someone might be passing who could take me there, but his or her phone is down and as yet another day passes I am told to be patient. Not one of my virtues, I am afraid, I wish I wasn't dependent. I wish I could trust myself to rent a car.
 
 I thought a massage would do me good and staggered to the Bomvu, maybe a 7 minute walk. I waited, and waited. Soon. She would be there soon. She didn't come. Dragging myself back to the lodge I bump into her, tidying the beach with local kids. Great. I mean that. She had bookings in the afternoon, then she had to cook....her voice drifted off. When? Maybe tomorrow. I hope to be gone by then. OK, try lunch time.
 
 It's lunchtime now and I have spent any energy I had. Also I just remembered yesterday I optimistically booked a guided tour for this afternoon. Stupid. But I shall try, might do me good, might snap out of it. 
So I am not sick enough to be past caring, but extremely frustrated, as you may have guessed. Mentally kicking and screaming.
  
You come to Africa having heard horrendous stories of people bitten by scorpions, snakes, monkeys and god knows what, but ticks, has anyone heard a chilling, heroic tale of being bitten by a tick?
Can anybody tell me what purpose ticks serve anyway? No? Then kill the bastards, all of them.
Did I really say that? I who will apologise for accidentally stepping on an ant? Whatever next? Hunting.....?
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gakema on

hi, wished i could help, know a lot about dog- scorpion- snake-monkeybites
but ticks... no experience with that.my 4x4 zebra is still going but durban is
not next door...hope you do the right thing and get serious help, love you
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Rui on

i can imagine how strong you must be tofight with the ill!
I admire you because you can write and explain so clearly!
Have a quick Recover!

m lapthorn on

dear me Katie! what's going on?!! You seem to attract ticks wherever yo go.
But seriously, please go and see a good doctor. Hope all goes well. love mieke

jockmac on

Hello K-A, sorry I'm only seeing this now. Get yourself some proper medical treatment fast. Tick bite is not to be messed with.

Alan Taylor on

Hi Katie... amidst all your frustrations, just remember your own Blog words - 'lust a few steps from Bliss'. Keep that as your mantra, even when things aren't going as well as you'd hoped.
Take care, bonny lass :)

katherine-anne
katherine-anne on

lieve gait, dank voor je briefje en als ik er goed over nadenk ben je inderdaad door al die dingen gebeten of geprikt - dan ben ik nog maar een beginneling:)
j'espere que tout va bien, and remember, durban is not quite the same here
xxx je zusje

katherine-anne
katherine-anne on

dear rui, thanks for encouragements and compliments. and dont worry - i told u i always land on my feet:)

katherine-anne
katherine-anne on

dear mieke, leuk dat je een bericht stuurde, niet voor iedereen te doen. ik hoor verhalen van schaatstochten, je zal wel in je element zijn. niet voor te stellen hier. probeer optimistisch te blijven over herstel - just my luck. hoop dat alles goed gaat bij jou - love to all kate x

katherine-anne
katherine-anne on

hi jock, thanks for messages and concern, i guess i will survive :) will call u soon and we can catch up. love to klary and bye for now

katherine-anne
katherine-anne on

thanks alan, u always know how to cheer a girl up, or was lust a typo?
right now just a few steps from a toilet is my idea of bliss......x

katherine-anne
katherine-anne on

hi dillon, i can't find your messages anymore but i did get them, thank u. well, i have been 'laid up' and any plans i had have gone haywire. however, if pos, i will make it to the kraal, if only to see that dog again and who knows the one-legged driver will take me there. say hi to derek - i spoke to his builder yy - small world, the wild coast.........

viv on

If needs must - nothing wrong with hunting as long as you eat or use every last bit of the prey.

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