Meet the Taverners
Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
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As we pulled into East London, Rod told us to pull over to a "well lit area" and wait for him for 10 minutes
There are not enough words to describe Rod and Ady Taverner. They are from South Africa, have two children our age, and have traveled a lot in their lives. Rod told us that when he was younger and traveling through America, many families opened their homes to him, and he was happy to return the favor in hopes that other people will continue to do the same thing. Because they have traveled so much, they know exactly what backpackers miss most about home - home cooked food, comfy beds, clean laundry, hot showers and good company.
We pulled through the gate into the driveway and were quickly greeted by two very large German Shepard attack dogs
Ady was out of town for the night so Rod was left to entertain us. We are pretty sure he called up his German friend Franz and said one of two things. "I have three American girls that I don't know at my house and I need you to help me entertain them" or "I have three American girls at my house and we are going to have a party." On our drive to East London, Rod called and asked if we wanted chicken, pork or beef. We told him beef, but it didn't matter because he planned a big South African Braai (BBQ) with all three. We brought a bottle of wine from tasting in Stellenbosch and made the dinner salad. Edith cooked up some amazing crispy potatoes and sweet corn. Rod and Franz cooked all the meat on the Braai. Rod told us some hilarious stories about his best friend from childhood that turned into a hippie hostel owner in Coffee Bay. We were very excited to meet the infamous Carl, but decided to stick around East London for another day to see the sights and sounds and meet Ady
The next morning we woke up to an array of breakfast foods on the dining room table and filter coffee (a rare treat when traveling). We relaxed around the pool reading, petting the dogs, and drinking coffee waiting for Ady to come home. Ady came home and we enjoyed tea and biscuits outside. She dropped us off at the mall to walk around while she had a hair appointment. We stopped at an outdoors store and Brittany bought a sleeping mat for the safari. We were afraid that someone would try to steal our really cool sunglasses from Wilderness, so we bought some even better animal print ones. Then, we saw a music store and decided to buy Chico a treat. We dug through the bargain bin before deciding on two amazing CDs - Best Hip Hop of the 90s Volume 2 (sung not by the original artists but the phenomenal vocal stylings of Nick G instead - please note we did not know this at the time of purchase) and Big Brother Africa. Assume for the remainder of the trip we are listening to one of these two CDs at all times in Chico.
After a little shopping, we met Ady at Ocean Basket for lunch and a few drinks. We ate seafood and sushi and discovered our new favorite drink, the Don Pedro (a blend of vanilla ice cream and Kahlua)
We went to watch the sunset over the river and had a few sundowners before returning back to the house for dinner
The next morning we had yet another great breakfast. Edith had put all our pressed, clean clothes in our room and Ady packed us a bag of snacks for the road. They said they wanted to come to Coffee Bay with us, but unfortunately it was their daughters birthday so they spent the weekend in Cape Town instead. We followed Rod's hand drawn map to Coffee Bay that day.
We had such a good time with Rod and Ady and we could not have imagined a better two days with people we hardly knew before. They opened their home to us and were the some of the most genuinely kind and generous people we have ever met. Thank you so much for everything.
GEOFF HALL FROM EDINBURGH HIGH CLASS OF 1973, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, PLEASE CONTACT US. WE KNOW WHERE YOUR CLASS RING IS.
Glums and Glows
Glum: The Kudu and Rod's crush on my boyfriend
Glow: Rod and Ady's stories
Glum: The scary stop on the side of the road while waiting for Rod
Glow: Edith pressed her jeans
Glum: The stories are too good for the blog
Glow: Best possible outcome of staying with people we just met