Decisions are the hardest! After debating if I wanted a big challenge and travel solo through Namibia and try to find people to hire a car with, I decided to go for the overland arranged option. I take off on june 2 on a 21 day camping trip with Bundu safari’s through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. It’s not exactly cheap but nor are these countries. I’m ready for conveniences and not always having to plan and figure things out on daily basis. It can be tiresome on the soul and I’m just not game for it at the moment. It’s a treat to myself.
My last week in Cape town has been good. I was hosted by an awesome Indian South African gal, Pravanya and her boyfriend Kabil for the weekend and enjoyed being on their schedule- went to an older coworkers home with all guests around my age, Pravanya cooking yummy chicken curry, then enjoying a scumptious breakfast the following morning, relaxing and then trying my skills at football (soccer). I quite enjoyed it- it’s kinda like dancing with also trying to outwit your opponent. I like the challenge of the game. Then she cooked for me again. Yum and not expected. I’m looking forward to seeing her this weekend. We also climbed up Lion’s head, a beautiful peak that gives shape to the city bowl- central cape town. It was a good hike, climbing over rocks and boulders with 360 degree views of the city, table mountain, camps bay and the sea. Can’t wait to post photos!
This past week I stayed with a lovely South African Afrikaner woman, Ardine, for a week. She is awesome, very open and welcoming and we got on well she had me stay a week. The only unfortunate thing was she was also hosting an Irish gal who was a bit too much for me- demanding, inconsiderate, in her own little world that life centers around and loved talking but not listening. Sound like someone we all want to hang out with, doesn’t it? Apparently, it was only me that had the issue as my host didn’t seem bothered. We spent Tues- Sun together which was a lot for me to bare. For one, I’ve been used to being on my own and doing my thing but also difficult because our personalities were not a match. But I survived… and I might end up seeing her this weekend as it’s planned she’ll be staying with Pravanya too. AHHH…
I went wine tasting, enjoyed the view from table mountain (one of my favorite places), checked out the nightlife, attended a couch surfing meet up (more overseas visitors/living here rather than locals) and glimpsed at the over priced craft market for ideas. I just can’t be bothered. I dislike the haggling and the redundant bull shit stories to make you feel sorry into paying way too much. I asked one woman if they were mulungu prices (white prices) and she laughed and said, “you’re clever.” I love it. it’s funny. I know the game and they laugh that I can’t be conned.
I have another week until my trip to Namibia begins and I can’t wait. I’m currently couch surfing with a guy from the states who is studying at University of Western cape. Today, we hoped on the train-nothing too elaborate, like the metro in New York but only a few different train lines and with 2 separate classes- 1st and 3rd. 1st is slightly more comfortable. During rush hour, there would be a bigger difference. We went to Strand, an hr from Cape town a city on the ocean with an eerie and bizarre feeling. Had an interesting lunch- one where half the things on the menu aren’t available (typical Africa) yet within an office building with a salon, real estate office and gym… It’s filled with tall buildings lining the coast full of flats but without much character or cafes, bars, restaurants. I’m trying to figure out if it’s a holiday destination or what or maybe it’s the next thing? A lot of construction but not too many people. Now were at the University, sun has set while he gets info for his exams.
I’ve been trying not to have plans and just go with the flow. Let go completely and see what happens. COuch surfing allows for it. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’ll stay with a host or go to a backpackers or if they’re up for exploring or not. wait and see. It’s nice. Freeing myself from making plans isn’t easy. It seems as if it’s within us to always make plans and abide by them but living life is meant for random encounters, change, different directions. I’m striving to let go!
It’s been quite rewarding so far…