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Avoiding Cobras , puff adders and sharks-

Eastern cape heading towards Port Elizabeth

overcast 17 °C

Picture the scene, Tom climbing near table mountain Jonathan having hooked up with a south African climber .. phone call received from Tom....."Mum I am high up and there is a cobra curled up sunbathing on the rock next to me and there are puff adders in the bushes".... he was full of dramatic near miss stories when he got back home. Later when Tom was tucked up in bed dreaming of his narrow escapes, Jonathan admitted they would have received flesh burning blisters from the bushes near the hand holds, but for his new friend there pointing them out!

On 28th June ..(J's birthday) Tom joined local kids at Muisenberg beach surf school for the day we left him whilst we toured Simonstown area for a few celebratory drinks! .When we collected him we realised that this bay is shark infested and the significance of the flag system to warn of sharks.. apart from a huge egg on his head from a board that clunked him..he was unscathed and in one piece .. Thank god I didn’t see the graphic pictures of children with chunks out of their limbs in newspaper cuttings at the local cafe ..

The scenery is contrastingly breathtaking ....sheer cliff drops from roadsides down to the Atlantic ..miles and miles of African plains peppered with ostriches and cattle ( their ostriches are our sheep. If you know what I mean)
So now we are heading for Port Elizabeth towards the Eastern Cape- we are staying at Starling backpackers off the beaten track, it has all essential luxuries ..a bed, a hot shower beer, wifi, table tennis and best of all a roaring circular camp fire which is set indoors near the dimly lit bar and dining area-the place is transfused with Indy music... ( I’m right by the fire as I write this by the way) Large comfy sofas are placed all around the room each furnishing bottoms from Korea, Sweden South Africa, USA and Germany. We are waiting for a communal curry to be produced

I wasn't going to mention Germany ... so this is my final comment re: the world cup and England .. we didn’t deserve to win and we shouldn't have expected to ... I think all here bar the Germans want Ghana to win ..ok at least go to the Semi's....Go Ghana... please friends at home say a prayer to whoever it is you talk to....
XX L J and T

Posted by WAKEFIELDS 11:52 Archived in South Africa Tagged backpacking

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