Blog Day 25 Tues 31st May 2011
So as it turns out the view from our room is stunning! We can see right up and down the beach and the waves are pretty spectacular! Jefferys bay is a town that is pretty much dominated by surfing! Everywhere you look in the town there is a billabong shop, a quicksilver shop, a reef shop and so many more. We take a wander into town to see what’s happening. Everywhere along the Garden Route has been pretty dead, as it’s out of season, and jefferys bay is no exception. After looking in most of the surf shops we head down to a spur for some nachos. The place is being renovated and the service is shocking, however they are playing a repeat of the England game. So we get to see just how England came to loose.
After heading back to the hostel we chill out of a bit before hitting the kitchen to knock up a Thai green curry (from a packet) accompanied with our bottle of Spier wine that we have been carrying around with us. There is another couple in the kitchen cooking the same packet sauce, and the lady is Thai, so we know if it’s going to be any good or not. Turns out the sauce is spot on and our first ‘fend for yourself’ meal ticks all our boxes.
The other couple in the kitchen is Rupert and Ester, a much older couple who live in Italy. He is English and we still think she is Thai. They are a lovely couple and on telling them about our trip Rupert tells us of a website called Helpex. Helpex is basically a site where you can work your way around your travels in exchange for beds and food. This may come in handy.
Rupert and Ester are down here on holiday with another couple, John and Kwai. Again John is English and Kwai is Thai. They are also a great couple and we spend the evening playing cards with them. They have a younger son called Stephen, who is mesmerized with Dan’s shuffling skills, and is even more mesmerized when the card tricks start.
Blog Day 26 Wed 1st June 2011
On getting up this morning and scoffing down a bowl of Weetabix, Kwai tells us that they are doing a Braai for lunch and that we must join them. Who are we to turn down a free meal? She tells us that she needs to head out to get some shopping and we are more than welcome to come along. This is handy for us as we need some supplies. We hit the shops and pick up stuff to make these awesome cheese and veg sandwiches on the braai. We had them a few times in Cape Town and they were fantastic. We also mention to Kwai that we fancied picking up some sachets of hot chocolate, and on finding out that we couldn’t get them at the shop she insists on driving us around most of the shops in Jefferys Bay to look for them. Still no joy however so we admit defeat.
Back at the hostel John has the braai on the go and Kwai makes a start on preparing all the meat. Turns out we didn’t really need to buy the sandwich stuff as there is far too much food already. Still I’m sure they will come in handy in the following days. The braai was amazing and we manage to squeeze Kwai’s Malaysian Fried Beans recipe out of her.
After the braai we head back to our room to pack up our stuff as we are leaving for Port Elizabeth tonight. We head up to the reception to pay for our room only to be told not to worry about it, in return for Dan’s dad’s contact details. What a touch, we could get used to this. So much so that on phoning the next hostel we manage to score another 2 free nights in a double en-suite room.
We say our goodbyes to Kwai and the gang, and Dan gives his new biggest fan (Stephen) a deck of card and a few little tricks to keep him busy. He’s well chuffed. Then it’s off to PE we go!