Saturday 3rd March
Journal entry brought to you by Tami
Today was a very very lazy day. Despite waking up at 6.30am we got up at an incredibly late hour just because we didn't have to adhere to Keith's timeframe! We made breakfast, I had a huge fruit salad with a whole mango, kiwi, apple, nectarine and banana, and a quater of a grapefruit, which was absolutely lush. Sophie and I had decided that today was going to be the day that we began our detox, which is why I was eating an orchard for brekkie.
We then walked down to the opticians so that Sophie could enquire about new glasses, and she has now arranged to get some new ones before we leave Cape Town, so it's good that that's all sorted (though I still say who is thick enough to wear their glasses in the sea?! TWICE?!!)
We then went to the internet cafe for a bit to upload some photos and send some emails. Again, although we keep saying this, thank you SO much to everyone who has written on the site, it's so amazing to see your messages, and also to those who have sent us emails - they are lovely. Just because we don't reply doesn't mean we're not absolutely ecstatic to read them - they put a huge smile on both our faces and really cheer us up when we're missing home. We will at some stage take some time to reply to you all.....(hopefully!) but just time is very precious over here so we spend more time uploading photos and updating journal entries so we can keep you all informed! So apologies and thanks to all of you. Keep them coming! We love hearing how things are going back home (talking of which Hayley thank you for your email the other day, your reply will be on its way soon, fingers crossed. Send me a picture of Lewis in his gear! I bet he looks so cute!)
Then we wandered to the supermarket so I could buy a cheap sim card, so I am now more able to text than before. I would say I'll put the number on here if you want to contact me but I don't know it. However I do have my old phone with me so by all means text me on 07974 305079 should the need arise and I'll reply off my new number should I get time.
We then took a stroll to the laundrette to see if our clothes were ready, which they were, so we started to walk up to the hostel, only to get caught in a big fat rainstorm. We popped into the supermarket on the way home to buy some vegetables for our evening meal, and then dripping wet we legged it back to Ashanti. It was chucking it down, seriously, where is the sun?! This place is meant to be boiling hot and I spent the day wearing a fleece. Now that's depressing.
We then went up to our room and Sophie and I unpacked our laundry - mmmm clean clothes are SUCH a luxury. I will never again under estimate the power of detergent - and were about to go down to have lunch and Sophie threw my bag of vegetables at me, so I threw it back, and yep, you guessed it. Carrots everywhere. I found one in my shoe later on that day. So we picked up what we could and then went downstairs and cooked it anyway like the tramps we are. After lunch we were chatting to Dennis the American, and Kia and Stina, two Danish girls (some of our roommates - can't remember if we've mentioned them already) and were a bit torn between going up the Lion's Head mountain to watch the lunar eclipse at midnight or going to the Long Street Festival in the evening. We eventually opted for the festival - (since when have we ever turned down a free party?!) so we all had a little nap then got ready to go. Kia and Stina introduced us to Lisa, James, Georgia, Kelly and Natalie who were also planning on going to the festival and we met downstairs a bit later after a few rounds in the bar. Some of us were willing to walk to Long Street whereas others wanted to get a cab (it was raining) so we split and met about 10 minutes later at Mama Africa. We looked around the festival for a while, there was loads going on, street artists, bands, rappers, people dancing, people screaming, ice sculptures, street food EVERYWHERE, all the shops had stayed open, and all the bars were PACKED. We went to Zula for a bit but it was just so rammed we only stayed for one round and then decided we could breathe more easily on the street so we went back down. We then all seriously got a case of munchies, so most people went to the kebab stall but Sophie, Natalie and myself being vegetarians, went to Nando's (which is a chicken joint - the irony) to get veggie burgers and chips. Sophie was good and stuck to her detox. I did not. And then of course, you have to follow a veggie burger with icecream, so Natalie and I went off on a mission to find some! And sure enough our efforts payed off and within minutes we were munching on Almond Magnums. Yum. A bit later on when we'd seen pretty much everything we decided to head back up to the hostel and again, some people decided to get a cab back, but Sophie, Kelly, Natalie and I walked back. We got back and promptly went straight to bed.
All in all a nice lazy day to settle us back into life without Keith, ha ha. Seriously though, a huge thank you to him for everything - we had a really mint time last week and I will miss his sarcasm and rude abuse!