I am back!
On thursday I arrived in Port Elizabeth, at eleven pm.. I was tired and also flipping, because I called the backpackers at the end of the afternoon, but the driver got a phone call saying that the backpackers was full. So I was afraid that my booking got lost or something and I had no place to sleep! Thankfully, it was bullsh*t and there were multiple beds available. So no worries!
Well, no worries.. It started raining again :( There goes my nice walk around town! So it was up to the marine park in PE, which was the smallest park I have ever seen! Think two "big" bassins with seals and penguins and then about ten very small aquariums with fish.. Impressive!
The next day was better, though. I went to Addo Elephant Park - the same as Kruger, but different :) We were very lucky: we saw lions from an arnlength away, rolling around, posing, the whole deal. We also saw meerkats, so now the whole Lion King is complete: Timon, Pumba, Simba, hyenas, wilderbeest, baboons and even Zazu the hornbill! Not all in Addo, also in Kruger. So it was a good day!
So, I realised that I have not really told you anything about what South Africa is like. I told lots of stories about what I did, but not what it feels like to be here. Let's start with the easy part - the climate. Actually, it should be summer by now, but it isn't anymore. When I came here, the first 4 weeks, the weather was awesome: 30-35 degrees every day! After that, just rain and coldness... Of course it will not spoil the fun!
If we talk about the people here, it is a funny story. Knowing there would be white people, it is still weird seeing them. I have the feeling that they just don't belong here. You will also see the difference in behaviour and attitude between black and white people. It almost looks like the white people look down on the black people. But if you look to job opportunities, white males are the last ones in line. So it is all a bit mixed up if you know what I mean.
To give you a sense of the vibe on the streets. The difference between rich and poor is very obvious. The neighbourhoods are either townships with small, broken houses or communities with big fences and electric wire. Yes, you read it well - electric wire is everywhere! That sometimes makes it uncomfortable to walk on the streets. For example, I still haven't been out after six - except for some tours. And the locals warn you too: don't go out when it is dark. In Jo'burg, Coffee Bay and here in Jeffreys Bay.
That brings us back to this very moment. I am in Jeffreys Bay now. A lovely place, on the beach. There is supposed to be a lot of activities, but the company told me that the weather was not summer-y enough to do anything but surfing or cycling.. And then surfing is still nit ideal, because the wind is STRONG. So that is going to be cycling around town, which is actually quite nice, because I haven't cycled in a loooong time. Oh, did I tell you that they have crazy outlets here - Roxy, Billabong, Quicksilver. And in my hostel they also give you a 10% discount on top of the sales!
My bag is going to explode ;)
Speak to you next time!