Between the 5th to the 12th of January I took my first week of holiday leave. I was supposed to be heading to Lesotho with other Project Trust volunteers but unfortunately I wasn’t able to go. Instead I made some last minute plans, had a great week off and saw some really beautiful parts of the Western Cape.
On the first day me, Magdalena, Ronja and Irene went to the West Coast National Park. This was my second time there but it didn’t disappoint. It was an incredibly hot day. We drove to the rock pools where I climbed across the rocks to get a good spot to watch how the waves crashed into them.
Then we headed to the lagoon. The water is so clear and warmer than the ocean. It wasn’t very deep and took a long walk to get far enough to swim. The beach is stunning and usually very quiet.
The sun was so strong that day I came home with burns all over my back, shoulders and back of my legs. Have you ever had sunburn on the back on your knees? If not I hope you never have to endure the pain.
On the 7th and 8th I sat majority of both days with the older girls whilst one of them braided my hair. It was painful and very very long. But so worth it. I haven’t had hair as long as that in atleast 3 years and it felt so good.
I loved my braids and felt more like me than I have since I’ve been here. I’ve lost of sense of my unique style I had at home so this gave me a real sense of individuality.
On the 9th myself, Timo, Benedikt and Leon all went to the casino near by. We played a game of laser quest and i have to say I am very proud of myself. I was 5th out of everyone and had beaten the boys by a long shot as they came 12th, 13th and 15th. After we played in the arcade for a while. I managed to collect enough tokens to win myself some glow in the dark glasses, some sweets and a brother bear folder. These were to add to my tiara I previously won. I may almost be 20 but my inner child clearly does not know that at all.
From the 10th to the 12th I went on a road trip with Benedikt and Leon. On the first day we travelled to Hermanus and spent the day at the beach there. The tide was out and the waves were strong. The amount of times I was almost couldn’t resist pushing a child off their boogie board to have a go myself.
In the evening we bought a bottle of lemon vodka. We played pool at the Cape Aghulas Backpackers before playing a drinking game Leon found on his phone. I think it’s safe to say we all got the drunkest we have been since we got here.
The next morning we headed to Cape Aghulas, the most southern point of Africa and where the Atlantic and Indian ocean meet.
A small drove further along we found an old shipwreck. One of the guys said it was a Japanese shipwreck from the 1800s.
The rest of the day we spent at the beach only 5 minute walk from the backpackers. In the evening we played pool again. The backpackers had a bunch of dogs. They would run to the pool table when you put a coin in. One actually jumped up and grabbed a ball a few times during our games.
The next day was our last day of the trip. We checked out and I said goodbye to Polly to parrot, another pet at the backpackers. We headed to De Hoop Nature Reserve. On the way we rescued a tortoise from being squished by a 4×4. We saw flamingos, ostriches and a dead bok on the drive into the nature reserve. The bok was collapsed next to the road and we were sure the leopards at the reserve would get to it sooner or later.
We spent the entire day at the nature reserve at their beach. I bet you beginning to see a pattern. We got to the beach just before high tide. The waves were huge.
I went swimming and the waves pulled you so far out to sea and then literally threw you right back to shore. It was really fun. Leon began shouting for me loads and I begrungedly got out and asked him what was wrong. He had spotted something big in the water next to me. He said it must have been a seal. I sat and watched the waves for a while until I spotted a the tail of what only could have been a seal splashing in the waves. As amazing as that is, if there are seals the sharks will be close by so I decided to not go back in.
It was a long drive back but made fun with some old music from all our childhoods. As great as the time away from the children was I was so excited to get back and see them.
I am hoping to get another road trip in during the Easter holidays to see more of what South Africa has to offer.