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The Rock-itt : February 2010
candles all under an open roof top with stars shining above us, it made for a great little restaurant! As we sat down to eat we could hear the lions roaring in the not so far distance, it was a magical experience. After my first day adventures, it was time to check out the local nightlife! Now Jeffery's Bay isn't really known for its nightlife, but my fellow volunteers and I still managed to have a great night out! It was in fact one of the volunteers, Noddy's, birthday that night so we all went out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant/pub. In South Africa they actually serve two different sizes for each meal -- a lady's portion and a man's portion. Of course if you're a lady it's rude to order the man's portion, and at first I must admit I was a little annoyed -- I can eat a man's portion if I want, I thought to myself. However, I stuck to the lady's portion and sure glad I did because it was massive!!!! After eating we all went to the pub side and drank it up! It was a small place but we still had a rocking time! Getting home was a little rough though, luckily in our drunken state we still managed to call a recommended driver and the 7 of us all crawled in an old five seater Mercedes! The next week I took just the one day off, as some of my new English beasties, Tan and birthday boy, Noddy, had planned a 2 day road trip up the coast and had to swap some days around so we could all go together! On this one day off the 3 of us went zip lining in the forest, over waterfalls and treetops. So fun! There are wires throughout the forest on high rock faces that you connect your harness to, then you just run off the edge and fly over the forest below or down a waterfall. I highly recommend it. To top it off on the way home, we all stopped at the most delicious café I have ever been to. Best chicken pie and chocolate cake in the world!!!! So next it was the road trip with me and the pommies. We had an awesome driver, Clint -- what a legend that guy was! Our trip started with an early breakfast followed by a walk along some really cool suspension bridges overlooking amazing scenery and the ocean. We continued on to stop at loads of animal parks and then stayed the night at a backpackers in a place called Wilderness. We went out that night, after homemade pizzas and a few wines at the backpackers in- house bar, and oh boy things got messy really fast, but what a blast! The 2 little local bars were filled with crazy, friendly characters, we just had so much fun. The next day we continued our trip, and the first stop was an ostrich farm! Why? To tread on their eggs and ride them of course! Yep, that's right! Ostrich eggs are so strong that most humans (that aren't completely obese) can stand on these eggs without breaking them! Ostriches are also strong enough to carry a (under 90kgs) human on their back! And let me tell you Noddy and I were fearless ostrich riders! After the ostrich farm it was off to go caving. And I don't mean strolling through massive open caves, I mean crawling through tiny gaps in the caves, sometimes on your hands and knees, and sometimes slithering on your belly. This is definitely not for the claustrophobic. I must admit when we first started I wasn't sure I could finish, especially after hearing about one unlucky plus sized woman who got stuck in the "devil's chimney" for 12 hours!!!!!! However, all was fine and I am so glad I did now. One thing I do recommend - don't wear thongs, wear sneakers! I had to do the whole tour bare foot, as my thongs were too slippery! After the caving we had to come back to sanctuary -- but I could have continued travelling like that for months. That's enough about my adventures for now. I will return next issue to tell you about the volunteering, the things I learnt and all the crazy animals I got to meet. Until next time, don't give up on your imagination -- keep it alive by living an adventurous life!