21.12.2008 - 29.12.2008
Well, we absolutely loved South Africa. As long as you can afford to live in a gated community it is awesome. Not sure I'd want to live out in the "wild" though. I've never seen so many electric fences and razor wire.
The last week has been much of the same - Braai's, swimming, and beers. A great way of life. And I'm totally missing biltong.
We also went to see a cricket match which was a fantastic day out. Sitting on the grass with beers and biltong. It's amazing when they hit a six. I was in line to catch one but as I went for it I was tackled by Michael-Lee and someone else (There is a 500 rand prize for catching a 6) so never quite made it.
After Michael explained the strategy of cricket to me I've started to really enjoy watching it, especially the "20 overs" mayhem games. We watched SA beat NZ the other day - scoring the 2nd ever highest test score. SA have the 1st too.
Back to the pool...
( A regular day round the pool and Braai)
I even had my ears waxed in preparation for Xmas day...
(Yes, it hurt and I shouted like a girl)
Christmas day was a hoot. Not your regular English one. We started the day with a trip to the "happy clappy" church, then hit the champagne properly, joined by lots of the Lester family and friends. As you can guess, we ended up round the pool and had... yep, a Braai :-)
(The pool dragon was more popular with the grown-ups)
Christmas lunch was of course .....
... fillet steak :-) (Oh how I love South Africa)
We had such a good blast. Michael and Niki looked after us so well, and the rest of the family made us really welcome. We'll most certainly be going back again. That is if they get over their memories of meeting me.... i.e. drunken Karate with Mike to mention just one encounter ;-)
We set off about 48 hours ago headed for Thailand again. What a journey!
It's a small miracle we got to our final destination with so many tight connections... 9 hour flight to Abu Dahbi, connecting within 1 hour to fly 6 hours to Bangkok, then 2 hours to get connecting flight to Koh Samui, then a ferry to Koh Tao. The 1st flight was delayed by 1 hour so we were amazed everything came together. We were also very lucky at Bangkok. The queues for immigration were huge, but as we stood in line, a group of about 10 people in front of us left the line, presumably to get their paperwork in order, so we got through in no time at all.
We are now ensconced in our luxury accomodation in Koh Tao.
(Air con, sealed room - very up market for us in Thailand - and bloody expensive , but everything else is booked for New Year)
Looking forward to New Year on the beach, though the weather is overcast and forecast to be the same for the next week. Still, it's hot and humid.
Very excited to see Clare, my sister, too. She's coming over on the 1st.