Saturday, 16th February 2013
(Song choice for this blog entry: “Tracy’s Water” – PatrickWatson)
I hope to be able to do some impressive things in my life. I would also like to lend a helping hand to encourage others hopefully do the same one day: where I can, when I can.
After seeing the children of Chintsa East Village and the way they live -although it feels so foreign and is upsetting to understand their histories; recognise their presents; and make sense of the realities of their futures – one somehow takes on a sense of pride in the opportunity granted to be able to take part in a project such as this.
Having said this, it BEGS the question of:
‘when last did I actually do something for someone or something which was completely disconnected from my personal motivations and success?’
In the past, it would have to have been a very rare occasion by which I could answer this question sincerely. It seems to be due to me being caught up in the chaos of our contemporary society: narcissistic and self-involved.
Contemporary society is becoming more and more a type of contemporary enslavement; working your entire life to save money to blow on a red Ferrari, just so that ONE DAY you can drive it to-and-from work, once a day. It just seems so shallow. It seems almost a waste, no? But, encouraging someone to work for a sense of independence, to maximise their options and their freedoms in which to do so- I think that is what our generation desperately needs to see, and to help each other with. After all, we are only as strong as our weakest link.
After a week of racking through these thoughts - back and forth - dragging them through my brain, I returned to Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers, where I am to remain until Sunday morning. From here I will make my way through to Bulungula Lodge which is situated in one of the most rural villages in South Africa, Nqileni.
Below are some of the stories and photos which I picked up at Buccs before having to say goodbye.
You can also find my original introductory entry to Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers HERE.
ALI’S TIPS OF THE TRIP?
#1) Make friends with the Buccs’ staff. They become your family as well as treat you like it.
#2) Make sure to take part in the themed and festive dinners that Buccaneers hosts. The food is hearty and so is the company. They are also always informative about the different activities which will be happening in the near future of your stay, and are a great opportunity to link up with fellow backpackers who might be travelling on the same route as you are, if company is your ‘thang’.
If you do not feel like busying yourself with the many activities that the backpack has to offer and prefer to chill out, rather spend your day exploring the lounging areas and little dens that Buccs has created for your comfort and tranquillity.
The large deck extending out from the top dining room makes for a delicious spot to indulge in your breakfasts or dinners, or to just sit, read a book, socialise or suntan.
Some of the activities available to the guests of Buccaneers. They have it all! Make sure to take part in the afternoon free volleyball activity - great place to meet lekker people - as well as helping yourself to the free wine down by the pool every afternoon at 4pm. An absolute jol - and absolute must!
Another thing to look out for while in the area is Tea in the Trees. This special find is a local arts, crafts and home produce market. It has beautiful forests walks, serves delicious breakfasts and lunces, which is also accompanied by a jungle gym for the children to climb into. The day I visited this spot there was a concert being held in the newly built forest amphitheatre where Francious Le Roux performed. I sat in and amongst the trees listening to emotive music by a talented musician, sipping on home-made crispy-fresh mojitos. Great way to end of a long day.
If you are into more adventurous activites, check out what the African Heartland Journeys has to offer you. I took on the surf school and the waves of Chintsa Beach on the Saturday.
Just a taste of the harvested and planted indigenous vegetation on what was once a barren chicken farm.