After many Skpye’s and emails with Rama while in Cape Town, he made the spontaneous decision to meet me in Africa towards the end of my stay here. His 1st time and my 3rd on the continent, I was insistent that he not pass up South Africa, as it was something not to miss. Cape Town is a very cool and sexy city with much to offer – feels like a mix of San Francisco, Hawaii, and Europe. I’m seriously considering making it my home for at least 6 months – somewhere down the line. People would ask “first time to Cape Town?” After my enthusiastic, “yes love it and want to stay!” they remind me of my unoriginality and that foreigners in droves never leave. My friend who recently married a ‘Capetonian’ describes it as “quasi Africa / Mediterranean or hipster Africa.” Well said.
Two months after my departure from the states, Rama ventured out and headed towards Swaziland for over a week, and then we’d jet back to Cape Town for a bit. He also made the entirely rash decision to pack everything up like I had. Save money on rent and throw responsibilities to the wind, aha! It sure does feel good.
Excitement was also filled with some nervous feelings about his arrival. The idea that he was changing his world around back home to come along for a mostly unplanned itinerary added an ounce of responsibility on my end. Our original ‘plan’ was to meet up at my sisters wedding in Grenada mid-April for 3 weeks, maybe jet to Cuba real quick and then I’d head to Madrid. No plane tickets or solid plans were in place before I left - my stubbornness and not wanting to commit to anything ahead of time kicked in. Wanted to get that sense of somewhat solo-travel, and as a result, have liked the independence. Either way I was looking forward to him joining forces as a ‘quasi-Swazi.’
We threw him right into the mix, and somehow managed to cram all of the ‘fun schtuff’ into the week he was in Swaziland; a weekend in Mozambique, 2-day safari in Kruger National Park, and a night at the Rock Lodge with some interesting folks. Rock Lodge is basically a huge tree house set amongst rocks with open-air bunks, kitchen, and bathrooms. Pic below will gives an idea of the serene and remoteness of the place. OM….