I started feeling bad last week: sore muscles, fever, tight chest, very sore spine (no idea why) and then raging fire in the throat. Good thing Matt insisted i go to the doctor's, i thought it would just pass.
It's nice to not be like a lazy lump-on-a-log and get out and enjoy the Cape Summer. And what a scorching summer it's turning out to be.
Temperatures are hovering around the low 40's, and as most houses and buildings are without air-con, all you can do is sweat it out or soak in the pool (which is like a hot bath itself).
Since the new school term has started again, I'm getting back into my routine of teaching at the Hout Bay Music Project.
We've inherited a whole new group of extremely excited and eager-beavers to learn a stringed instrument - my job is to teach them how to read notation, count, and all "that boring stuff" :p
In the mornings, I'm occupied with the ABC FOR LIFE Literacy Project, which has really taken off.
Teachers are basically forcing most of their kids onto our program so we need to hire another fulltime teacher and get a classroom built. Pronto.
It's a mission organizing volunteers' schedules, following-up on donors, and basically coordinating with the school/principal but we've received quite a lot of generous donations since our November fundraiser so things are able to move rather quickly at least.
It still stuns me at the amount of wealth in Hout Bay, but at least most people see the benefit in donating to their community.
Social-wise, we've been meeting up with friends a lot recently for beach picnics, braais, movies, theatre-going (saw The Merchant of Venice at the
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
last week), Innebandy-playing (a fun and exhausting Swedish version of floor hockey), and some board game-playing.
Friday night we had tickets to see a cricket match at the
Newlands Cricket Stadium
, probably one of the most scenic settings, set against the majestic Table Mountain.
It was my first game ever, and i managed to understand most of the rules and follow along.
We arrived just before 6pm, about 4 hours into the match already, but seeing as cricket games can go on for hours, we didn't want to arrive too early and just bake in the sun.
South Africa Proteas
were up against the West Indies, and out of a 5-game tournament, this was number 2.
See pic of cricket players on the field, a happy biltong vendor and some audience members lining up to buy beer barefoot!
We still can't get used to the idea that people (children and adults) walk around barefoot in petrol stations, in supermarkets, in public washrooms and even in cricket stadiums! ugh!
I have to admit though, the best part was probably all the interesting people-watching you can do.
There were families, young couples, old couples, serious cricket fans who come on their own and wear headphones to listen to the commentary, and then people like us, who just want to experience it for the first time.
Getting back home well after midnight, i was exhausted; i can only imagine what the players must've been feeling.
Last night, we had a group of 14 over for chili con carne and a game of Cranium, and of course, the WII.
Today, we decided to check off one of our "must do's" before we leave: rent little scooters and go exploring.
It was fantastic, more fun than i imagined, but oh - the WIND! Horrendous!
We took our little bright yellow Chinese-made scooters down to Kommetjie and its lighthouse (see pic), through Scarborough and over the top to Simon's Town, where we stopped to have a drink and shared a slice of citrus cheesecake (against our new health regime, but hey, it was the weekend!)
On the way back over Ou Kaapseweg, the wind was so strong, it nearly knocked us over!
We were following a bakkie (SA lingo for 'truck') that was carrying a mattress and a baseboard on its roof.
Suddenly, a huge gust of wind came through and threw the mattresses off the roof and onto the road.
Everyone screeched to a halt. Luckily we didn't get hit.
As we continued on our way, we noticed the mattresses were only attached by a single piece of electrical wire!! No wonder it blew off!