Friday, May 19, 2006

Its been a while since I last posted to my blog but I've made up by posting alot of photos. Most of the photos are either taken by my cellphone or they are group photos from weekends away, etc that i've assembled in online.

A weekend or two ago, I spent rafting down the Orange River. A great weekend although it wasnt without its troubles. On the way there, about 5 hours out of JHB when we were having breakfast at Wimpy after which I realised that I had left my passport behind. This was a blunder of the biggest proportions as the base camp from which we would start was on the Namibian side of the border. I spent about 4 hours on the phone over about 7 hours. During this time, we had taken an accidental 300km detour and we fought with home affairs and they wouldnt get me an emergency passport (it was a public holiday). By the time we got to Pofadder I was slightly hysterical and had happily consigned myself to staying in Springbok for the next 5 days while everyone else went rafting.

Everything eventually sorted itself as I eventually had my passport flown to Capetown and couriered to Springbok (on a public holiday) and by 5am I had my passport. Good times. I'd spent the night in springbok in a bed and breakfast while everyone went ahead. This wasnt such a bad thing as the B&B was kitted out with this massive down duvet and huge bed with a hot shower. The 6 days that followed this were unbelievably awsome. 44 of us struggling down a river, alcohol in hand and sometimes being pursued. We had quite a few rafts topple. Sight of cooler boxes floating down river were some of the sad moments. Fortunately we managed to recover the beer. Great times.

Since then (its been about 2 to 3 weeks now) I've been grafting and spending some hectic time at work getting stuff finished. Tomorrow is the beginning of 23 days away from work. This is probably the first time I'm taking more than 2 consecutive days of leave in the last 6 years. I am not counting the leave I had that I was forced to take around christmas so maybe I shouldnt say 6 years - however - its not the same thing. You cannot move the Monaco F1 GP to christmas.

I'm off to the UK for a while and then i'm going to spend a week in Monaco. We've got a villa for a week and will be partying and watching the F1 GP which is going to be awsome. Definately going to head past a few french vineyards. I usually spend sundays watching the GP with a small braai on the side and a cheeky tomato relish for whatever is ooking. I've watched an A1 GP and I'm definately going to have a mad week. The other days, i'll be chilling and travelling. I hope it'll blow away all my expectations.

Im going to have lots of photos as I'm set on getting a camera while i'm in Dubai. I'm looking for a Canon IXUS 65 but I couldnt find any prices specific to Dubai so I dont know if the pricing is "outa this world" or "outa my league". Will see.


Good times.

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