17 May 2015
Last week, a couple of new volunteers came along to Kwantu all the way from Ontario, Canada; Erin and Amanda Maitland. Once we discovered each other’s full names, we were both stunned and excited. Neither of the three of us had met another unrelated Maitland before! We reached the only obvious conclusion: We must, in some way or another, most definitely be related. After all, I do have some relatives in Ontario, and they do have some kind of distant Irish heritage, and how else do you explain such an usual name as Maitland cropping up in the middle of Africa!
There was only one way to celebrate, of course; Dinner at Cubata!
26 April 2015
This weekend was Sarah’s final weekend in Port Elizabeth! She is due to fly back to Germany tomorrow afternoon and I think I can speak for everyone when I say we’re going to miss her greatly, but what an excellent last weekend in PE we showed her!
We’d had this master plan to go to the EP Kings Rugby Game and follow it up with dinner at Cubata (after all, I did vow to return, and what better weekend than this to introduce everyone to their meatlicious delights?)
Unfortunately, some genius got the kick-off time wrong, and mistook 15:00 for 5:00… So, everyone missed the game, but we also had quite the adventure negotiating a set of tickets from a touter, realising our error and hastily recruiting a member of the Mandela Bay security to get our money back for us! A close call, a good story and a lesson learned!
Most people had been more keen to see the Mandela Bay Stadium itself rather than any kind of game, so I made up for the mix up with 24/12 hour clock with a charming little line for security
“Excuse, I’ve come all this way with this tour group, who are obviously a bit upset about missing the game. Most of them were just keen to see the stadium, can we please have 5 minutes just to look around?”
They very kindly obliged, and I led my tour group inside.
16 April 2015
Today and yesterday, as part of our Nature Guide course, we were sent on a South African First Aid Training course.
It was interesting for me, in that it was more or less identical to the St John’s Ambulance First Aid course I did in London a few years ago but with one exciting addition… Snake bites!
It also covered when not to perform CPR, which you may think is obvious but I suppose you should never assume. Such scenarios included when a person has been decapitated, or has clearly been dead for a long time eg. 2 weeks…
Anyway, I’m pleased to report we all passed with flying colours!
But more importantly, we made a fabulous restaurant discovery!