holiday recon: december 2008

i joined my boyfriend and his parents at their holiday house in struisbaai, where we spent a few days on white sandy beaches and a few days cooped up inside because it rained. but it was good. we ate so much that we won’t need to eat again this whole year. rad, hey.

Fancy some grilled pubes?

Fancy some grilled pubes?

The abandoned masthead at the lighthouse at Cape Agulhas.

The abandoned masthead at the lighthouse at Cape Agulhas.

Rei dallying about at Cape Agulhas.

Rei dallying about at Cape Agulhas.

Sunset on the rocks at Struisbaai.

Sunset on the rocks at Struisbaai.

I got a holiday job holding up the very blue sky.

I got a holiday job holding up the very blue sky.

Spent a lot of time in a bikini feeling happy beach vibes.

Spent a lot of time in a bikini feeling happy beach vibes.

The *real* 2 oceans vibe.

The *real* 2 oceans vibe.

Lazing on the sand.

Lazing on the sand.

The quaintness that is strauisbaai harbour.

The quaintness that is struisbaai harbour.

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the second half of our holiday took place in Nature’s Valley, just outside of Plett. if our holiday was a movie, the blurb on the back would read  something like this:

“A group of avid hikers invite their city slicker friend Alex on holiday with them as a joke. They don’t tell her that there is no electricity or hot water, and they fail to mention that the shower is a hand-pumped cold one outside in the garden, with the insects. Things really get interesting when they, while hiking on New Year’s Day, decide to disobey instructions about turning around if the tide is high, and they find themselves increasingly trapped by a violent and stormy sea as they scramble frantically over the rocks, racing against the sunset. Packed with action and adventure, this is a movie that will appeal to anyone who has nearly died while scaling vertical cliff faces, and anyone who has been betrayed by friends they thought they could trust.”

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in retrospect, it was also a movie about overcoming my own personal issues, such as vertigo, fear of the sea while on rocks and cold showers in the outdoors, and it wasn’t all that bad. at the time though, things seemed quite bad. my most poignant memory from aforementioned hike goes something like this:

Rei and I atop a rock about 9 feet high that has no top, only culminates in a long spike that runs from the sea to a cliff, me in bikini, barefoot, mewling because I can’t put my weight on either foot without my feet being shredded, him sitting and putting my shoes on and tying my laces for me while I hold onto his head for balance, sea smashing and smashing over us, vertigo setting in because blood has rushed to my head because of how I am standing in order to not cut my feet.

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i think there’s something special about a holiday that brings a couple together in such an interesting way, so i gotta give it some credit. thanks must go to Lucy for hosting us, and to Reggie and Cecilia for being amazingly efficient hikers and cooks. also, my camera finally died on this holiday. dead and done. so no pics yet, but will try get some from others. and now you know.

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