And welcome back to another travel diary entry from South Africa. I am still in J-Bay, who would have guessed it.
This week has been full of struggle but also good times. But let’s start from the beginning.
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The weekend was very chilled, I surfed during the mornings, napped during the afternoons and hung out with friends in the evenings. Party here at the hostel wasn’t as crazy as last weekend (thank god, I couldn’t handle more parties till 6AM) but it was still fun. And I really enjoy hanging out with my friends. It’s so much fun, we laugh, talk and are just having a great time.
Time spend with friends is truly quality time and those people here are just amazing.
The waves been small all week but I could manage to still get some fun ones. Though sadly the one day waves got to a decent size this week I was feeling ill.
I’ve struggled with health issues for a week now. At first I got a bad cough and after that got better I got the worst muscle soreness in my life because I’ve been training with one of the lifeguards, who is a killer rugby player. I shouldn’t have gone but they’ve warned me…
And then on Wednesday, when the waves where cooking I woke up with very bad stomach pain, that sucked.
At first I didn’t want to paddle out but then I couldn’t watch my friends surf and stay on shore, so I paddled out there too. Wasn’t worth it. I was too scared because I was afraid my body would hurt even more after I got washed.
However, lesson learned: Always listen to your body!
Because of me not feeling well the last week there was nothing very exciting going on. I did some more painting and almost finished decorating the surf shack. And I slept a lot, almost three hours every day.
I would have never thought I would enjoy doing nothing so much. These travels have been so much different from my previous ones. I usually can’t sit still and want to explore the country but coming to South Africa with the purpose to improve my surfing I had a different Mindset. It doesn’t bother me anymore to not have seen anything of that country because I know I will come back here and I met my goal to improve my surfing. And that is all that counts. This trip reminds me a lot on my time in Bali where I also got stuck at that one Hostel, Canguu Surf Hostel and fell in love with the place because of the amazing people there and the good food.
Speaking of which, food here is also very amazing, I think I haven’t really been writing about this so far but this week I went out a lot and tasted some delicious things.
My absolute favourite is a local dish from Durban. It might sound a bit weird but tastes so amazing, it is half a bread, yes you heard right, half a bread, filled with a vegetable or chicken curry. Once you’re here you should definitely try it.
Also, half prize pizza Tuesday got a routine by now and the volunteers and I are going out to J-Bay Bru Co every week. They also have the best milkshakes and stream a movie.
Such small things make the difference and stop the boredom.
However, you see I’m still having a good time, although I’ve been staying here for over a month already. And I will now get back to enjoying my last week before I must go home.
I don’t want to think about that just yet, it’ll break my heart.
But enough of this, let’s enjoy what we have left and I’ll see you next week with another up-date.