Such roadtripping, much wow!
Today we experienced Prambanan temple, Chicken Church, and a whole lot of Yogyakarta by motorbike!
We had (real!) pizza at Nanamia Pizzeria, and thereafter went to our first Jogja backpackers, Hati Hati, for some Christmas songs and drinks.
Renting a car from smearing to yogyakarta via dieng plateau was possibly our best idea yet! Although it was possibly a total of 11hours in the car, it was worth it. Dieng Plateau is amazing, with craters and lakes surrounded by green volcanoes! We ate at a street food buffet place, then headed to the heat of yogyakarta. What an awesome place!
MJ, Ricky and I walked to the busy Jalan Malioboro, where we had croissants, beers and a rather sweet pizza.
The chaos that is Jalan Marioboro
Finally off of the island, and ready to see people!
Saturday was incredibly hot, and I had my first swim of the year in our pool!
(Too lazy to remove the cover)
Saturday afternoon I met up with Courtney and Matthew, and we headed through to Somerset West to help MJ move house. It was minimal effort, but we celebrated it with drinks at Bossa. Thereafter we met up with another friend and her parents for some delicious food and wine in Stellenbosch.
Today was a busy day. Courtney and I planned our packing for our upcoming Indonesia trip (10 days left!!) And did all the necessary shopping. It was exhausting, but worth it.
New shoes! Now I can climb all the volcanoes.
Colourful clothes for colourful Indonesia
Lastly, I had my very first tofu meal today! The verdict is still out there whether I like it or not…
Thai-inspired stir fry with tofu
Let’s take a moment. Breathe. IT IS DECEMBER.
Today was probably the last day I will ever spend on the haven that is Bird Island. I made it count. I jumped off of the jetty again, which is about a 200m swim back to the beach. I enjoyed the sun. I enjoyed the sunset. And I held a penguin – probably the last one I will hold for a very long time.
It is bittersweet really.
Today was like a day in paradise. I swam with penguins, enjoyed the sun, jumped off the jetty, held a baby penguin, watched the sunset with a glass of wine and the largest Cape Gannet colony, and settled down with a hearty vegetarian stir fry..
Little baby penguin
Sunset over the gannets
I didn’t not post because I had no great moments. I literally didn’t have the time to write something! Unfortunately I also didn’t take any pictures to commemorate my awesome last three days, so I’ll use what I have at my disposal!
Saturday I joined my friend MJ at his end of year function at Long Ridge wine farm in Stellenbosch. It was a stunner of a day – almost too hot – but the ice cold wine helped with that! After the lunch we fetched his dog, Lucy, and headed to the lookout point at Gordons Bay. Following all that, we were all set to watch Planet Earth, but subsequently fell asleep in front of the TV.
The dress I wore to the function
Sunday started off great. It was another amazing day and MJ and I headed to Strand for a Belgian waffle breakfast! After that we headed out to Cheetah Outreach to go look and learn about the work they do. We then went back to his complex where we enjoyed the pool facilities and the sunshine. Then it was time for him to attend a family member’s birthday, and I tagged along. I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home!
Today I tackled the looooong 9 hour drive from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Tomorrow I’m heading to Bird Island for fieldwork. I made it in one piece, and went for a stroll/jog around the neighbourhood. Now I’m back at the B&B, relaxing under the ceiling fan, and enjoying my king-size bed!
Me and my giant bed
With December holidays only a month away, I have a lot to look forward to: in exactly a month me and four of my best friends will be flying to Jakarta, Indonesia for a three week backpacking roadtrip holiday across Java and Bali.
I can’t wait!