Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Still wandering... and wondering...

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last updated my blog so I thought I should let my faithful readers (however few or many there may be) know what’s going on with this nomadic maverick…

I’m still in Buenos Aires at the moment with my 30-Nov date of departure quickly approaching. I’m sort of wrapping things up this week with regards to my 2 jobs and next week I’ll be spending a few days at the Iguazu Falls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguazu_Falls). Work has been (mostly) good over the past few weeks and where necessary I have just reminded myself of the few days I have left. I know that I would have taken a more proactive approach to some things if I knew I was going to be sticking around, but I know it’s soon time to move on…

One of the negative sides of living in a hostel is being constantly surrounded by lots of people, while one of the benefits of living is being constantly surrounded by lots of people (from all over the world). It’s become the norm here at the hostel to sit around the table with a dozen people and for there to be people from at least 4 countries, on 2 or 3 continents, speaking at least 3 or 4 languages between them. I guess it’s really easy to take this kind of thing for granted but I think it’s one of the best aspects of spending the last (nearly) 3 years in England and South America. While as an English speaker it’s almost second nature for many or most people you come into contact with to have some level of English I have found myself in a situation at times where I (South African) find myself speaking to a traveler (perhaps from Germany) in Spanish. I love it!!!

Anyway, I didn’t have anything planned for this blog other than to say (or write) the first thing that came to mind about the past few weeks. So there you have it – the continuing (mis)adventures of this nomadic maverick, this wandering wonderer…

Thanks for reading and, if you’re in Cape Town, I look forward to catching up with you soon…

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Origin of the Species…

It’s Sunday morning and I get up to work the breakfast shift like I’m supposed to do on the weekends. And this morning I found evidence of mankind’s possible Neanderthal origins (I actually believe in creation, but that’s a discussion for another time).

There’s a group of travellers here from another part of Argentina and they got up earlier than usual to have breakfast. By the time I got down to the restaurant there were a number of table in a freaking mess. There were pieces of bread and crumbs all over the place; coffee and juice had been spilled and there was generally just a mess. I sort of wondered if anyone had even eaten anything with all the bread and ham etc lying on the tables, not to mention that with the mess I found I half expected there to be some kind of hand-paintings decorating the walls of their cave (or in this case the hostel). Anyway, that’s one of the joys of this kind of work I guess… Life goes on and I’m counting the days until I get out of here…

I guess like the penguins in the film ‘Madagascar’ I’m just going to smile and wave – or something like that…