By Katherine (Kate) Mortensen • June 03, 2008•Choosing a Career and Landing a Job
I am going to save the work-related entry for a bit later. What I will tell you now is that I am working on a rape case of a convicted man. He was convicted of a double rape which carries with it a minimum life sentence. I did a bunch of research and reporting and it looks like we are going to appeal. The appeal process is tomorrow so I will just write about my experience with the whole case after that.
As for the fun stuff, we went on our first adventure this weekend. Ande picked out an area from the Lonely Planet called the Oribi Gorge. It is about 2 hours away, west of here. Ande rented a van, which is in itself a story, I picked out a hostel, which turned into its own story, and we did a bunch of activities at the Gorge, which were fantastic. All and all I thought it was a successful weekend.
Ande picked up the van on Friday after work. She had explained to the rental people that there were 9 of us, and apparently that is a bad number for renting cars. Now I haven’t explained kombis to you yet, so this is as good of a time as any. We take kombis to work. There are these large van-type things that can fit around 17 people. They go in one direction or the other (either to city center or out to an area like
So anyway, Ande comes back with the car and it is a kombi. HUGE! It seats 15. We all have a laugh about how far away the person in the back seat is from the driver. We hear the story about how Ande scraped the top in a parking garage, and we revel in the thought of picking up passengers to pay off the rental. But we are off.
We make great time, and we get to see the countryside a lot.
We got hailed a lot from people who thought we were a normal kombi. I laughed thinking that the large “Budget” written across the top of our van was what people thought our name was. But then when we didn’t stop, people would look disappointed. Then they would realize the car was full of white girls and laugh. Oh how they laughed.
After a stop for lunch and some poor navigating by me, we got to the hostel. We pull up into their tiny parking lot with our giant vehicle and are greeted by one of the employees, Keegan. I got out to ask him about the parking situation. “Could we be any more American than this?” I asked. He thought that was pretty funny. “No, this is about right,” he said. We got the parking thing down and went in to get the tour. The place is absolutely beautiful. If you are ever in or around the Port Shepstone,
We immediately went to the gorge where we went hiking for the day after a scary drive in a large vehicle, very fast around scary cliff-side curves. I was not a huge fan. But once we got there it was beautiful. We saw some monkeys on the side of the road. Then we went hiking to a waterfall and were on the lookout for animals but did not see any. After a tiring day we returned to the hostel for dinner and a dip in the hot tub. A few of us split a bottle of wine and Susan and I hung out at the bar talking to some of the other guests. Keegan and another guy who was staying there and Keegan’s girlfriend, a nice girl from
The next day we returned to the gorge. We did some adventure stuff and some sight-seeing after a gorge-side breakfast that was incredibly delicious and beautiful. I did a gorge slide that was like a slow zipline that hovered you out in the middle of the gorge, about 240 meters above the ground. It was incredible. Susan and I have decided we are taking the boys there when they visit so I am excited to go back.
Great weekend and not bad for less than $100. I am really loving this exchange rate.
No work today- the office is getting audited for their public funding which means the office is really hectic and TP doesn’t have time to find work for us. Doing the journal all day and then tomorrow to court!