2017 and enjoying new freedoms and challenges!
This is my personnel diary so excuse me if I only occasionally refer to my working life, mainly because it's confidential.
|30/9/17||Saturday is much the same as a weekday here. The normal hustle and bustle in the market with lots of traffic. Awoke early and worked until 7:30, then took breakfast. Bought mozzie spray to evict my resident mozzie.|
|29/9/17||Awoke at 6:15 and dozed until 7:00. Worked for an hour or so then had breakfast. After ablutions walked up to the Law Council office to get feedback on my complaints. They had done nothing as they said they could not find the people concerned. I said that I would provide their addresses. Walked around this very busy city, buying a couple of shirts at PEP. Price of clothes er are very low. Next time I must bring an empty case! Returned to the hotel for an hour then went to a cafe to eat goat, rice. salad and gravy. Very tasty and cheap. Chatted to a guy who worked for a lawyer who, of course, had a project in his home village. After lunch returned to the Law Council with the addresses and discussed a way forward. Bought donuts in a supermarket as a treat then returned to the hotel to rest.|
|28/9/17||After another good night's sleep awaoke at 6:30. Worked for a while and then breakfasted. Showered, shaved and dressed then walked to the attorney's office to collect a letter for the court. Walked on to the court arriving at around 11:00, submitted my letter and had a drink in the cafe. Waited and waited for the hearing which happened about 2:30, only 2.5 hours late! But I received the judgement that I asked for. Drove to the criminal division and met a bailiff to discuss recovery then went back to the civil division to collect another original decree. Walked back to the hotel and showered. Worked and chatted until the evening.|
|27/9/17||After a reasonable night's sleep awoke at 7:00 am and showered before breakfast. Walked up to the coffe shop to meet my attorney but arrived early so checked out the nearby hospital. Discussed my case with 2 attorneys and agreed a way forward. Went back to the hospital for some tests then returned to the hotel. Walked down to the taxi station and found some lunch then arranged printing before returning to the hotel. Updated accounts etc.|
|26/9/17||Caught the early morning flight to Entebee and travelled to the hotel arriving at about 4:00 am. Slept until 8:30 then had breakfast. Contacted people I needed to and prepared for court. Watched a few videos then took an early night.|
|25/9/17||Awake at 6:00 for a quick shower and shave before eating breakfast. Left the accommodation at 6:50, filled up and dropped off the car then checked in for the flight to Cape Town. Lunch on the airport then the afternoon flight to Addis Abbaba.|
|24/9/17||Awoke and showered before making breakfast. Walked to the end of North Beach Road and back then drove out into the sticks to see what the countryside was like. Called at La Mercy for ice cream but none available! Bought chicken, chips and salad for the evening meal and finished off the food in the fridge. Made breakfast fo Monday.|
|23/9/17||Awoke and showered before making breakfast. Drove to Umhlanga and its Gateway shopping centre. Bought a white shirt at last and ate at Spur. Returned to the accommodation and relaxed watching heavy rain then went to the bar and grill for liver and mash.|
|22/9/17||After breakfast drove into the Durban suburb of Akwamashu. Then into central Durban for lunch and then to Cato Manor visiting. Drove back to Umloti in the Friday evening traffic then had pizza for the eveining meal.|
|21/9/17||Late start this morning. Drove to Balito and beyond to view life to the north of Durban. Had lunch at Spur then drove back. Relaxed for the rest of the afternoon then haad take away lamb curry for the evening meal. Relaxed in the evening.|
|20/9/17||Went for a run! Made breakfast then went on a brief shopping trip. Worked until lunchtime. Went walking before lunch and had fish and chips takeaway. Relaxed in the afternoon and had sandwiches for the evening meal.|
|19/9/17||Better day today with a clear blue sky. Walked along both South and North Beach drives and had lunch at the grill. Worked in the afternoon then drove to Umhlanga for a walk around and Grrek food. Drove back to the accommodation for an early night.|
Awoke to the alarm at
5:30 and showered and repacked. Walked to the airport for checkin then had
breakfast at Wimpy. Plane on time, more or less so arrived in Durban at
10:55. Picked up the car and arrived at the accommodation at midday.
The weather was overcast and showery so, apart from shopping, relaxed the afternoon away and had takaway pizza for evening meal.
|17/9/17||Awoke at 04:10 five minutes before the alarm. Showered and shaved then fetched breakfast to the room. Finished packing and landed in reception at 05:15 and - no taxi! After a few frantic phone calls it was revealed that our previous driver, Rashad, was still in bed and another driver was to pick us up at 6:00. Fortunately the driver arrived at 5:45 and we arrived at the airport at 6:40. After a short delay we were able to check in and arrived in Joberg on time. Long queue at immigration with 2 of the 3 officers engaged on long enquiries. Once again I was able to get into the SA queue. It still took me an hour to get from plane to gate. Flight to Cape Town was on time and met Lunga in arrivals. Transferred to the Road Lodge on foot only hassled by a security guard for attempting to take the trolley with us!. Stayed in the room all evening.|
|16/9/17||Sleep interrupted for some reason at around 3:00 so read for 10 minutes then went off to sleep again until 6:00. Read for a while then took breakfast ant 8:00 ish. Tried to check in with the airline but it is confused by the booking so has to wait until tomorrow. Hope all goes well, eh? Walked to Point aux Piment and well beyong then back along a bye road ending up at Triolet. Found a seat reserved for "Old Age Pensioners" so took advantage of it while awaiting the bus. The bus took a curious route to the Pointe de Piment beach so I had 2 visits in one day. Relaxed during the afternoon and surfed until dinner. Went to bed early.|
|15/9/17||Another good night's sleep awaking at 6:00. Read for a while then washed. Went for breakfast then confronted the hotel again for the refund. I now have a signed copy of a letter to the bank. I only hope they send it! Chatted to a German couple at the bus stoop then bussed to Papplemosses to view the town and the famous Botanical Gardens. Returned to Trou aux Biches on the 12:45 bus and bought water for the room. Walked back to the hotel then had a swim in the sea before showering and writing this! Relaxed until dinner at 19:30 then wwent to bed to read.|
|14/9/17||Awoke at 5:30 fully refreshed but with a few aches. Read for a while then wrote up my blog. Washed and shaved then went for breakfast. Travelled to Port Louis to visit the medical aid shops lookeng for an Ozone Generator. Finally found one then went to look at the Fort and look at diamonds. Bus back to the hotel was full for most of the way. They are very popular. Arrived back at 4:00 pm for a shower. Then it was chat and dinner before bed.|
Awoke at 5:15 after a
poor night's sleep and washed and shaved. Fetched breakfast from reception
and ate. Cleaned my teeth then arrived back in reception at 6:15 to meet the
taxi. Drove to the south of the island and jumped on a speed boat
which took us to the dolphins. Swam and watched dolphins for an hour or so
then snorkled inside the reef. Returned to the beech at 10:00 then visited a
few small towns for window shopping and lunchbefore returning to the hotel.
Fell asleep watching Youtube so went to the room to read and sleep.
Took dinner at 7:30 then went to bed and sleep at 9:00.
|12/9/17||Awoke at 7:00 and washed and shaved. Took breakfast at 7:45 and left the hotel at 9:10. Caught the bus to Port Louis and wandered around the docks then a few of the streets and market of the capital. Caught the "Express" bus back and between Port Louis and Triolet was driven at breakneck speed. With a change of driver at the bus depot things calmed down a great deal on our trip back to the hotel. Went down onto the beach and swam for a while to get rid of the dust and fug of the excursion then decide to have another go on the laser. Gusty conditions led to my had blowing off which led to a capsize. Struggled to get the boat back uprigh but persistence prevailed. A pedalo couple retrieved my hat. Back to the hotel for a shower and rest brfore dinner.|
|11/9/17||Awoke early this morning, about 6:30 and tried to read but my eyes were too tired so dozed until 7:45. Washed and shave then went to breakfast. After cleaning teeth went to the beach and received instruction on Laser sailing. Very hard on the legs. Walked to Gran Baie via a different route avoiding most of the rain. Purchased handkerchiefs and then walked to the point. Caught the bus back to the hotel then went for a swim before showering. Surfed until 7:00 then came to write this.|
|10/9/17||Arose at 7:15 and went for breakfast at 8:00. Walked over to the beach and booked a trip on a glass bottomed boat. Not too exciting. Sat on the beach watching peoplemake fools of themselves then went for lunch at a second rate restaurant. Walked back to the hotel to rest and surf. Walked into the village of Trou aux Biches to get bread. Showere ready for dinner. Ate a great meal then surfed the net until 9:00 and went to bed to read a little.|
Awoke at about 6:30 and
arose at about 8:40 and readied fr breakfast. Walked to Grand Baie for
lunch. This place is one of 3 halves, the poor end which I walked through
first and the tourist end.
Walked back along the beach then showered and rested. Ate dinner and surfed while listening to another 2nd rate group. Bed at 10:30. This is when they staop the catwalling
|8/9/17||Awoke at 7:00 and arose at 7:30 for a shower and shave. Went for breakfast then walked to Triolet via Trou aux Biches, Ate salmon and noodles then returned via Chosy having finally sorted the circular route. Actually read a book until 6:30 then worked until dinner.|
|7/9/17||Awoke at 7:00 and arose at 7:30. Went for breakfast then walked to Pointe aux Piment. Stopped for lunch in Trou aux Biches then walked back to the hotel. Rested then swam in the pool before dinner. Listened to the not brilliant singers while chatting on line then went to bed at 11:00|
|6/9/17||Awoke at 6:45 and showered. Watched the news and set up the music. Went for breakfast then walked to Chosy public beach and beyond. Took lunch at a small cafe on the return journey and dashed into the supermarket when a shor shower arrived. Returned to the room and chatted. Went swimming in the large pool then rested until dinner. Watched a demonstration of Indian dancing before retiring for the evening.|
|5/9/17||Awoke at 6:30 and arose at 7:30. Went for breakfast. There is no news on the new trip so I carry on. Packed my things for the room move and wrote this. Moved to the new soom (suite, actually). Walked to Pointe aux Piment and tried to find a hairdressers without luck so called at the supermarket to buy scissors. Ate a bagette for lunch in the centre of Troou aux Biches then walked back to the hotel. Still no news so worked through the afternoon. Taxi collected me at 6:45 and arrived at the airport at 8:00 after a leisurely drive through the mountains. Waited endlessly for my partner who had difficulty with both immigration and customs but we finally met. Collected chicken byriani on the way back to the hotel and ate hungrilly before retiring fot the night.|
|4/9/17||Awoke at 8:30 and went to breakfast. Spent the morning complaining about being charged twice for the room and the fact that the prices were different. Managed to secure an upgrade to a cottage and get my money back. Spent the afternoon trying to sort out a change to the ticket but in the end the new ticket was cheaper so booked it. At about 4:30 went for a walk into the sugar cane but could not find a realistic circular route so returned the same way. After dinner chatted on-line then went to bed at 9:00.|
|3/9/17||Early start again this morning. Left the flat at 7:30. No problems and arrived on time in Joberg but tedious process of collecting my bag, dropping it off agin, security and immigration took and hour so arrived at the gate 50 minutes before it opened butt no partner. Checked with information that the incoming flight had arrived and it had - 10 minutes early. SMS and Whatsapp sent. Finally, a message comes back to me that there has been confusion over dates. My partner is still in Uganda. So, boarded the plane alone. Two seats gave me ample legroom on an otherwise cramped seat. And the entertainment system didn't work. The rest of the journey was uneventful. Arrived at the hotel about 9:30 so missed the evening meal but they had kindly prepared a cold plate which was delivered to the room. Tried to sort out an change to the flight but no luck so went to bed at about 1:00 am.|
|2/9/17||Up early this morning so a quick breakfast then off to pick up two friends. Drove out to Seaview and Elephant Walk where there is a market. Drank coffee and ate lunch. After lunch made our way back to the university to check in for flights.|
|1/9/17||Awoke and showered. Made breakfast then worked all morning. Went to PE Sailing Club for lunch. This is right in the harbour on the waterfront so gives great views of port operations (or lack of them in this case). Back to the university to work and relax|