We are now into our third week in Thailand and as part of my PADI dive master course through Assava dive resort I got the opportunity to be part of the clean up team on earth day. Total amount of rubbish collected by all involved came to 2.5 tons or rubbish. So amazing to see the restaurant at the dive resort uses metal straws rather than plastic and you have to know the impact this makes considering the number of cocktails Leigh and I drink during their daily happy hour !
Can’t believe that Leigh has just turned 21 again ,(can’t say how many times otherwise I’ll be in deep shit. ) We are currently in Koh Samui and started to work out the places we have spent her birthday together overseas and there are a few. As for my birthdays , we have not done one overseas however have spent many scuba diving in Sodwana, South Africa so I can’t complain. We spent the day chilling at the pool and then headed down to Coco Tam’s for a few cocktails and to watch the firestartz , if you ever out this way this show is a must! Time to head off to Koh Tao to get some underwater time !
Countries Visited – South Africa , Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana
Best song –Frou Frou , Let Go. For those who know me I really enjoy music that makes you float, such a great track. Heard this from a Chicane pod cast , seems to be a theme kicking through…
Best beverage –Zambezi beer from Zimbabwe , if one had to hand me one right now , one sip would have me thinking of Sean and Katie’s amazing wedding and the “roadies” on the game drives. Ended up a few short on one of the game drives due to the thirst of the other hooligans in the second vehicle .
Best meal –Going to have to improvise on this one as we did have great food however no meal stands out above the others so will have to make this one about a liquid lunch . Having drinks and the Livingstone hotel in Zimbabwe , this hotel has the most amazing views, fantastic service and really good gin and tonics!
Best experience – Considering every wedding is a special occasion , all 3 weddings were amazing! Love to see people in love and enjoying their special day.
Back in Cape Town for a few weeks already and I do have to say that this place still has the best restaurants in the world! I’m sure most of you in Cape Town already know and order the best takeaway sushi from Oishi . With a brother in town for the easter weekend we decided to try the new Chefs warehouse at maison in Franschhoek and then stopped for a beer tasting at Franschhoek beer company as on should ! I must say the La Saison belgium style beer at 8.4% came out tops!
Our next wedding had us flying off to the Matopo Hills in Zimbabwe, Sean and Katie are friends that we met through triathlon training and this special occasion was a 3-day wedding at Amalinda Lodge followed by a 2-day Buddymoon at Ivory Lodge. What a blast! So amazing to be back in Africa and to see all the wonderful animals it has to offer! Oh, this time I did not forget my suitcase behind!
Straight off the plane and the next part of our journey started with a weekend wedding at Rusty gate just outside of Greyton. Gareth and Jess are a couple that we have known for a few years and we also met some amazing people at Jess’s “21st” birthday weekend that were also at the wedding. Time to party! Friday was a very chilled braai and Sat started to kick off from about 11am and finished up at 4am the following day. There was a first for me, when we arrived at the venue and started to unpack the car we realised that I had left my entire bag at Leigh’s parents place .. fortunately our friend Pete came to the rescue as he was only coming up on the Sat otherwise it was a naked MC . Note to self – always make sure you pack your own luggage in the car rather than assuming someone else has done it! What an amazing weekend , really great to see our friends!
March has us back home in Cape Town, South Africa as we have three weddings to attend. One wedding will be in Zimbabwe we decided to add Zambia and Botswana to the list making this a great African safari.
Weddings details :
- Gareth and Jess – for my sins I was asked to be MC.
- Sean and Katie – this one I get to chill with the rest of the party.
- Alwyn and Alicia – Groomsman for this one