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PD Saffron At The Gapyear
- Me, Myself, and I
- I have the enviable job of being one of the lucky directors heading off round the world with one of our Gap Year travellers. To say I am excited is possibly a large understatement.
- There is too much to list.....where do I start, Blur, The Smiths, Razorlight, The Klaxons, Jack Johnson, Fila Brazilia, The Beastie Boys, Groove Armada, Thievery Coporation, Andy Cato, Funk D'Void, Just Jack, The Fray, The Fratellis, Arctic Monkeys, Pink Floyd, Grandmaster Flash, Lily Allen, Zero 7, Blondie, The Cardigans, St Etienne, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson..... there's too many to list see!
- The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shaun of the Dead, Get Carter, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Italian Job, The Endless Summer, Riding Giants, Indiana Jones (all), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Waynes World. And I simply cannot abide by Dirty Dancing....I know girls are supposed to like it but it is possibly my most hated film! Sorry ladies.
- Scared Of
- Balloons (very weird I know, I have never heard of any other person being scared of them) I literally cannot be in the same room as a balloon!
- Happiest When
- in the sun or sea, sleeping, shopping, surfing or diving and eating chocolate.
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So what does a girl need after 5 days of being in the African bush....a shopping spree that's what and my prayers were answered by AZ jeans. Cara and I were really lucky to receive $200 to spend in their online store on their fabulous clothes, we were both amazed! I think I'll need to bin some of my clothes after we leave Africa so it will be great to get some new ones. I spent ages on their site deciding what to buy, the Tanzanian internet couldn't stop my shopping. I settled on a variety of T shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, a skirt and a jumper. My favourites have to be some Decree bootcut jeans and a couple of really pretty Decree summery babydoll tops, perfect for a European summer. Cara got some equally good stuff too. I simply can't wait for them to arrive, I won't look like the mess I thought I would in Europe now thanks to AZ jeans!
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Cara and I are back from an amazing stay in the African bush for 5 days, we both loved every minute. We were staying out there for Cara's volunteer project with Greenforce who work out there with volunteers on both local projects with the Maasai and wildlife projects. Most volunteers spend 3 monthsout there (which I think we both would have been more than happy to do!) but we just had a few days which went by really quickly.
We settled into our accomodation,a shared dorm type room with "stick" beds. Bunk beds constructed out of....well....sticks. Authentic, slightly painful but add a few roll mats not that bad. (I've actually got back ache from sleeping on a normal bed last night, go figure...?!). No shower (we managed to have one in town after about 3 days as it was all getting a bit dusty and my hair resembled some kind of afro) and a long drop toilet and quite a posh one at that, it even had a seat.
The five days were jam packed, I filmed a lot of footage. Cara taught some of the local Maasai children, quite hard given the language barrier. We both learnt Maasai but there is a limit to how much you can learn in 5 days. She did really well though and managed to keep them entertained. We also visited the local orphanage and Cara played many games with them. Don't know where she gets her energy from I was shattered and I was just filming.
We also got to go to a genuine Maasai party, not put on for tourists. I've done the touristy thing before in Kenya but this was the real thing. It was amazing and I felt so privleged to be there. Lots of dancing, the women looked amazing in their robes and jewellry. And lots of dead cows which were killed for the feast, 5 in total. All very humanely done and unlike us the Maasai use every part. I'm used to seeing my beef in a small box in the supermarket so it was quite an eye opener. Neither of us are squeamish so there was no fainting.
And finally (as if we hadn't had enough action) Raz, the volunteer's dog gave birth to 14 yes 14 puppies whilst we were there at 5am, we watched it happen. For 2 days everyone had been trying to guess how many there were as she was HUGE. We all guessed 10 but they just kept coming out. She is an amazing mum and they are all very healthy.
So all in all an amazing 5 days, we will both never forget it! I would love to upload some pictures but the internet isn't letting me. Big BIG thanks to Fran and Jay of Greenforce, Reuben, Fausten, Raz the dog and all the Maasai you made us feel so welcome!
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Hello from Mozambique, Tofo to be exact. So we finally got to our chosen Mozambique destination after about a million flights. It was just typical that after that scary flight we simply had to get on many more, talk about getting back on the horse! After out flight to Johannesburg and a quick recovery there, we then got a flight to Maputo, a quick but slightly nerve-wracking flight as it was the day after bad flight day. Then we had a night in Maputo and then another flight to Tofo in a tiny little plane, which I loved. We flew up the coast it looked beautiful. So we’ve done a bit of traveling to get here. We decided on the plane as the bus took something like 13 hours and with limited time we didn’t want to waste a day on the bus. So fear of flying put aside off we went in the tiny plane.
We then drove to our backpackers which was right on the beach, really cool little place. The next day I took a day off to go diving. Being a very keen diver (it’s my passion in life I have to admit, every holiday I go on is determined by whether I can dive or not! Bit restricting if not expensive). We headed out on a tiny boat, the ones were you sit on the edge and hang on to a rope, it was well choppy and we caught some good air, no one fell in, always a bonus. Mozambique is the only place where you can see whale sharks all year, it’s my life’s ambition to see one and after Roxy and Tam’s video I was even more up or seeing one they look amazing (you lucky girls!). Alas no after 2 deep deep dives no whale sharks. But it was still really really cool and good to get really down there and get super deep plus a leopard shark put in an appearance. I guess I’ll just have to keep searching for that shark!
The next day I was back on the filming but the weather was a bit pants so we headed into the local market for Cara to try her hand with the locals at some bartering. She did well and got a bag she was after for a little bit cheaper than planned. Good practice for Cairo and Morocco then!
It’s been a bit of a chill out here before we head to Tanzania as we’re going to be up to a lot over there plus we’ve had little time here, literally blink and it’s gone. I’d definitely like to come back to Mozambique and check out the surf and definitely look for that elusive whale shark.
So now onwards to Tanzania, safari capital, always wanted to check it out over there, onwards with the animal theme!
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