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Wednesday, 14 November 2001
--> East London (SA)

Tomorrow I would hit the road again, ready for a new host in another place. Today I enjoyed the laid-backness as backpackers could enjoy it at the relaxing Niki-Nana lodge.
Somehow I managed to stay another day at Niki-Nana backpackers in East London, so that kept me from travelling to my next place and meeting new people again and I was still behind on reports for November 9-12.

And the reasons why I can’t update every day can be very contrary every time.

Writing a report already takes me almost an hour and then I am out of my mind, not able to write another word; while I also have to upload all the photographs and read and process emails.

And sometimes I just don’t update my website for a day, taking the ‘job’ with me for the next day.

It can also because of the Internet connection (this is still South Africa) or I am just too occupied by my hosts to be able to sit down and let you know what happens with me.

But I will try to avoid the ‘no report yet’-line in my reports index all the time, because I feel I always owe it to my hosts.

But to get me out of the house, Linda and Fred gave me a grand tour trough and around East London.

East London has the largest river port in the country and it’s a unique stop for those who say that Nahoon Reef is comparable to Sunset Beach in Hawaii.

From East London we drove on the old road to the nearby little town Gonubie. And if I have to compare this whole area with Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth, East London is so open and spread out. I was just so amazed by all the green features that I saw along the route. So much of that was here, while Port Elizabeth looks more like a prison city with its paved roads and concrete walls surrounding every house.

The weather today was better than yesterday, when it got very clouded when the night set in. It now was sunny, but unfortunately the day ended with rain again.

It was okay with me, because most of the day I was the guy behind the computer again.

Good night East London!


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