Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Tofo Mozambique & Nels (SA), (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 87, Saturday 13h February until Friday 19th February 2016.
Portuguese word of the week: “Temperatura”, meaning Temperature, as in “Its Frakking Hot”.
Tried to renew my visa while in Nels as there is only a couple of weeks left, was told firmly “NO”. So I will be back in a couple of weeks to get a new one. It looks like I’ll only get 3 months making a total of 9 months again for this trip. Which would mean I’d be back in the UK in early May, which is sad but I will return to Tofo in August after my sister’s wedding.
Saturday: during the night my bed at Mamma Mia’s B&B was a little wet. I soon found out it wasn’t old age creeping up on me but a leak in the roof. The double bed was made up of 2 singles so I manage to unhook them and move things around and put towels on the floor. In the morning it was all sorted and was moved to another room and got a little more sleep. My ride home had fallen through so I planned to do nothing in fact stay in bed. This changed when I had a message from Jenny, she was passing through and did I want a lift home. Within a couple of hours I was on my way back to Tofo. I took my turn driving; the speedo was difficult to read so I stuck little bits of paper for 60 and 80kph. We did get stopped by the police because I was going faster than I should (I could tell the speed correctly) but he could not resist 4 woman smiling at him. Arrived home around 11pm.
Sunday, had to make sure that everything was charged up overnight as there is was a planned power cut from 5am to about 5pm. I spent the day at home recovering from yesterday’s road trip. I took Rusty out for a long walk on the beach. Met my new neighbour a new DMT called Miguel.
Monday, good to be back at Liquid. Due to the tattoo I still can’t dive which means I’m grounded stuck in the shop. Fanni left us today very sad to see another lovely person leave; there were tears as she left. Got to drive my bosses Quad bike home, going up the sand road I was a little worried id get stuck, I didn’t I powered up the road kicking the sand up behind me pretending I was Jezzer Clarkson.
Tuesday; it’s very hot, I have been sitting at the shop fanning myself with a clip board. I am not wearing vest tops at the moment again due to the tattoo healing. As a result I have cut the collar and the sleeves off many of my t-shirts to make them more airy. I went to Chris little beach bar that he co-runs after work. A lovely lady that dived with us last year had returned and was celebrating her b’day she invited me.
Wednesday, I must be one of the few people to be “bluebottled” (it’s like a jellyfish, but it is not) at the dive shop and I didn’t even go on the dive. I was rinsing the gear when I got stung, the little horror had clung on and I brushed against it. It’s a little like a Bee or wasp sting just irritates for a little while.
Thursday. I led an Ocean Safari my first time back on the water in nearly 2 weeks. Mike came with me as I still can’t actually get in the water. We didn’t anything in fact none of the other boat did. All that wonderful marine life was hiding keeping out of the sun I suspect. During the afternoon I heard sirens not something you normally hear in Tofo, I was told it was a cavalcade of cars being escort through the village. After work I went to Chris’s bar again with Anna a Swedish diver who is leaving Tofo in the morning. Standing on the beach was a group of men in smart shirts surrounded by soldiers with large guns. One of the men was a government minister I found out. I imagined a boat arriving or a helicopter landing on the beach. Nothing they stood there looked at the sea for a little had some pictures taken and walked away. I watched them while drinking beer and eat cake.
Friday a day of very high temperatures and power cuts. A small bird landed quite hard on the concrete floor near me round the back of the dive shop. It didn’t look good I thought it was injured. I approached it which made it take to the air straight in too the shop flapping around stuck behind windows. I managed to catch it and let it fly free. In the evening I skyped with Mum and Helen always nice to catch up with news. I have more new neighbours another Finnish guy has arrived to work at Liquid with his daughter seem like nice people.
In other news, Some of the useless German I have learned this week includes “Der Hund Ist Wichtig”, “Die Frau Ist Neu“ and “Ich Bin Langsam” none of it really any good. Have Rusty over to visit a couple of times over the course of the week.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: emmmmm, nothing, oops.
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”,(12 & 13/02/2016) “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (17/02/2016), “Morrissey”, “Smiths”, “Fleetwood Mac”, “Tenacious D”, “Portishead”, “LUSH”
Reading: “The Hitchhickers Guide To the Galaxy: The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe”, by Douglas Adams, “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.