Okay, it’s been a while since the last post which was due to a change in my work location and I wanted to finish that before writing again. Like I said in the last post, I was transferred to the Kalk Bay Hostel on the 13th of February. I ran the reception and “managed” the place for the remainder of the month.
As I had only done couple of shifts in reception prior to this, I was a bit nervous of if I could do it alone already. On hindsight, that was actually a great way to learn more about the ins and outs of the job. Sort of like “thrown in the deep end” type situation, but more like into the kiddie pool.
Ultimately it was relatively straight forward to run the reception there because the establishment was so small and did not have that many beds there. It was a lot of fun though and gave me chance to discover a different side of Cape Town.
As mentioned in the previous post, the customers that came to Kalk Bay were much more often tourists compared to Riverlodge. Also, due to the small size it was easier to get to know the people staying there. I heard a lot of cool stories of people’s travels around Africa and how they ended up there. That was a lot of fun and always good inspiration for future travels. From time to time it was a little boring because of the small size. Good thing that I had books and movies to keep me occupied when I wasn’t exploring Kalk Bay or the nearby Muizenberg and Fish Hoek.
On my off days, I finally got the chance to go surfing again. Last time I was trying to catch waves was in 2013 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. In my mind, I would have start all over again. Despite this, I didn’t take any lessons and just rented a board and a wet suit and desperately tried to remember what they had taught me in Oz.
Was I a regular or goofy foot? How did you pop up on the board and how to position myself on it? I was going through these type of things in my head before going in to the water and I have to say I did better than I thought. On the first day I got up a couple of times and was able to ride the waves for a while. Second day, I managed to ride them all the way to the beach. It was still very, VERY hard but so much fun as well, just as I remembered.
That is one thing I really miss now that I’m back in Pinelands. A bit more difficult to get to the beaches. I will still try go surfing as often as possible - time and budget dependent. I've got to find more of both somewhere… Anyways, until next time!
Written by Roni
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