Varad spent the rest of the day exploring Blyde some more. Instead of trying to describe the views, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. These views in person are absolutely breathtaking. I don't think I can say that enough.
The strangest thing happened
. On the side of the mountain at Three Rondawels, I overheard this young couple talking with an American accent. This is something I haven't heard for a while, so my ears definitely perked. After talking to them a bit, I found out they're from CHICAGO! Not only that, they live off of Southport and Diversey... only a few blocks from where I live! Lincoln Parkers unite! It turns out the couple, Nate and Kelly, were newlyweds who are embarking on an eighteen-month world tour, hitting South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and maybe even New Zealand. They just saved up, sold everything, packed up, and left! How cool is that?! Now that's truly inspirational. They figured if not now, they might never do it once they have kids, etc. If you want to follow their travels, check out their blog at http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/natecropp/rtw-2006/tpod.html. Good luck, Nate and Kelly!
After a weekend of eating greasy, fried fast food, Varad and I had a serious craving for the same thing... as soon as we got back to the city, we headed to our favorite Jo'burg restaurant: Vintage India. Now this might rank up there as one of my favorite restaurants of all time - it combines amazingly good Chinese with authentic Indian. How could it get any better? Oh right, add in a bit of Thai and a dash of Chipotle. Yum! Oh, by the way, I think I found the South African equivalent of Chipotle... but that will have to wait for another blog. See? The key to get you to read on is to put in teasers... stay tuned!
Oh, I forgot to talk about where we slept last night. We decided to stay at a resort near Blyde instead of driving 30 minutes to get to the closest town. Compared to the bizarre tree monkeys the night before, I figured we were ready for anything. Turns out, the sign in front of our lodge had a warning about baboons and monkeys. Sure enough, on the way out of the lodge on Sunday, we saw a pack of baboons running amok on the lawn. None of them decided to attack the car, but it was still weird seeing baboons running up and down the street playing with garbage. But then again, I am in Africa.