The Highs and Lows of Knysna
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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Second day we looked around the shops and went on a harbour tour to see the Knysna Heads, pleasant enough but not too exciting.
The next place was far cooler. We were shown around 'Judah's Place' by a leader of the community, we paid R50 each. We went into his house, he was proud of his kids and introduced them to us, showing us all their trophies from school, they don't all sit around smoking weed all day, they are keen to promote community and achievement then showcase it to the local authorities.
Throughout the whole trip we wondered why Elmo kept wandering off. Then it dawned on us, we had tagged along on his mission to pick up some weed (This was later confirmed). No worries though, we sat with a load of guys outside and they played Bob Marley on the guitar and got high. Alex and Elmo had a pipe. One of the Rastas was so high he started crying so we passed (however cool I would have felt afterwards). It was the best excursion yet, really authentic and unofficial, everything was "brother" this and "sister" that. Every sentence ended with "Kna wat I mean, Rastaman!"
Check the photos, the plants were huge, I know people back home who would never leave, they'd be begging to stay. Check out the guy in the yellow pipe hat, the most stoned man i've ever seen.
Cigarettes are banned, drugs aren't allowed, just pure, home-grown cannabis. Despite it not being a 'Tourist' tour, it was extremely interesting and downright cool.
The following day was spent waiting for the right wind to paraglide. It never came. At one point Charlotte was all strapped up but the canvas would get off the ground then drop down again, at least we saved R450 each (plus we weren't insured),
Knysna has its ups and downs, highs and lows, yet we remained grounded at all times.
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