|Melody and I selling tickets to the gun show!|
|Melody and I trying our turn at rock climbing|
|Kerry, Melody and I on a rickety ole' bridge that felt like it was going to collapse under our combined weight....|
Mel and I then returned to our hostel and changed. Hailed a taxi (buses were scarce to find) and headed to Poring Springs via Renau.
Folks, this was the most fascinating drive of my life! The houses and people we passes were so far off the beaten path and different ot anything I could have ever imaginged. It was amazing.The dogs and chickens on the roads, people sitting around in front of stalls with multi-coloured tarps on top. Random cars abandoned along the roadside with weeds growing up and through the tires. Our driver Peter, was a hoot. He was so proud and would count "One dog, two dog...ooohhh....lookeee, one cock, two cocks....no hit. Oohhh, one dog, very ugly..." Then he asked if we were Catholic. I said, "No, Protestants". He looked slightly confused. So I simplified and said, "We love Jesus too". Then he got very happy and gave us the best treatment ever. We didn't have bookings in the town of Poring Springs os he drove us to three different hostels at no extra fee and made sure we checked the rooms and helped us barter. Bless him!
We just had dinner and it was delish. I stick to sweet corn soup or sweet and sour chicken. I stray from those occasionally and am always highly disappointed and unable to eat it as the food is really quite spicey here. On the way back to our hostel we saw the BIGGEST cockroach EVER!! It was a Rhinocerous Cockroach and ugly as sin. Nasty thing. Naturally I stopped to snap a photo. The locals in the store all congregated in the doorway to watch the entertainment before their eyes. The crazy white people taking pictures of bugs. Then shuddering and squeaking everytime it moved. Then running away shrieking when the bug decided it was tired of posing for pics. Glad to be there for them!
I just went to try to take a shower, but alas, the water seems to be shut off. Oh dear. No water for us till morning. So I am going to go to bed early (exhausted after hike and yummy dinner). Till next time. Tomorrow we go in search of the elusive carniverous Rafflesia flower. Wish us luck!