Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bulungula, South Africa

Life hands you unexpected gifts. During my year in Namibia, I met and came to know an amazing woman, Stephanie, who is now a dear friend of mine. While we didn't live in the same town, nor teach the same classes or grades, we shared a bond through our trials and tribulations that we'll have for the rest of our lives.

Given that she's coming for a visit this weekend, Namibia has very much been on my mind this past week. I talked for what seemed like an hour straight after work on Friday with my fiance about my teaching experience in Odibo...likely killing the happy hour mood because I always end my walk down memory lane with a mixture of so many complicated emotions.

On a lighter note, due to Stephanie's prowess as a trip planner, she and I visited what must be one of the most untouched, spectacular places on Earth - Bulungula, South Africa. We stayed in one of ten available huts at the Bulungula Lodge, an eco-friendly backpackers paradise along the Eastern Cape that is 100% community-owned and operated. It looks exactly like it does in the pictures above and in the link to the lodge. It was breathtakingly beautiful and more peaceful than any other place I had ever been before.

Go there. You must.

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