A Native Zebra (pronounced like Debra) and a Foreign Wino (pronounced like Kelli)

June 2nd

I made it to Cape Town. I’ve been here for two days, actually. It is surreal. I can’t figure out if I love it or am so sick that people can live in this sort of luxury so close to the poverty and suffering I experienced last week. Then again, it isn’t fair to hold South African folks to a higher standard just because they are geographically closer.
Regardless, it is a bit crazy being back in the developed world and on vacation at such a nice place so quickly after last week’s work. I am trying to relax and enjoy myself, but am not having the easiest of times. Granted, yesterday’s tour of the wine country helped. Stellenbosch is truly beautiful, with rolling hills and wineries that had me dreaming of France and Santa Barbara and why can’t we all just live this way? Pretty, friendly and the wines were wonderful. My favorite was Goats Do Roam — which I’ve had more than once at home in the US. They had t-shirts for their bordeaux that read “Bored Doe.” I wanted one, but they didn’t have my size. I’m more of a shiraz anyway.
The highlight of the trip was Gorongoza National Park in Mozambique. We saw a slew of animals, although not the elephants or zebra I’d been dreaming of. The zebra we did see was tucked neatly behind a winery fence yesterday. We giggled with lips stained purple at the irony.
The low point was a wicked round of the flu. Could have been the flights or the orphanage or just a seasonal bug, but it nearly crippled me and I am so happy to have had my traveling companions. They have taken great care of me.
I have enjoyed this adventure greatly and look forward to returning when I can spend more time. It never seems to be enough.

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23 Responses

  1. uh uhm … We need a luggage update…

  2. hope you are feeling better and enjoying what Cape Town has to offer!

  3. I was wondering about your luggage too!

    Hope you are well rested and over the flu.

  4. I do hope you are feeling better! I has to be quite an influx of mixed emotions each time you are there.
    Hugs for a safe rest of your trip and return home!

  5. Kathie June 2, 2007

    Sorry to hear about your bout with the flu. I’m glad you had your friends to help you too.
    I pray the rest of your trip will be full of much more joy. It may be hard to find but there can still be joy if you look into those beautiful people’s eyes and share your love with them. Yes they are suffering terribly, but they also know you are there to help. I know it must be hard because you want to help ALL and NOW, but remember you are one of the people who does care and has rallied many to help with your careing. You have done a lot more than you give yourself credit for. And because of you there are many of us praying for your beloved Africa.
    Take care my friend and have a safe trip back. Kathie

  6. Don’t we all live in luxury around poverty? Of course we ignore it & don’t admit it’s there half the time! Sadly. I hope you make it home safely. You’ve been missed in the good ‘ol US of A!!! Have a glass of wine for me, bored doe šŸ˜€

  7. Sorry to hear about the bout of flu, but delighted to hear about the joyfulness of Cape Town…

    You raise a very interesting point (about geographical proximity and should it bear a weightier load…) – I’ve never thought of this in this light before, and it certainly merits pondering….

  8. enjoy the rest of your trip. i hope you’re recovered from the flu.

  9. I hope you’re feeling better… did they manage to find your luggage yet?!

  10. Wow, it must be a great trip if you can catch the flu and still declare it a wonderful adventure! It sounds absolutely beautiful…

  11. i truly understand the luxury and poverty issue. it hurts.
    take care of yourself kelli. get well. good that you have friends taking care of you.

  12. You deserve a little relaxing time, I hope you feel better now.

  13. Cape Town is so beautiful, isn’t it?

  14. what a fun time! spying on zebra’s with stained lips? oh, i see poetry in that. so glad you’re enjoying cape town. have a safe flight home.

  15. The flu in foreign parts truly sucks. Glad you are over that and hope your luggage arrived. Cheers!

  16. Glad you’re being well taken care of. Being sick on vacation is the worst. And, do update us, did your luggage ever arrive? I’m curious too!

  17. Ugh, too bad you caught a bug! I hope the rest of your trip is lovely šŸ™‚

  18. Did the luggage arrive? Hope you are over the flu. You raise a good point. Here’s another, that I’m pondering. Why do I feel more motivated to “do” things for organisations etc that are overseas? Am I ignoring what’s in my own backyard? Or do I believe I live in a relatively well off country and the government should provide the help? Am I just lazy?

  19. I hope you’ll post more pictures soon =] And I hope you’re feeling better.

  20. Feel better soon. Isn’t it amazing how poverty seems stranger in a strange land, than in our own. It has a different and distinct face for each place you go, but you always recognize the face.

  21. Hey Kelli!! Just checking in to say “HI”…take care my friend šŸ™‚

  22. Hi Kelli, just stopped by to see the photos. They are great so far, I’m sure the rest will be as heart wrenching… your right, I’d want to take them all home too…ciao