Have You Ever Heard The Saying, "A Change Is as good as A Holiday!" I always thought this referred to a physical change. A misconception that admittedly resulted in more than one saga of me trying yoga, going vegan for a week (more like a day) or recently (inspired by the Avril Lavigne song) attempting skateboarding. Which ironically did lead to a change in my life in the form of a hospital bed. This being said, I have recently started to realize that the change I needed all along was, in fact, a simple mind shift. You see, I recently had the pleasure of meeting a group of exchange students. Little did this group of overly excited, slightly pale Europeans know their presence in our country would lead to a rather profound epiphany. Their childlike wonder regarding the amazing gems our country had to offer, allowed me to gaze at our country with a newfound awe. Thus inspiring this new blog segment...celebrating our beautiful country through the eyes of a tourist!
Our adventure begins close to home...exploring the beautiful gem that is koel bAY! In the style of true South Africans our impromptu travel squad arrived from a variety of origin locations using a variety of different travel methods...one of us even cycled from Stellenbosch. Nonetheless...we had everything we needed for an adventure: sun, friendly faces, good music and (perhaps most importantly) delicious snacks. Koel Bay, better known as ‘Dappat se gat’ is located along the scenic, winding beach road between Gordon’s Bay and Rooiels. The magic of this secret spot lies within it’s untouched nature. The untouched white beaches, delicately hidden by lush fynbos and the elegantly folded mountains of the Cape. Basically a 360 view of South African paradise. The perfect place for lounging on the beach, reading your favourite Charles Bukowski book (I may be biased with this one), surfing, body boarding or classic game of beach frisbee.
Now I know the skeptics among you may suggest that the above mentioned activities are not exactly unique to a specific beach and others may argue that it’s a long drive for ‘just another beach’. Although these critics are far from wrong, they may be a bit short sighted. You see, Koel Bay is far more than just activities and sunshine. It is a symbol of the raw and untouched beauty of our country. More than that, the endless blue ocean expanse and the majestic, monstrous mountains are a reminder of our own insignificance. In this case, insignificance does not mean that we do not have an important role in this life, but rather that there are more pressing matters than our own. In a nutshell...Koel Bay to me is a beacon of perspective. Reminding me why I choose to fight for the environment and this exceptionally, unique and beautiful country!
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will fix it!"