I really do enjoy camping, although I haven't done it for a while. As a young adult I hitched/camped/bussed/trained around Zimbabwe and Zambia with friends, I backpacked around Ireland and a little bit in the UK. I also have done my share of camping in the Drakensberg mountains and the Natal South Coast, and loved it all. However, for the last few years I have not camped out at all, and in some ways I miss it. However, the last few days I find myself in an different position. I returned home on Friday to find that the electricity was off. Thinking nothing of it we had a barbecue for supper and went to bed. Only to find that the electricity was still off Saturday morning. Apparently there was a problem with one of the substations and the electricity will be off until Thursday at the earliest! So, here I am camping at my own home, and needless to say I have decided I prefer the real version. Ok, I have my own bed to sleep in, but that is about the only advantage. At least at a camp site I have hot running water for a bath and to wash dishes. Ok, I have camped without but that was not by choice. A tent in the dark also is a lot lighter than a house in the dark, well our house anyway. All our cooking implements are electric and so we have been BBQing which is fine for lunch, but not so good for a cup of coffee! Tomorrow I will go and get some gas cylinders so we can at least heat water, and tonight I eventually resorted to showering at the gym, which I will do for the rest of the week. The other thing is unfortunately none of my computers are powered by gas (lol) and so I am cut off from the world, I am tring to conserve my cell-phone battery until I can charge it tomorrow at work. Thank goodness for work lol. (Words I never thought would come out of my mouth/fingers!) I cannot believe how dependent on electricity we have become, and how dependent on the internet I am. What am I doing without the internet, you ask? Well, actually studying, doing some reading, made a card and a half, played some cards and really just relaxed. Sounds idyllic, well it is until about 6pm! So, I will only be around on and off for a few days but hope to be back full time by the end of the week.
PS Power failures are a relatively common occurence around here, but not normally for this long.