Waking up at Sisonke Lodge felt as though you had survived a night in a trap-house. We were overjoyed to be departing from the site of what will be one of our more horrific (yet hilarious), memories.
We assemble in our trusted 5-seater, and observe 6 hours of South African scenery with occasional naps in between.
As we were approaching the new guest house that was booked by Jameela herself, we had high hopes along with trauma after our Sisonke experience.
Uncle Evans actually mentioned that people usually go to motels like that to cheat on their wives. This gave me an entirely new perspective of what we had experienced. I came to understand the events of the previous night so much more, and it was a bit unsettling.
When we arrived at the new guesthouse in Bela-Bela, we were impressed the entire tour. It was clean, it was tropical, and it was exactly what we needed. While Rama was thanking Jameela over text, she accidentally sent her an eggplant emoji. I found it a bit funny that the eggplant emoji was even in her recents, so I did what I do best and I dwelled on it. I asked her why the eggplant emoji was even a part of her recently used emojis. She realized that she was going to have to save herself somehow.
So, she said, “You don’t know the context that I used it in though, it was part of a grocery list I sent the other day”.
She thought that she had won, but I did not back down. I was not going to be bamboozled.
I said, “Tell me how to cook an aubergine, Rama”.
“Salad”, she said.
There was no way that she was going to make me believe that she knew how to cook an aubergine. I’ve never known anybody that really knows what to do with an aubergine. That’s how I knew she was lying.
Rama and I were sharing a room for the second time, and we can both say that Flamboyant Guesthouse is an 8 out of 10, which is quite good considering the cost. Our environment was just a lot better.
Now is also a good time to mention that Rama is actually from Limpopo. As the only Pedi speaking crew member, she really shined as translator while we were in Limpopo. We could also tell that she was in her element while we were there.