One of the major miscalculations we have made in the early stages of this trip was assuming that it would be really warm everywhere we went. Endless summer was the hopeful hashtag on our first Instagram post. How wrong we were. We each brought only summer clothing, which was critical, given the spacial limitations of our carry-on sized backpacks. But you can only wear your single long-sleeved shirt and jacket so many times before developing an aroma.
Today was the first day that it really felt like summer. We laid on the beach all morning and on the deck all afternoon. The water isn't warm per se, but it is refreshing. Besides encountering a spider the size of my hand and a bird meeting an untimely end by flying headlong into our window, it was a great start to our time in Knysna.
It's also the first time we've had reliable wifi and a chance to actually see what has happened in the world in the last 10 days. Kind of a weird feeling to be fairly detached after spending all of my days constantly inundated with email/data/news. Don't get me wrong, we're hardly "detached" but it has been a marked down shift from life pre-departure. At some point on this trip we plan to try and fully "unplug" for a week or so. My mom doesn't think that I'll last two days. The gauntlet has been thrown.