After 4 years of freedom at Rhodes, I moved back home to Port Elizabeth. I cried everyday for the first 3 weeks of work, wishing I could be like my friends in far off places like Korea, Germany, Namibia and Thailand, but alas I was stuck in the armpit of South Africa. Now 4 and a half years later, in my last 12 days here, I couldn’t be prouder to call Port Elizabeth home. I really do believe that I was sent back here to learn to embrace this place and its people, I’ve taken my time and there are definitely moments were I just need to get out of town for a bit, but all the same, I really do love this place.
I have so many fond memories of early morning visits to this Pier, whether over the Easter Weekend Splash Festival, Iron Man, Park Runs or grabbing last cups of coffee before dropping friends off at the airport or bus station. The morning sunrise is totally worth waking up for!
Heading out to this little neighborhood is quite a drive, however needs to be done! Skoenmakerskop has a quaint little restaurant with amazing scones and a decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake that you can delve into after a walk around the Sacramento Trail.
As part of my classes outings we went on the Route 67 tour which starts at the Campanile, through the Donkin Reserve and ending at Fort Frederick. We always talk about how the other cities have amazing history, well this tour proves we do too and with a pretty view! Every year the Donkin Reserve hosts the Donkin Downhill Dash which is loads of fun to go and watch, or participate in if you are brave enough!
The first time I walked into this chapel I told my friend this is where I would be getting married, her response was that it was too small and that I actually needed someone to marry first. While all these things are still factors, it remains my most favorite place to get away from the city. Humble Ways has countless walks to go on and there is such a peace that comes over you as you stare out these glass windows, over the Fynbos of the Eastern Cape and the blue Indian Ocean of Sardinia Bay.
This is my favorite view in the whole of Port Elizabeth, not only is it home but it is magnificent too. After a long day of work, coming home to sunsets like this makes me realise how blessed I am living in Port Elizabeth. When the westerly wind blows it is a different story, but mostly it is simply breathtaking.
I realised that the best way to learn to love it here was to become a tourist in my own city again. No matter what city you are in one needs to embrace the place we are in, don’t be like me and have leaving make you realise that! Luckily the people at the new blog OH FOUR ONE are cottoning on quicker than I did!
Love and adventures,