We began the morning with gasps of awe as we looked out the windows of our rooms. The sun was already high in the sky and the blue ocean was rolling and crashing in the distance. If you looked to the left where the horizon should be there rose a beautiful mountain range that stretched out into the sea. Directly below there was nothing but water, as the hotel seems to be built in the water, not on a beach, and off to the right we could see the western horizon where the sun would eventually set.
After getting ready for the day, and posting the first three days of blogs, we headed off in search of brunch. We found that in the same building we were staying, there was a quaint little bistro which served breakfast all day. We found out that, here in South Africa, the shops typically close early (around 3:00PM) on Saturdays. The exact reasoning behind this we do not know. It seems that food here takes a lot longer to reach the table than it does in America. It makes me think that they stand even more true to “made to order” foods. The food is extremely delicious! We discussed over dinner that everything here seems to taste richer and more true to the natural taste of the food (i.e. fries taste like potatoes not grease).
We finished brunch just in time to help unload the groceries, after which we began several heated games of UNO. Let me just say, the two younger boys are UNO sharks. I swear they were cheating and teaming up to make sure that us girls had to draw the most cards, and lose the most turns possible! After a particularly long game we decided to put up the cards and head out to take pictures of the sun setting below the water. The sheer beauty of it I can not describe using words except to say we could not have taken enough pictures of it!
Once the sun was set we headed back downstairs where there was also a bar and restaurant. Here we had a wonderful dinner (which, again, took a long time to get to us) and Amanda found herself with quite the crush on one of the waiters. After ogling him all night she finally figured out a plan to talk to him. She took her to go box and sat with Elizabeth and Angie in the waiting room “waiting on the rest of our family”. The plan was: as he walked by, stop him and ask for a pen to write her name on the box. Well her mother came up and took the box back to the room while we were waiting. So when Amanda saw him she forgot she did not have her box and quickly asked for a pen. Well now she had nothing to do with the pen, so he handed her a pad of paper (without her asking). Not knowing what to write she handed the paper and pen back to him explaining that she was going to write on the box but it had just been taken up and she had forgot, except she was a little more giggly due to her embarrassment. Little did she know there was much embarrassment left to come. We headed into the bar area with Gail, Mike, Matt, Cindy, and Rick. Those who could ordered drinks and we sat talking. Amanda brought up “her” waiter again which gave Rick an idea as he dragged Gail off to the side. After a moment of talking to each other they turned and talked to the bartenders and one of the bartenders left the bar with quite the obvious mission. Soon enough, Amanda’s waiter arrived and was directed towards our table where he asked if he could help with anything. Amanda in all her quick thinking asked him for napkins. Yes, I typed that correctly. They pulled him out of his job for her to ask for napkins. Well he brought back napkins and while he was away we were told that the bartenders thought it was her birthday. Her waiter stayed around the bar for a bit so Rick took the opportunity to go confront him and make sure he knew it was her birthday. So he came back and explained that he could not sing but he could give her a hug. So Amanda got a hug from a cute South African waiter. The story does not end here. He stopped back to check on us again and she quite boldly asked his name which we found was “Mo-r-n-eh” (he spelled it for us but I do not remember how it was spelled). Before we left Amanda insisted on staying long enough to say goodbye. He walked right up to her to waiting on the step (he was still quite a bit taller even though he was down a step). There she asked when he was working next. “Monday.” He replied. She gave him her best puppy dog eyes and pout before saying, “I will be gone by then.” (which is not the case she was just thinking too far ahead) He sweetly replied “Well, I can try to work tomorrow.” and the leaned in to give her a hug completely of his own accord. So we ended our day with Amanda getting two hugs from an attractive South African and getting him to try to work just to see her again.