rainbow trip anetamarcelo   I  marcelo diaz Derek du Plooy ad memorian We still haven’t recovered from the mess that the trip to South Africa caused to us. Sometimes, you follow someone one his journey and you come across many different things and situations, the 7 colors of life. We’ll try to explain a trip that belongs to all who live facing the ocean. We asked ourselves what was on the other side and met our other half in a place thousand miles kilometers from our houses.
Our first reason to go to South Africa was to find and take pictures of some rocks with the same age and composition of some in the La Pedrera coast of Rocha, in Uruguay. We wanted to search and demonstrate the unity between the continents and try to find these rocks. Finding different people in that search was a real adventure. Kukuxumuxu helped us with his funny way to travel; they gave us some t-shirts for our new friends and some pencils and notebooks for the children at schools.
We finally found the rocks, everything else that was waiting for us there and many other things that are hard to explain.

This is a summary in 7 colors; the colors of the rainbow and some of the colors of our trip.

The color of the school of the small sea: our first destination. When we got there, we were highly welcomed. Some of the people in the town came to share things with us... an artist woman who made necklaces with beads from all over the world. Jewel (the name of that woman) had lots of things to say; her jewels (one of them was turquoise) were our lucky charm during the journey.

The board of one thousand autographs. The board, the map. How to explain a long and scientific story about geology; about the movement of plates to some children at primary and secondary school? It was very easy. We did that with a map on a surf board and music. The song we chose was “Ir y volver ir” by Martin Buscaglia. They sang their songs and we embraced each other little by little. We asked to a sharper from Kaapstad (Dave Van Gynkel, to make a board for us. We asked them to write their autographs in each of them so we could protect ourselves with them from the water of the big white. It was unlikely that anything could attack me with so many friends on the coast. And that’s the way it was. While I was surfing I just saw some whales.

The forbidden diamonds and diamond tree. The river that borders Sud Africa on Namibia is called Orange, but it is green. There, we were told many stories, but the best one was that about the diamond tree. Imagine where they hid them.

The sand in Kalahari. The desert. The presence of a mobile no-silence; there were wild animals close to us and lions were around looking for their food...

The eldest lichens in the world. Before making our way towards the border of Namibia, Philip (the archeologist) and Derek (the diver and guide) take us to one of the eldest places in the world. A place were orange color predominated. The wind was strong and every time we moved, there were clouds of orange dust; a kind of a lichen museum and ancestral sand.

The poncho from Argentina; biltong and beer. More than 20 kilos of smuggling stones. The farewell was very typical: we drank beer with our friends from Windhoek (the capital of Namibia) and shared some pieces of biltong; a salty meat marinated with many spices. Then, they show us an invisible route in the sand and told us “go straight and you’ll find a valley of precious stones” and then, they left...

Derek said: “Kook us some mushrums” when he read the name of our friends. It is very polite to say thank you, so thanks to Kukuxumuxu; they made our trip easier. People smile and thank with your gifts and kindness.

(Second part of the trip before the end of the year. +info: