Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sun, Sea and The Windy City

By Renee Van Der Watt

With recruitment well under way it was time for my Port Elizabeth trip this past weekend. I always enjoy my time in the ‘Windy City’, which definitely lived up to its name on Thursday. I might have brought the Cape Town cold along with me but who’s pointing fingers right? J

I stayed at a lovely B&B called Ingleton Lodge, which is run by our very own Workaway 2013/14 participant, Andrea Rathbone. The team at Ingleton really made me feel welcome and I look forward to staying there again soon. Their Victorian room has a bath to die for!

We spent Friday getting the word out all over the city. That red Workaway T-shirt was spotted all over Walmer, Newton Park, Humewood and Summerstrand. PE is a foodie heaven if you know where to look. My favourite area is Richmond Hill, which is well known for its variety and atmosphere. This Saturday saw the buzz of the annual Stanley Street Music Festival. I was quite jealous that I couldn’t attend but I’m marking it in my 2015 calendar for sure.

The highlight of my trip was a tasting at ‘For The Love Of Wine’. This place, in my opinion, is a wine lovers dream! The staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. You can order by the bottle, glass or try a variation of tastings and the wine list is quite impressive. Nothing says great wine bar better than a selection of delicious cheese platters to order. I will most definitely be heading back there.

Saturday’s presentation went well and PE was out in full force. We had an excellent turn out again this year. Returners from the area shared their experiences and excitement has most certainly begun among the potential recruits.
I must just say a very big thank you to Andrea who helped me every step of the way. You are a great host, driver, tour guide and organizer. J

Port Elizabeth, I’ll see you at interviews.

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