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You won't believe what we did this weekend...

So, just for a change we thought we’d spend another day on a boat!
TASHLEY ON BOAT TRIP #2

TASHLEY ON BOAT TRIP #2


I’m sure you’re all sick of us saying how perfect the weather was when most of SA has been very wet all year. But this time you’re in luck – the weather was pretty average! We did get some nice moments but it was generally overcast and even rained a little! But it still was really fun!
BOAT CREW

BOAT CREW


We left at about 10am (only half an hour later than planned, BVI miracle really) and our first stop was a small island called Sandy Cay where we swam to shore and had some good poses in the bushes.
TASH IN THE TREES

TASH IN THE TREES


GuyP had his waterproof camera with him which is the perfect thing to have here – we are going to buy one when we visit Puerto Rico (tickets booked for the first weekend in March – Woohoo!!)
TASHLEY

TASHLEY


Next we went to another island (not really sure of the name, there are 60 islands here – cant remember them all).
PAINKILLERS BEFORE THE POOL

PAINKILLERS BEFORE THE POOL


Here we were promised that after a quick walk we would find an amazing spot called “The natural pools”. The quick walk turned out to be a long trek through the bushes – not really ideal when you’re trying not to spill your painkiller, you’re wearing a bikini and slops (especially if they’re designer slops like Ash’s!!). It was worth it though as you can see from the pics. It’s sort of a pool made out of rocks with waves coming in at one point.
NATURAL POOLS

NATURAL POOLS


AT THE POOLS

AT THE POOLS


ASH, BEEZ AND TASH

ASH, BEEZ AND TASH


CATCHING A WAVE

CATCHING A WAVE


SWIMMING IN THE POOL

SWIMMING IN THE POOL


After the hike back to the boat it was off to white bay and lunch at soggy dollar (yet another cheeseburger, we are going to turn into one soon!). After some chilling in the sea we were rudely disturbed by rain and went back to the boat to head to our final destination.
TASH, NOKU, SYLVIA AND DAN

TASH, NOKU, SYLVIA AND DAN


All boat trips here seem to end up at the Willy T and for the 3rd weekend in a row we ended up partying here. This meant more jumping off the boat and loads more photos & painkillers!
TASH, DAN AND ASH

TASH, DAN AND ASH


SHOTSKI

SHOTSKI


WILLY T

WILLY T


Weather aside, it was another great day here but we’ve decided to give boattrips a rest for a while! But just for a little while! We were promised a paragraph from a special guest writer but as we had received nothing at the time of going to print we had to leave it out. Just in case you were worried, the weather here has returned back to normal (perfect) so don’t feel bad for our tough life.

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Another weekend in Paradise

Sport at last!!

After 4 weeks here with no sport Tash was beginning to have major withdrawal symptoms so the annual corporate touch rugby tournament was eagerly anticipated! Scheduled to start at 17:30, the first game finally got underway around 19:00 (island time again!). Once it finally got underway the tournament ran quite smoothly and our Deloitte team did quite well, winning 2, losing 1 and drawing the final game of the group stage.
TASH IN ACTION

TASH IN ACTION


Unfortunately we hadn’t done enough to progress to the knockout stages! It was a really nice social event and we got to meet a whole bunch of new people which is always cool. The facilities are not quite like at home – no bathroom or changerooms around – but I guess we’re slowly getting used to such things!
DELOITTE TEAM

DELOITTE TEAM


TEAM AND SUPPORTERS

TEAM AND SUPPORTERS


After the rugby we made our way to a beach party on Nature’s Boy – a beach not far from the rugby fields. There was a big bonfire going and we did some late night swimming and dancing. Definitely a cool place to party.

Party @ the “RAVE PALACE”

Saturday night saw us attending a houseparty at the “Rave Palace” – a gorgeous house on the East of the island, themed “Hawaiin Rave-O”.
HAWAIIN RAVE-O

HAWAIIN RAVE-O


It’s rented by some of the guys we met on our sail trip last weekend and they went all out – the one digsmate is a DJ and he had a proper DJ stage and there were even fire throwers. It has a pool in the middle of the entertainment area – really awesome – the perfect place for a pool party!! Needless to say, lots of jumping from the platform above the pool took place. That pool will definitely never be the same again as people kept spilling drinks into it – glad we didn’t have to clean up the next day!
HAWAIIN GIRLS

HAWAIIN GIRLS

Catamaran Sail

A mate of ours, Claire, had invited us to go on a Catamaran trip to the infamous Willy T. Upon waking up with slight headaches and then seeing the miserable weather and rain, we were not too enthused. However, the weather soon cleared up, and as we prepared our very own painkiller mix (becoming locals I tell you), our spirits and excitement rose rapidly.
The catamaran was absolutely amazing – it stays in the BVI for 6 months and then goes to Bermuda for the other 6 months.
TASH ON THE CAT

TASH ON THE CAT


ASH ON THE CAT

ASH ON THE CAT


We made the most of tanning in the front and the trip to Willy T was smooth and enjoyable.
CLAIRE AND ASH

CLAIRE AND ASH


TASHLEY SUNNING

TASHLEY SUNNING


TASHLEY ON THE CAT

TASHLEY ON THE CAT


Upon arriving at Norman Island, we did some swimming and found an excellent way to be able to drink our painkillers in the water – the inventor of the pool noodle, we thank you.
TASH

TASH


We slowly drifted to the Willy T and it seems Sundays are definitely the days for a party there.
TASHLEY RETURNS TO WILLY T

TASHLEY RETURNS TO WILLY T


CLAIRE, TASH, ROB AND CJ

CLAIRE, TASH, ROB AND CJ


TASHLEY AT WILLY T

TASHLEY AT WILLY T


US AND OUR CAPTAIN BEEZ

US AND OUR CAPTAIN BEEZ


Some more painkillers and jumps off the roof were had until it was time to sail back home. Again, we got to see beautiful sunsets on our journey back before going to Peglegs restaurant for a much needed dinner.
DINNER AT PEGLEGS

DINNER AT PEGLEGS


Definitely an awesome way to spend a Sunday and we will make the most of the 6 months the cat spends here!

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Our 3rd weekend in the BVI

The Baths, Caves and Devils Bay (Virgin Gorda) plus our first taste of sailing

On Saturday, George, Dan, Dave and ourselves decided to take the ferry to another of the big BVI islands, Virgin Gorda. Waking up early to catch the 9am ferry was not the most fun but the day spent there definitely made up for it!

ON THE FERRY

ON THE FERRY

After a 30 minute ferry and a short taxi ride, we were treated to a view of the infamous Baths. The Baths consists of a lot of boulders and then you get Devils Bay which is a beautiful bay between these boulders.

THE BATHS

THE BATHS


In order to get there, a short hike was necessary which took us through The Caves. This involved some tricky maneuvering, climbing up ladders and crouching low between the boulders. However, upon emerging on the other side, the view literally took our breaths away! It is exactly like you see on the postcards and we were not disappointed.

DEVILS BAY

DEVILS BAY


DEVILS BAY

DEVILS BAY

The day was spent relaxing on the beach and enjoying the view. We also went snorkeling and saw some great things, everything is so colourful here! Point forward: put loads of sunblock on before you snorkel or else you’ll end up crispy like Tash!
Tash and I then went back to the caves without all our bags to take some pictures as it really is beautiful. In true Tashley style, there were lots of pics comprising of some of our cheesy poses.

Exploring the Caves

Exploring the Caves


Caves with a view

Caves with a view


Ash having fun in the caves

Ash having fun in the caves


Tashley in the Caves

Tashley in the Caves


Tashley in the caves

Tashley in the caves


Tash in the caves

Tash in the caves


Ash posing

Ash posing


Tash posing

Tash posing

We then went to the Bath and Turtle for some free Rum Punch and lunch…much needed after a day spent in the sun. After walking to the wrong ferry, a brisk walk to the correct one was had and we all relaxed on the ferry back home.

Lunching

Lunching

On Saturday night, we went to Petal and Christian’s house for Chris’s birthday. We were treated to true island hospitality with a great array of food and drinks to be had. We tasted some traditional island food (mmm delicious) including Johnny cakes (kind of like a savoury donut that you can dip in soup etc), salt fish and a scrumptious soup with dumplings.

On Sunday we went sailing with a bunch of expats. After being told to get there at 11:30, we eventually left at 13:00 (BVI time strikes again!). It was the first time for either of us on a sailboat and very relaxing. We were accompanied by Groundhog – a cute little pavement special. He has his own doggy lifejacket and is quite at home on a boat – too precious!

GROUNDHOG SPORTING HIS DOGGY LIFEJACKET

GROUNDHOG SPORTING HIS DOGGY LIFEJACKET


TASH AND GROUNDHOG

TASH AND GROUNDHOG

We were aiming for the Willy T but ended up just having lunch at Pirates (a beach restaurant on Norman Island) and sailing back home. Tash got to “drive” the boat for a while but gave up when it didn’t end up being quite as easy as it looked! Another idyllic day spent on the water enjoying the spectacular views and beautiful seas of the BVI!

ASH ON THE SAILBOAT

ASH ON THE SAILBOAT

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Our first (but definitely not last) boat trip

And a lot of painkillers in between

At the office party, we were invited to our first ever boat trip. A tax partner from New York, Bill, is here so we got to go with him, Dave, Aurelie, Elliot, George (also a newbie) and Guyp on one of the best Sundays we have had. As Bill and Dave were mini Captains, we did not need to use one and could go wherever the wind took us.

Our first stop took us to Sandy Spit, an island that has a beach all around it (no, not all islands have beaches 360 degrees around). Upon ensuring the anchor was in place, we jumped off the boat and swam to the island…quickly learning that the waters can be deceiving as what looks like a short leisurely swim is not always the case.
Sandy Spit

Sandy Spit

Sandy Spit gave us a view of many of the other islands as well as the other side of Tortola. There are so many islands around and how people remember which one is which is beyond us as they all look the same! After realizing the anchor was clearly not secured and thus making our swimming distance that much greater, our skippers moved the boat forward so our swim back was much more enjoyable.

Next stop Jost van Dyke, one of the big 4 islands (Tortola, Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegade). We stopped at White Bay, a main tourist spot only accessible by boat and swam again to the shore. This time, there were bars on the beach so we made the swim with cash held in one hand above the water.
White Bay, Jost van Dyke

White Bay, Jost van Dyke

The famous bar here is called the Soggy Dollar as by the time you arrive there, yours dollars are most likely to be soggy.
Soggy Dollar

Soggy Dollar


It was here where the famous BVI drink was invented, the Painkiller. This is a concoction of rum, coconut juice, pineapple juice and some other ingredients we know not of. Indeed it was quite delicious but we definitely know why it is called a painkiller as you will probably need a couple of painkillers the next morning! We sat at the Soggy Dollar with our drinks and had lunch in the sun…ah paradise. Another short swim to the boat and we were on our way!

Boat Crew

Boat Crew

Next stop Norman Island to the infamous Willy T. We have heard about this place since we arrived and well, our expectations were quite off the mark. Willy T is a boat floating in the middle of the sea which has been transformed into quite the vibey bar.
Willy T

Willy T

Willy T

Willy T

The crew at Willy Ts

The crew at Willy Ts


After securing our boat to the dock and hopping off, we had more painkillers (Willy T is famous for them too) and were then greeted by the shotski . This is literally 4 shooters (but the biggest ones we have seen) housed in a ski and you drink them by lifting the ski up to your mouth!
Shotski

Shotski


After Effect

After Effect


We were then quickly witnesses to the Willy T tradition – jumping off the roof of the boat into the water. Tradition used to be that if you did this naked, you got a free T shirt. This has fallen away as too many people took up the challenge which we observed fairly quickly. We took up the challenge of jumping but kept our bikinis on!
Getting ready to jump

Getting ready to jump

Tash disobeying the rules

Tash disobeying the rules


Jumping

Jumping


Tash and Bill

Tash and Bill

We were then "initiated" by getting Willy T tattoos - don't worry Mom, they were the rub-on variety.
Tattoos

Tattoos


Us, Aurelie and Elliot

Us, Aurelie and Elliot


The crew

The crew

After too many painkillers of the rum variety and two few painkillers of the asprin variety, it was time to head home.
On the way home

On the way home


Alas, Aurelie had made painkiller mix for our trip home…these home made ones were just as good as the ones from the bar. We stopped in the middle of our trip to enjoy the beautiful sunset and have a final dip in the ocean and then headed home for some much needed dinner!
Us, Elliot and Gipp

Us, Elliot and Gipp

Sunset Shot

Sunset Shot

Sunset

Sunset

An awesome day soon to be repeated, never to be forgotten!

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The Deloitte “Christmas” party

And yet another day at the beach

LAVA FLOW FROM ABOVE

LAVA FLOW FROM ABOVE

On Saturday Tom (a guy from work who was actually born in SA) took us to a beach called “Lava flow”, which is really secluded and you can only reach it by doing some hectic bundu bashing. The sea there was really rough compared to the other beaches we’ve been to so its not that great for swimming, but is worth visiting just for the view.. The idea was for Tom to try teach us to surf but it was just too rough so we worked on our tans while Tom did some surfing. While we were there and we saw a guy snap his surfboard clean in two and that definitely put us off trying it ourselves! We left mid-afternoon to prepare for our partytjie that evening.

SURFER TASH

SURFER TASH


TASH AND TOM

TASH AND TOM

The first day we arrived at Deloitte we received an invite to the Deloitte Christmas party (due to various reasons this never took place last year so it was postponed till this year.) As it was the only event in our calendar at the time we were really looking forward to it!

It was held at a place called Brisani’s which is a restaurant in Prospect Reef – very nice and open place with delicious food. The dress code was “elegantly casual” (is that an oxymoron or what?), so we went for dresses with slops. Partners were invited, as were children so we got to meet everyone’s better halves and offspring.

GETTING READY TO LIME

GETTING READY TO LIME

DJ “Pushpop” (yes, that is really his DJ name) was on the decks and played some awesome old school music. Before the dancing began in earnest, awards were handed out (very serious ones – like “messiest desk”) and there was a “newbie” challenge which saw Ash take a box of tissues apart and balance 4 oreo’s on her head (when you live on an island it seems you invent strange methods of entertainment!).

ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT

ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT


THE WINNER

THE WINNER

She did win a bottle of champagne for her efforts so it was definitely worth it! It was really cool to get to know our new colleagues better and discover that they like to party just as much as everyone in Joburg. Our office is like one big happy family.

OUR NEW DELOITTE FAMILY

OUR NEW DELOITTE FAMILY

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