The story of Anna and the Innkeeper

October 27, 2015

Perhaps it is time that the story be told. Because it is sort of romantic. We’ll both tell it. Anna in italics.
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Anna and the Innkeeper go to the Kalahari – 2014

June 5, 2014

Sounds very explorer-ish, does it not? Off to the Kalahari. It conjures up images of the Innkeeper striding grandly into the bush, his trusty Mauser over his shoulder. Followed by Anna fanning herself with a hanky and a phalanx of bearers bearing stuff on their heads, chanting old tribal bearer songs. Sort of 50’s Cary Grant. Nothing can, of course, be further from the truth. We will drive in air-conditioned comfort. Not a bearer in sight.
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Around the World in 50 days – 2013

November 25, 2013

“It is time”, we muttered a year or so ago, “to visit Ora in Canada.” She is the Innkeeper’s sister and lives in Hope with her husband Pieter. Not “hopefully”, but in the town Hope not awfully far from Vancouver. The problem, of course, is that Vancouver is literally halfway around the world from us. Bloody far, in other words. But, Anna has always had a yen for an Alaskan cruise. Maybe we can combine that with the familial visit…..
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Anna and the Innkeeper in France – 2012

November 23, 2012

Anna and the Innkeeper’s first visit to France three years ago was an abortive one. We had planned on touring Provence for 3 weeks. We lasted 3 days. The south of France was in the grip of a heatwave. Salamanders we are not so we decided to move on and ended up in Germany. Via Italy and Switzerland. Not what we had planned, but in the end a most enjoyable journey.
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Anna and the Innkeeper go Upcountry – 2011

November 22, 2011

Anna and the Innkeeper are off on holiday. There are places in South Africa that we have not yet seen, and this year we are going to make a determined attempt to whittle the list down. So we will wend our way slowly upcountry, through the Karoo, the Free State, the Natal Midlands, the Transkei and so back to Wilderness. Along the way we intend stopping where we are moved to stop and take our time to explore the countryside. We have no bookings – glorious freedom to do what we want, when we want and go where we want.
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Our big fat Hungarian Holiday – 2010

November 22, 2010

Ok, so maybe we’ll get further than just Hungary.
Anna and the Innkeeper may well find themselves in Slovenia. And the Czech Republic.
Our guest house, Mes Amis, is more like Chaos Manor at the moment. An absence of 6 weeks makes for a lot of stuff that we have to take care of. We have lists. Some of our lists have lists.  But, in true South African spirit, we shall prevail!
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Anna and the Innkeeper goes to Germany – 2015

August 30, 2015

It is factually incorrect to refer to moi as the Innkeeper. Or at least it will be when we leave for Germany. At  that time I will no  longer  be an Innkeeper, as Anna and I have decided to call it a day, Innkeeping-wise. We are retiring. Not a good word, though – “retiring”. It implies a retreat, conceding defeat. That is not what we are doing. We are exiting the hospitality industry. Klaar with the guest house. Kaput. On 1 April 2015, we hand the business over to Andre and Mathilda , who will rent it from us. We will occupy ourselves doing other stuff, the exact nature of which is yet to be determined. I will in any event, keep the “Innkeeper” in the title of this blog. Maybe I am really, deep at heart, an Innkeeper and will remain so. Sort of an honorary Innkeeper. Turn up at rallies wearing my medals. Reminisce about the great old days. Bore the pants off everyone.

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