How We Canoed to BirdNest All by Ourselves



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Maani bringing Enya back to Edirisa; photo by Miha Logar
Maani bringing Enya back to Edirisa; photo by Miha Logar
(MASTER OF CEREMONIES SPEAKING) Dear audience, it’s the most fabulous the most amazing fashion designer ENYA [audience applauds] who paddled with her brother to BIRDNEST all on their own!

(ENYA SPEAKING) Thank you, Mr MC, one and all! I would love to tell you why we went on this extraordinary adventure. You see, we had gotten so bored at EDIRISA that we decided to take a canoe to BUNYUNYI SAFARIS RESORT. That is a huge hotel that we can see from our place.

When we got in the canoe and set off I thought it would take a short time. But it took like forever. MAANI, my nine-year-old brother, was the main person paddling so if I wanted to stop paddling and relax I could. If we both weren’t paddling then the canoe would go wherever it wished. After a while we came really close to the resort and we had to find a place to park. I had chosen a deck with nothing on it. When we parked I was the first to get off the canoe because Maani stayed on to tie the canoe to the deck. I started to swing on the swing set for a while before wandering about. I got tired after I went inside the resort and had to go outside to tell Maani I wanted to go back home to Edirisa.

BirdNest Resort; illustration by Maani Logar
BirdNest Resort; illustration by Maani Logar
When we returned we made a decision to ask our dad for a permission to go to BIRDNEST. Maani thought he would say no because it was so far (one hour of canoeing each way). But I thought he would say yes. Dad said we could go if we put on life jackets, which means I was right.

Before we left we ate lettuce and onions. It had some parts which were really sour. Neither of us finished what was on our plates. Then I decided to pack a few things for the trip e.g. swimsuit, snacks and water. Maani also brought a bag. When we set off I was very exited!

Crater Bay Cottages; illustration by Maani Logar
Crater Bay Cottages; illustration by Maani Logar
We first had to visit one of our favourite dogs, TOBY at CRATER BAY which was close to BirdNest. That made it easier to visit. I had a blast when we reached there. I played with Toby a lot and then I greeted everybody there. After playing some tricks with Toby, Maani wanted to watch football (but I first wanted to check what was on TV) so I let him watch for a little while. Then I said it was getting late and we had to go to BirdNest. We both said goodbye to everyone and got into the canoe.

Tobby from Crater Bay; illustration by Enya Logar
Tobby from Crater Bay; illustration by Enya Logar
On the way I remembered that I had sneaked one of my books to read myself but Maani wanted me read it to him. When I was on the 11th chapter we were next to the market place. I stopped reading because we were close to BirdNest. I started to help paddling so we could reach there faster. We did reach there faster. Maani tied the canoe to a tree while I got my bag out. I waited until he was done so we could walk up the stairs to the hotel and donkeys. We looked at them because we couldn’t pat them (they kept on running away when we got closer).

Paccino from BirdNest; illustration by Maani Logar
Paccino from BirdNest; illustration by Maani Logar
Then we put our bags on a chair and looked around for Harriet whom we knew from our camping with Batwa “Pygmies“. A nice lady called Happy helped us find her. We found her on a sofa outside talking on the phone. She got off the phone immediately when she saw us. We said hi and told we had paddled on our own. She then asked us if we were hungry and we said yes. She wanted to know what we wanted to eat and drink and we told her juice and burgers. Happy brought us juice and burgers but before that we went down to the kitchen to greet everybody and we were given some French bread to try. After the meal Maani and I watched a movie called Marculas, then played Monopoly.

Finally my dad called to tell us we had to come back home.

Enya and Maani in a dugout canoe; illustration by Enya Logar
Enya and Maani in a dugout canoe; illustration by Enya Logar
(HARRIET SPEAKING) I was so surprised when they told me they are by themselves. Not just me, everybody here, even guests. Jesusssss! I felt soooo honoured and proud of THEM. Jealous too, wishing they were mine!

(DAD SPEAKING) I have always attempted to raise free-range children. When they came to me with the idea, I just couldn’t deny them the challenge, the adventure. They are good swimmers and the way to BirdNest is reasonably populated; they weren’t canoeing in the middle of nowhere. I must admit though that I didn’t like it when they came back with their life jackets off. And, yeah, after they had been away for half a day I got concerned enough to get them on the phone.

This blog entry concludes a series of Enya’s weekly writings. She will be back, we promise!