Arriving after dark, I woke up Friday morning with no idea what to expect from Sodwana Bay. The only thing evident from the Land Rover window was that this was a village - a very quiet village. After an outside shower, our gracious host took us to coffee at the newly opened Tamboti Coffee Shop just steps away. I didn't even have to put shoes on... it won't take long to get used to this lifestyle! After meeting the new owners & enjoying some eggs and coffee we were treated to a trip to the beach off the nature preserve. As I headed out of the 'bush' (after seeing monkeys and some crazy orange flowers), my mouth fell open.... it was g o r g e o u s. Sand dunes led you down to the bluest ocean I've ever seen; my first trip to the Indian Ocean. My new group of friends and I spent the day swimming, enjoying some Windhoek Lagers, and building a sand castle - the most relaxing thing I've done in a while. Sand castle wasn't too bad, but I look forward to honing my skills! Last night, I was lucky to meet some more locals who mentioned they are doing a plan for the town - and they probably could use a GIS person. I'll find out soon, but I'm crossing my fingers that they need a map of their town! Come all the way to Sodwana Bay and get to map? Count me in!