Thursday, March 1, 2012
I am a Tourist (2)
Around midnight all is peaceful. Then, a loud rapping on my bedroom door.
"Wake up, it's me, Maya. I am hungry. I haven't eaten all day. I have been ill. Do you have something for me to cook? Where are your pots and pans?"
"Maya! We are all trying to sleep," I say. "Please have some consideration."
"But, I am hungry! I am a tourist. I am ill."
The following morning, Graham: "Who was the prat banging pots and pans about in the kitchen, late last night? And, what happened to the soup and noodles, I left in the fridge?"
Maya: "I know. I know. It often happens to me." I have to make a lot of 'phone calls. Do you have coins for me?"
I show Maya, three times how to use the call box. The Masters University Student, then begins.
"I am a tourist. I am ill. I need to cancel my flight. Why do you need my name?. I also left my luggage in storage. Why is that another number?"
Through to storage: "I am a tourist. I am ill. Why do you need a voucher number? I was never given a voucher. Ok, hold on, I'll go and look for it."
"Hello. I have the voucher. Hello, Hello. Shit! Shit!! Shit!!!"
Maya dials again, and then drops her coins. Another operator answers.
"Joy, I have run out of coins, and need to use your 'phone to call the States."
Later. "I need to go out. Please make an appointment for me with your doctor and escort me. I heard you don't walk in the streets of Jo'burg. I also need to buy food as you don't supply any."
Me: "Do you need to leave now, as I would like to shower?"
Maya: "No, no, take your time. Let me know when you are finished."