Wednesday, December 22, 2010

'Twas the Night Before Christmas ' Africa style!

Gap Adventures Watering Hole travel forum is a fun place to hang out, help new travellers, and chat about tours, places and travel tips. It's a great forum with a helpful welcoming ambience, and you'll find me there as Jimshu. The Christmas spirit has obviously infected another Moderator, JaliscoJudy or she's been tippling at it, because when I checked in this morning, here is what was waitng for us!
Thank you Judy for writing this fun prose.
I added a few pics.

Now where did I park that overland truck?

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all around GAP
Not a creature was stirring (Bruce was taking a nap)
The daypacks were hung by the work desks with care
In hopes that St. Jimshu soon would be there.

CEOs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of border crossings danced in their heads.
And Red at the Base Camp and Meg in Halifax,
Had just settled down for Canadian naps.

The Bushman kids at Na'ankuse

When out in the street there arose such a clatter
Red sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
And what should appear through his nighttime Raybans,
But an overland truck and eight Na’ankuse orphans.

With a little old driver, so lively and trim
He knew in a minute it must be St. Jim.
More rapid than rhinos his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

Now Tano! Now Kibo! Now Erik and Chemi!
On Neena! On Murka! On Judy and Wendi!

He better not poop on me!
To the top of Base Camp to the top of the wall
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

He was covered in deet from his head to his boots
And his clothes were all tarnished with elephant poops
A bundle of shoes he had flung on his back
And he looked like a cobbler just opening his pack.

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
And filled all the daypacks, then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And using his iPhone, blogged the whole episode.

He sprang to his truck, to his team gave a call
And away they sped to a refuge in Nepal.
But Red heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove out of sight
Happy voluntourism to all—let’s go make it right!

Merry Christmas and let's go make it right!



Nelmitravel - Nelieta Mishchenko said...

Merry Christmas to you too Jim!

Papercut Doll said...

Superb, what a lovely thing to do

Jim said...

Yeah crazy lyrics. Have a great Christmas SJ and Nelietsa

Kelly said...

Cute!!! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Nice little story you got there Jim. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Red Nomad OZ said...

That's fantastic!! And SO much more meaningful than Moore's original version ... it really globablises Xmas!

Happy travels!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! I love it.
I love the Jimshu name too. Very clever.

Caz Makepeace said...

Merry Christmas Jim!

Norbert said...

hahaha! Pretty cool X-mas song fit for Jim! Merry Christmas!

John in France said...

All the best for Christmas and New Year, and hope you back to full strength before too long!