Learn to track game like a ranger
FOOTPRINTS ALL OVER SPAIN ELDERS BY: ERNS GRUNDLING PUBLISHER: QUEILLERIE PRICE: R250
Can a book about one guy’s long walk of over 1000 kilometres through the European countryside be interesting or even exciting? It appears the answer is yes. Erns Grundling, an awardwinning journalist at Drive Out’s sister publication Go, took on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through Spain in 2015, and wrote a book about his adventure. Now if you’ve ever read any of his stories in Go or Weg!, you probably know that Erns has a pretty good idea of how to put a sentence together. But what probably makes Elders such a good book is the fact that he didn’t set out to write about his adventure when he started it. As he sets off, he’s at a point in his life many of us probably know all too well – overworked, overweight and completely frazzled – and he approaches the Camino as a sort of digital detox, with no phone, camera or tablet computer. Luckily he had a notebook or two in his backpack, because the walk turned out to be such an experience that he decided to pen down his adventures in the end. Elders, therefore, is a travel story, but it’s also a brutally honest look into the writer’s life, making it a kind of memoir at the same time. But if you think that means reams and reams of vague introspection, think again. You should rather expect hilarious anecdotes from his life, like his recollection of Japan le Roux. This eighth man was (in)famous for his ability to crawl all the way underneath a scrum to punch the opposition’s hooker in the face. But not only that, he could also crawl in reverse to get up from the back and innocently ask the rev what just happened.