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Apr 10, 2012 - Planes and Childbirth

An early start, shuttle to the airport, through all the rigmarole and finally a relaxing breakfast and last minute purchases before we board our flight for J’burg. A bit of a delay before takeoff – enough time to have a great chat to one of the stewards sitting opposite us. Has a wife and a couple of boys, speaks fluent Japanese and actually lived there for three years. Not sure why he took up a career in flying. Now I think international flights are a bit like childbirth. When you’re up there you suddenly remember how painful it all is and...

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Apr 1, 2012 - Apartheid Museum

@@@@@@@ After spending our first week in South Africa, in the lovely, leafy suburb of Rosebank, we had booked a taxi to take us to the train station situated in the heart of Johannesburg. The Lonely Planet guidebook had been very clear that there were areas of the central business district that should be considered off-limits to tourists, while others were relatively safe during the daylight hours. We were in need of some comfortable surroundings and quiet rest after our five weeks in Ethiopia, so we had chosen to stay in Rosebank and leave...

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Mar 15, 2012 - South Africa

South Africa is a country in the southern area of the continent Africa. It's a beautiful place about the size of Alaska. South Africa is in the southern hemisphere so the seasons are reversed. When it's winter here, it's summer there. In South Africa there are mountains, grasslands, and coastal areas, though most of the land is plateu. Although more than one half the population lives in big cities, many work on ostich farms. The people that do live on farms are expected to do certain things before they can go out to play. The boys are...

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Mar 15, 2012 - J'burg

@@@@@@@ Thank goodness we had booked our flights from Windhoek to Johannesburg before our credit cards were compromised, or we might have been stuck in Namibia waiting for the new ones to arrive. We had also made arrangements with Anne at the Rosebank Lodge to say for a week in order to recover from our adventurous camping safari. Our replacement cards had been issued almost immediately and we hoped and prayed that Canada Post would speed them to Edmonton so that they could be couriered to us in South Africa. You may wonder why we didn’t...

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Mar 14, 2012 - South Africa

Hey here in Johnnesberg, South Africa. I'm here because of the crimes and other problems in this area and other parts. I here that the housing for some people here is horrible and not healhty. The economy here is the best in south africa not like other areas though. The land here is 470,693 square miles and the climate is warm and sticky. The families around here are nuclear (4 to 5 people) with extended members of family. An exmple that I saw when I landed was when a bystander help a old lady acrossed the street and yes I believe that...

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wide world places

Feb 12, 2012 - You who choose to lead must follow....

But if you fall, you fall alone If you should stand, then who's to guide you? If I knew the way, I would take you home.... I spoke too soon on how easy it was going to be leaving Laos. Me and my big mouth. As it turned out the morning I was to head out I manged to pull my lower back out. I mean pull it to the point that I could barely walk. Ouch. To make matters worse I came down with a nasty stomach bug/virus/bacteria/alien that was trying to claw its way out of my belly. So needless to say the journey was a challenge. I had to take a...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Johannesburg

Left Sydney on time - hooray QANTAS! Had a great flight - no turbulence - good food. Bonus of aerial views of Antarctica - sea ice, icebergs - worth the air fare alone. Sadly only thought about taking photo once we had passed the best of it. We were both blown away by it. Arrived in Joburg on time and caught the shuttle to our hotel which was in the casino complex (Emperor's Palace). Very nice room, walked over to the casino area for dinner. Lynn had prawns mussels and chips - David sole and chips + drinks. Total cost $A21. Reasonable...

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Dec 8, 2011 - Day 2

Day 2: December 8, 2011 (Thursday) We landed in Johannesburg, South Africa around 6pm there time, and 11am in Indiana. We had to go through customs. After that we stayed in the airport for a long time while we were waiting for someone to come pick us up. While we waited we took pictures in the airport and walked around. When my uncle (mom’s brother) finally called we went to go eat. While we were eating they came and we talked, then we talked. When we were done we all left and went to their house. When we got there our little cousins were...

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Dec 5, 2011 - Cape To Jo'Burg

For our last morning in Cape Town we meet Elaine and Dick for breakfast at The Charles restaurant at ten. What a lovely breakfast. All four of us walked to our apartment where we said good bye. It was very difficult. Elaine began to tear up and that got me going. Al and I did not feel ready to leave Cape Town or South Africa for that matter. I know once we leave, Elaine and Dick can truly relax.  Our taxi collects us out front of our apartment at eleven-thirty. Everything goes smoothly for our short flight to Johannesburg. Ghandi Guesthouse...

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Nov 13, 2011 - South Africa

Johannesburg South Africa, When I thought of Africa, what came to mind was safari, lions, elephants, primitive culture, and 3rd world country. When I went to Kenya in 1987 that was the way it was. Maybe Kenya is still that way but maybe not. A lot can change in 24 years. It seems like all countries are becoming the same, just like the United State; highways, fancy houses and big shopping malls, and don't forget Mc Donalds and KFC. We decided to go to South Africa because Garry has been there before and knows the Price family whom he met...

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Oct 16, 2011 - Next milestone reached - Overland tour begins soon :)

Hey guys! So I've finished volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Foundation now - It was kinda strange to begin with but it definitely got better - some of the monkeys were adorable - it was just a case of getting used to things and figuring out who was friendly and who just wanted to bite! While we were there we also did a couple of trips out which was cool - Kruger was amazing - on the first proper day we saw all the big 5 + 2 cheetahs within the first 3 hours! Also went to couple of other places including a wildlife orphanage where we got to...

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Jo's Adventures!

Oct 14, 2011 - Departure for South Africa

On Thursday, October 15th at 6:15 am I boarded a bus for O'Hare Airport at Goerke's Corners in Waukesha. Exactly 30 hours later I walked through the doors of my hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. What a trip! I first flew to Washington DC and then boarded a 7-1/2 hour South African Airways flight for Dakar, Senegal. We refueled in Dakar (of course we couldn't get off of the plane because of customs) and then we continued on an 8 hour flight from Dakar to Johannesburg. I would never have guessed that it would take 8 hours to fly from...

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Overlanding Africa

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