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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton July 28th 2012

we have been having issues so that is delay in blogging....love technology not.. We arrived in joburg on Monday after leaving Cape Town on a 6am flight. We stayed atbthe Davinci Hotel, very nice. Even though we ariived well brfore the official check in time our room was avaliable, very cool. We headed to Nelson Mandela square for the photo with the bronze stature of him, but been so tired we forgot to put the battery in the camera lol we decided to head back to room and have a nana nap. We got picked up at one and went on atour of the city. First stop in Houghton was the home of Nelson Mandela when he is in the city, very flash. We then headed to the city centre, not as bad as people make ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 21st 2012

The journey has begun. What a quick process... i left gautrain centurion at 1.10 and was in the international duty free area by 2... Thats ridiculously fast... Very impressed with the service. I had a quick chicken mayo ciabatta at Europa. Its situated on a pinaccle that stretches out, so its almost like the building version of a Peninsula. Chilled there for a while and received a few phone calls. From Steyn and Marelise, was nice. Josh told me over facebook that I should make myself ready to sweat myself to death. Right now, I'm sitting staring at the rar end of two exceptionally large A-380's, its quite a sight. Also the flight line at the cargo section is pretty impressive. I am really excited to be on my way, all the planning has come to ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 20th 2012

Hie world! Welcome to my new blog! This blog is all about Travel, Fun, and Fabulocity! Its gives us the opportunity to share our travel stories, travel pics and travel tips. So if you have travelled anywhere in and around Africa, Please feel free to share your stories and pics with me! :*... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton July 13th 2012

Well I have been in Joburg for almost a week, and it is nothing like what you expect. When i arrived after 19 hours of flying I decided to go to the Sandton Mall. I have to tell you I felt completly under dressed. Everyone was in designer gears and looked like they were all heading to a flash restaurant for dinner lol. The weather is really nice, you wouldnt know itnis winter other than it been a bit cold in the morning, the days are clear sky and warm. One thing you notice is the two sides of Johannesburg the really rich and the very poor. Drove past a township today its amzing how people mange to live there, and you could smell it as you went past. At the traffic lights or robots as ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg May 29th 2012

It’s now two months since I left Africa, and I haven’t posted a single blog entry. I really do feel terrible about it. One of the reasons for this is that my last two weeks in South Africa were just so busy that I never had the time to write, and the other reason is that once I left there, I was so sad that not only did it hurt to write about the country I had left behind but it was also difficult to summon up the enthusiasm to write about the country in which I had just arrived. However, after repeated hassling from my friends (thank you, you knew it would get through to me eventually), I realised that it was time for me to get focused again. So, here you have it, a ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg April 26th 2012

Well, after about 30 hours of travelling, I've finally arrived. It was probably the most difficult journey that I've experienced in my travel career. A 4 hour drive to Seattle, 5 hour flight to JFK, 5 hour layover and the remaining time via South African Airways to Johannesburg. But, after only about 6 hours of sleep in 36 hours, I was met with some of the most amazing hospitality at my friend Jan's parent's house. Because it was about 9:30am when we got to the house, I was treated to coffee, "rusks" (which are like a dry fiber bar that you dip in your coffee) pamplemousse, which is like grapfruit, but bigger and sweeter, and some nice conversation with Jan's parents, sister and brother in law. After settling in, I was driven to the Apartheid Museum, ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton March 21st 2012

The last week or so on the farm we spent at the schools. Teaching at St Basil's everything from English and Maths to HIV awareness; a real eye opener. We played football with the kids in the afternoons, naturally we were made to look terrible by the 9-14 year olds both because of the heat and the fact that we are generally rubbish. We also visited another school on a neighboring farm, much newer than St Basil's, and spent the day there teaching and talking to the headmistress about her plans for the school which currently operates out of her front room. It has been overcast but warm for the last few days of my time in Zim. Since returning to Harare we managed to pack a lot into a few days before I headed back ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 16th 2012

March 16, 2012 (Johannesburg) After a bumpy but otherwise uneventful Delta Flight 200, a full wide body 777 landed in Johannesburg after 14 hours and 27 minutes of flying. As typical, it was cramped and a fully booked flight, but overall quite smooth. A meal and two snacks ate up some of the time and I watched a movie (J Edgar Hoover) and a few reruns of The Big Bang, snoozed a bit and wandered around where I could every couple of hours. Ore-efe Adesina got the luck of the draw - bulkhead row seat so he was stretching out! Glad he could make it. Ron Hobbs spent most of his time watching chick flicks best I could tell. We've checked into the City Lodge hotel which is attached to the airport so was very handy. ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 8th 2012

Today was my third day of taking antibiotics, and I could tell that something was wrong. I was getting worse, not better. I had gone fifty-five hours without food, and I was starting to get dehydrated; it was getting to the point that I could barely swallow small sips of water. I couldn't talk without wanting to cry, and even breathing without pain was starting to become an issue. I felt genuinely frightened by this razorblade-like agony. I had never experienced anything like it in my life, and I hope I never do again. The owner of the lodge where I was staying in Johannesburg (yes, we're back in the city now) was a star, and he drove me straight to the Arwyp Hospital in Kempton Park. Some of that visit is a blur, covered by ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 4th 2012

Well, here I am in one of the crime capitals of the world, and I brought with me from Zambia a new stamp in my passport, souvenirs that I didn't really want but felt obliged to buy, and a course of antibiotics for the gastric infection that somewhere, somehow, I managed to pick up. Luckily you can buy antibiotics over the counter here, without a prescription, which saved me a lot of time and hassle. At this point I'd like to backtrack a little, and apologise to Johannesburg for calling it a crime capital. Because although that's the reputation that it's ended up with, the reality doesn't quite live up to the hype. I was expecting to have to lock the car door whenever we stopped at traffic lights, or be on constant high alert for ... read more
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