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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg June 28th 2017

Basically, Johannesburg isn't nearly as bad as we'd expected based on stories from travelers as well as locals. It's hardly a destination, but it's fine to get stuck there for a few days in transit. We didn't walk around at night and we used Uber to get most everywhere. Melville When we arrived in South Africa, we stayed at 84th on 4th, a guest house in the bohemian suburb of Melville. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to walk to. I went for a morning run in the area and had no problems, though the guest house staff said it wasn't safe for Peggy to walk alone around the nearby botanical gardens. Braamfontein On our way to Vic Falls, we stayed at Once in Jo-burg in this neighborhood close to the city center. There ... read more
Nelson Mandela's House
Trash burning

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Pretoria June 23rd 2017

Since moving to South Africa back in February this year, I have to admit, I've been indulging a little bit golf wise! Why not?!? I can easily say today that South Africa is currently the best country when it comes to quality/price ratio for golfing. And there must be well over 500 golf courses to play all over the country! Maybe one day I'll be lucky to be able to declare that I have play all the courses the country has to offer. For the moment, I'm happy to play as many of the best 100 golf courses the country has to offer! This week, my girls not being at home, I drove all the way to Pretoria for some serious golf. I stay for few nights at the Sheraton in Pretoria. The hotel is an ... read more
Gary Player course, Sun City!
The 19th at Sun City!
Union Buildings, as from my room in Pretoria...

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg May 23rd 2017

It's check-out day from Humala. Yet another bright, cloudless day. I am starting to feel better finally, although the annoying cough persists. Violet still seems to be unaffected. We leave at the more reasonable time of 7 am after saying good-bye to Wessel and his staff, with whom we have become very fond. Wessel urges us to promote Humala. They started working with Touchdown just last year, and have big plans to expand in an ecologically sensitive way. It is hoped that in the next few years, lions and other big cats will be reintroduced to Songimvelo. That will certainly shake up the food chain. Last ride out in the land rovers. On the way, we see a large troop of baboons and our friends the rhinos. The rhinos are light tan in colour today. What's ... read more
View from top of Magaliesberg Mt.
Panther with his leopard buddy

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 10th 2017

Geo: -26.1951, 28.0339 I have no sense of what time it is, although my adjusted clock says it's 8:10PM, South African time. After spending the last few days travelling halfway around the world, the better part of today and yesterday in planes, I am again on the ground, almost ready for sleep, and most definitely ready to begin a real African adventure. I've been to this continent before, my youngest daughter and my exploring Egypt and Morocco on our own, but this adventure will be seeing some of the real Africa, with safaris into the wild national parks and private wild expanses in the bush in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. I almost didn't make it here to Johannesburg today. A massive snowstorm sprung itself on Boston early Thursday morning, the morning of my departure. Bill and ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 10th 2016

i made my way to the airport - and made it through security at 9am. It's an 11.35am flight.... For those of you who know my travelling style - I'm usually the person who's there just in time. Why wait around if you don't need to? Needless to say, the amount of times I've travelled and made it just as the flight was closing - more often than I'd confess to!! My husband is the one who needs to be a few hours early so he isn't stressed out. Not sure if it's a combination of our renovations (four tradies turning up at once just before 8am this morning wasn't conducive to hanging around at home) or finally being worn down from years of travelling with Todd and I'm finally in the habit of having to ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg October 20th 2016

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg October 16th 2016

Here are some photos of my trip that I couldn't post before because of poor or non existent internet connection.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg October 15th 2016

Our guides had a surprise for breakfast....pancakes! This set us up for the day as we slowly travelled to the airport.We stopped to look at the third biggest canyon in the world and luckily the sun was actually shining for a change. It got very hot later on. We stopped for lunch at an area where gold and platinum are mined and it is also famed for its trout. We eventually got the airport and sad our goodbyes to the guides and our fellow travellers. It was sad to see people go off in different directions as half of our group were on another trip in South Africa.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton September 23rd 2016

If there’s one note of consistency between my older writing and now, it’s that I usually have better things to do with my time when I’m tapping these out. In this case a speaker’s note for later in the week. In theatrical parlance, a script of sorts. Just as I am with improv, I’ll be pretty rubbish if I don’t prepare one for tomorrow. But here we are anyways. Let’s see. London was April, which means it’s time to move on to the bigger ticket item from September to November. Faced with three conferences more or less in a row, I opted to stay on the move for close to two months. This meant bouncing from South Africa, to Slovenia, to Russia, sandwiching in about two weeks of telecommuting from various hostels in odd parts of ... read more
hornbill thoughts
Southern White Rhino
Savannah Elephant

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg September 8th 2016

Geo: -26.1538, 28.0389Got up before 6 to see the sunrise over the bridge. So used to an early wake up call, it wasn't hard. Victoria Falls airport to Johannesburg to Amsterdam to Toronto & drive home. Layover number 1. Sitting in the lounge in Johannesburg. Boarding in 5 hours.... read more

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