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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban May 15th 2015

Romance. It didn’t happen to me, but it did happen on my BazBus to Durban between two passengers. It reminded me of the transience of travelling – after a couple of days, they’ll probably never see each other again. It was almost exactly like that Ethan Hawke film Before Sunrise when two backpackers meet on a train in Europe and decide to get off in Vienna where they spend all night walking the streets of the city and falling in love – only for the girl to catch a train back to France in the morning, never to see each other again. Travelling solo can get lonely – especially during low season – so I’ll admit that there was a part of me wishing it was happening to me. Boastfulness. It’s not a good look. I’ve ... read more
Moses Mabhida Stadium
City Hall
Beachside Promenade

Africa » Angola » West May 13th 2015

Day 48 Friday 1 May Durban A$1 equals around 10 Rand 24c partly cloudy, some wind Just a bit on last night's wild weather; the Cruise Director said he's been at sea for 15 years and had never experienced a night like it and another crew member said the same thing to Gail when she was doing her morning walk, so it was something to experience. We had a leisurely breakfast and went down to the pier to board the bus. We were obviously berthed at a different dock to the last time we were here because it was much more pleasant. The bus drove out through the city, luckily it was a holiday for Workers Day so there was much less traffic than normal. We drove out on a 4 lane highway to the Tala ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province May 13th 2015

On the other side of this bridge, on the other side of the world in Kenya, Africa lies a whole community that lives very differently than most of us that have easy access to the internet on which to read this blog. The area on the other side of this bridge lies a slum. We wake up in the morning, flip on our lights and turn on our running water after climbing out of our cozy beds. They wake up in the morning and get out of the family bed in their 8 x 10 sheet metal “house”. We have the luxury of a shower or a bath, they send the mother or a child to go find water and fill a plastic basin where they can take a “bucket bath”. We have a bathroom, they ... read more
Care Packages
Slum Life

Africa » South Africa May 12th 2015

Quite a lot's been said about South Africa and the state of crime, poverty and inequality over the years. I don't intend to make a critique of this issue in this blog post since there are many wonderful things to celebrate and highlight in South Africa but it would be unfair of me not to at touch on the current state of affairs before I go on with my little tour. Certainly the Rand has weakened considerably over the last decade against the dollar and sterling. When I arrived a month ago the mid-market rate was about 17.5 to the pound. Today it's 18.5. That obviously works in my favour as a sterling account holder. So when a beer at a local bar costs me R25 I score; when a meal costs R40, I score; when ... read more
Sculpture, Cape Town CBD
Metro Rail Commuter
Scarface gets fed

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Coffee Bay May 12th 2015

My stay in Port Elizabeth was pretty unremarkable – much like the city really. There isn’t a lot to see here but I did manage to see quite a bit of it via my taxi mission across the city trying to find a camera repair shop. At the second place I visit inside the gargantuan Greenacres Shopping Mall, I give the stroppy shop attendant a big smile as a new non-Sony battery brings my camera back to life. The attendant does not seem to enjoy my absolute joy and relief. With nothing much happening at the hostel, I finalise the rest of my plans in South Africa, which is another achievement unlocked – I’ll be picking up a cheap hire car in Durban which I will now drive to St Lucia, the Midlands, the Drakensberg and ... read more
The Actual Hole In The Wall
Bulungula Backpacker’s Lodge
Another Deserted Beach On The Wild Coast

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Grahamstown May 11th 2015

One way to sum up the weather here is to give you a sample of my packing list for a recent camping trip. It included: suncream, sunhat, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, woolly jumpers, thermal leggings, woolly hat, raincoat, umbrella ... I think you get the picture. It is autumn down here in the Southern hemisphere. This means that during the day, the sun comes out and the temperature rises to a lovely 25 degrees, and I can lounge around in the garden with a magazine and a cold drink. As soon as the sun goes down, however, I retreat indoors to don jeans and jumpers. By bedtime, it’s cold enough to warrant blankets and a hot water bottle. I can’t really compare this to British temperatures, simply because the houses here tend to be built for ... read more

Africa » Zambia » South Luangwa May 11th 2015

Wij zijn inmiddels in Zambia aangekomen en hebben een eerste 'game drive' door het South Luangwa NP gemaakt. Hier zijn al wat indrukken en foto's. Meer details volgen later! Tot binnenkort. Maandag 4 mei 2015 : Makuzi Beach Een lange transferdag richting noord, naar het zgn. 'Chintheche stip'. Even halt houden bij de Mua Mission, om het lokaal Chamare-museum even te bezoeken. De missiepost werd opgezet door de Franse 'Pères Blancs' in 1903. Overnachting : Makuzi Beach Lodge Internet is down. :( , maar het kader is schitterend en we hebben de lodge met privé strand voor ons alleen Dinsdag 5 mei : Makuzi Beach Overnachting : Makuzi Beach Lodge Woensdag 6 mei : Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve Wanneer w... read more
Bushbuck (mannetje)

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe May 9th 2015

Alright, well I’m back in Africa and I was asked to keep another blog of my travels, so here it is! Most of the blog will just be copy and pasted from the Vets without Borders one I’ll be keeping, but the odd entry (like this one) will just be my own uncensored thoughts and misadventures. Quick background: I was accepted to be a student intern to work on the Vets without Borders (VWB) Goat Pass-On Project in Uganda for three months. This is the same project I volunteered with last summer for about a month. Brittany (a classmate of mine) and Lena (a student from the Montreal vet college) are also working on this project with me and will be joining me in Uganda in a few days. If there is anything I’ve learned while ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg May 9th 2015

In honour of my return to South Africa, I thought I would share a few of the words and phrases that baffled me on my first trip here (and second, and third... ). The obvious ones are things like ‘braai’ (barbecue), ‘robots’ (traffic lights) and ‘biltong’ (dried strips of meat, a popular snack). ‘Ya, you just turn left at the robots, past the biltong store and we’ll meet you at the braai for some snoek’ ‘Eh?’ I like to think I have adopted fairly successfully the language that is South African English. My family often make fun of my British-Yorkshire-South African accent, which is a product of non-Yorkshire parents, a Yorkshire childhood, and many months in South Africa trying to communicate with my boyfriend’s nieces and nephews who simply do not understand a word I say ... read more
Feeling patriotic
Only in SA

Africa » Comoros » Grande Comore May 9th 2015

The Comoros In the Comoros, I reached the lowest ebb of my trip around East Africa. Perhaps it was to do with the lack of sleep or maybe the fact I’d had enough of the heat and humidity of Africa. Or perhaps I simply missed home. The rain didn’t help much either. Thick, dark clouds had covered the entire country on our approach and, as the Kenya Airways jet descended below them, the beaches looked black and angry, pounded mercilessly by ferocious waves Thirty minutes before landing on Grand Comoros, it had been a different story. My flight had taken a scheduled stopover in Mayotte, the French dependency that had once been part of the Comoros. The ocean surrounding it was a mesmerizing palette of tropical blues. But then we’d taken off and flown ... read more
On approach to Mayotte
Mosque on the airport road

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