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Africa » Ghana August 29th 2006

I would have never thought a 2.5 hour plane ride in West Africa could bring such a different culture, feeling, and atmosphere. Wow, Ghana. Kristin and I decided to take a week’s vacation in August. We did a bit of research and it seemed Ghana was our best option; not a long plane ride, temperatures were cooler (and man, do I appreciate cooler temperatures now), beach, history, rainforest, and the big bonus it’s English speaking. Kristin’s mother, Janice, came to Senegal for a visit and to join us on our trip to Ghana. Of course we had nothing planned until the day before when I located a man based in the UK that puts together custom tours. He organized us a car and driver and a mix of hotels and home stays along our chosen route. ... read more
The Mantra
Our Guide
This is real

Africa » Namibia August 29th 2006

Bloemfontein was a major disappointment. There was nothing to do and the place I stayed in was appalling. I arrived at the Naval Hill Backpackers and was given a room only to have it taken away from me again because it had already been allocated to someone else. They then put is in a shed type building, which I had to share with 2 other people. It was the coldest and smelliest room I have ever stayed in in my life. In addition it rained all day. I was extremely glad to get away from the place. After my night from hell in Bloemfontein I travelled on the Intercape Mainliner to Upington from where I caught another Intercape coach to Keetmanshoop in Namibia. The Intercape was pretty expensive but they did give me free tea and ... read more
Namib Desert
 transport to Luderitz
Miles and miles of nothing

Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi » Kandi Beach August 29th 2006

Day 94: Thursday, August 24: Kendwa, Zanzibar Today was a pretty relaxing day. Slept in, hung out at the bar and on the beach, a few games of beach volleyball and dinner on the beach as well. Also walked up to the village, checked out the locals and then headed back down the beach. Got a piece of artwork from a local as well. Otherwise, just not much to report. A great day. Day 95: Friday, August 25: Kendwa, Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Got up late again (last time :( ), got in a few more games of beach volleyball, then headed back to the port and took the ferry back to the mainland. The ferry was late, but we managed with a few popcycles and made it back to the campsite pretty late. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Mossel Bay August 29th 2006

Monday we travelled from Swellendam to Knysna on the Garden Route and Route 62 (the longest wine route in South Africa) which has many wineries and wine cellars along the roadside with wine tasting and buying opportunites. The route was quite scenic through the Karoo countryside and the mountains (which reminded us of B.C.). We passed through Oudsthoorn which is the ostrich capital of the world and we saw hundreds of ostriches on farms along the highway. Before we reached N2 (part of the Garden Route) we drove through a pass where we literally drove through the clouds. The visibility was extremely poor and we could not see more than 10-15 meteres ahead of us. Between George and Wilderness, part of the N2 was closed due to major floods last week causing road damage as a ... read more
Beach in Plattenburg Bay
Homes with Oceanfront view in PB
Boplaas Winery

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 29th 2006

Hello All…I have been travelling the last 10 days to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and safari in the Masai Mara - or Mara as Kenyans call it. The latter is listed as one of the top ten places to visit in one’s lifetime and it did not disappoint…I promise to do a separate blog on my Safari Experience. I was welcomed home in Kisumu like a long lost family member. The Imperial Hotel is very much becoming my home away from home. I was even met at the airport by my favourite Kisumu taxi driver - Daniel. I have his cell number and he is available to transport me around town. Finding Daniel has been great as it has given me added independence. Today has been a day of regrouping, sorting through photes (over 200) and ... read more
My Tour Guides Ebba and Jacinta
Jan Shopping at the Masai Market
Lunch in Nairobi -- Indian of Course!

Africa » Angola » North » Luanda August 28th 2006

A huge amount has happened since I left my little slice of paradise in Nova Scotia. Yup, one big giant wad of crap to be precise. Where to start, where to start…. Ok, first off some airport or airliner lost my luggage. Could be in Paris, or maybe it is somewhere in New York, but knowing my shitty luck it is probably on its way to Japan or something. So I arrive in the Congo again only this time I got nothing. Well, a couple of books, one change of clothes, and some gum. No toothpaste, clothes, gameboy, magazines, shampoo, and all the other important junk I need. So yup, there you go. First things first I guess. At first I spent a day in Paris trying to figure out if my bags are around, which ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 28th 2006

Here goes. .. this still doesn't feel quite real. I arrived into Nairobi last night after a 5am start on Sunday morning and everything went smoothly. Getting through customs witha box full of small soar panels, batteries, wires, croc clips (and other potentially dodgy looking timing and triggering devices!) was fine. My well rehearsed tales of visiting friends in Nairobi with gifts from the lovely staff of solarcentury wasn't needed. It's Monday morning and I'm taking my first steps in Nairobi - the city with a bad reputation for street crime. I feel safer than some evenings in Gipshy Hill back home but have warned by everyone at the hotel that things can and do change very rapidly after dark. So far I've found myself surrounded by the chaos you would expect from a huge African ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan August 28th 2006

First things first, the whole 55 mile statistic is more or less a vague estimate based on using my thumb and the scale in the Lonely planet book. I had noticed lately that my blog titles were rather unimpressive and thus attempted something a tad more poetic. My time in the desert came to an exciting close when my cab from the bus station ran out of gas en route to downtown Cairo from the "bus station" and I had to push it across several lanes in what felt like the fires of hell while endless wafts of exhaust subsequently destroyed my lungs. I had no sympathy for the cab driver whatsoever after learning that gas here costs about 1.3 Egyptian pounds per liter. That works out to roughly 33 cents USD. After that little debacle ... read more
Camel Market
Hanging Out
Meat Market

Africa » Ghana » Greater Accra » Accra August 28th 2006

I can't believe I'm going into my 3rd week here, it feels I arrived just yesterday. We had a really good weekend at the beach, all 13 of us volunteers were there, in a place just an hour from our village, called Kokrabite. It's a tiny village with so many white people that it felt id stepped out of Africa. The majority of locals there are rastas which was graet fun, very mellow, fun loving people. We had an amazing dinner on saurday night, which actually just consisted of salads and bruschetta, not overly exciting, but such a change to rice and the first greens iv seen so huuuuge deal for us. saturday night was spent dancing to bob marley and drinking white ghanian rum with pineapple juice and on sunday we were all up by ... read more
A street in the camp
mother and child
water truck

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town August 28th 2006

Friday afternoon Niraj headed back to Calgary and the rest of us headed to Cape Town from JoBurg International. We arrived in Cape Town early evening and very impressed with the scenery and the surroundings. Cape Town was much greener than JoBurg much like Vancouver. Dinner was at Bukhara, an interesting East Indian restaurant in downtown Cape Town with a pub/lounge type atmosphere. The food was one of the best we had ever had and the price very reasonable. The atmosphere was like a New York boutique lounge. Sat morning we toured picturesque Cape Town in a double-decker open-top red bus. The drive was stunning and after seeing some nice architecture in downtown we headed up the hill to Table Mountain. We took the 64 person revolving gondola to the top of Table Mountain where the ... read more
Cape Town downtown
Cape Point

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