Saturday, December 29, 2012

Back in Johannesburg

March 22-April 3rd

Decided to end my Mozambique journey early as I was getting tired of the beach, did not have enough funds to dive, and the food was really expensive. So back to Johannesburg to stay at one of my favorite hostels, Mbizi Backpackers, for the remainder of my trip. Mbizi is more like a home and usually there are only a few guests there. I can watch movies all day, eat inexpensive Chinese food, and do all the things that do not cost money. When traveling it is not always about having to do something. I have learned to live my life where I am. It is also great meeting the new travelers who have just arrived at the airport and whose journey is just beginning. I like that I can give those interested advice on places that I have recently been to.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

GOING HOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 3, 2013

AN AMAZING JOURNEY ENDS TODAY as I fly out of Johannesburg, South Africa at 8:25 pm on a direct Delta flight to Atlanta that will last approximately 17 hrs. Getting up at 6 am this morning and a few glasses of wine with dinner on the flight will hopefully help me sleep for at least some of this time.  I arrive in New Orleans at 10:35 am and with any luck will be back hugging on my grandkids by Thursday or at least by Friday. While always sad to end a journey, I am really excited to see family and friends again. Though I will be confronted with the reality of losing my couisin, Brad, once again when I get to Natchez.

During this trip I visited South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwae, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho,  Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique.

I have swam in the "Devils Pool" at Victoria Falls, flown in an Ultralight over Victoria Falls, been on numerous safaris in Botswana, Namibia and Uganda, climbed to top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, been Great White Shark Cage Diving, seen Silverback Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and been to the beautiful beaches of Mozambique. AS IMPORTANT, I have met many wonderful people in each country, both natives and fellow travelers. 

I end this trip knowing that by seeing all I have seen and experiencing all I have experience, I will be a better person because of it.