Canada Catch Up

Canada Catch up

Our flight back across to the Northern Hemisphere was long.. 17 hours from Johannesburg to Washington DC, horror of horrors, in Economy Class.  We have rapidly acclimatized to the Business Class experience (thank you once again Star Alliance) it is a dreadful  jolt returning to the pleb mass seating plan. Fortunately after our stop in Dakar, the plane emptied by more than half and we managed to sneak into empty seats to stretch out a little.  A few hours in…

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USA

USA

A round the world trip is not for sissies, or should I say our round the world tour is not for sissies. I suppose if you were travelling from luxury hotel to comfy hotel then you may find a few softies taking part, but they would need a hell of a budget to go with it. Without that sort of budget we have been forced to be creative with accommodation, meal and transport options often resulting in us enjoying fantastic…

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Every place we go to, we try to always keep an open mind and not have any preconceived ideas.   This was near impossible with Costa Rica.  Those that have been cannot say enough about the country, and its all good. Considering the incredible places we had already been, our bench mark was set fairly high.  It would take something special to really impress us.  As we drove out of San Jose towards Manuel Antonio National Park (about a five hour…

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Ecuador And Galapagos

Ecuador and Galapagos

Galapagos has always been top of our bucket list.  Early childhood memories of watching David Attenborough breathlessly describe the unique flora and fauna ensured it stayed top of the list.  In fact, it may have been the start of the list.  Until we started researching this trip, however, I am embarrassed to admit that I did not realise that the Galapagos was part of Ecuador, or that the official currency is the US Dollar. We arrived in Guayaquil, Ecuador, not…

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Machupicchu And Sacred Valley

Machupicchu and Sacred Valley

We flew from La Paz (Bolivia) to Cusco (Peru) and enjoyed an afternoon wandering around the city.  We flew over Lake Titicaca, fortunately low enough to marvel at the huge expanse of water below us.  Cusco is very old with a rich history, it’s a wonderful place to meander about, particularly the town square.  We had a drink overlooking the square and the church as the sun went down, a little sad we didn’t have more time here.  We stayed…

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Bolivian Bike Ride

Bolivian Bike Ride

We booked our bike ride through Gravity Bolivia in February this year.  It seemed like an awesome idea to cycle from the top of the Andes down to the tributaries of the Amazon.  Three days of riding, three on the river.  The 25th of July finally found us heaving 30 kg of luggage to the Gravity workshop to meet our group and get kitted up.  At this moment my long supressed fear became a reality.  I was the VW beetle competing in…

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

We had such diverse reactions from people about Bolivia, it seems people either hate it or love it.  We decided to keep an open mind and just see what happened.  It didn’t take long before we firmly decided we love it.  Its one of those perplexing destinations.  Maddening, enchanting, frustrating, surprising.  Perhaps coming from Africa, we are used to dealing with this constant flux of emotions.  We landed in La Paz, one of the worlds’ highest airports at 4000 odd…

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Mendoza, Potrerillos And Penitentes

Mendoza, Potrerillos and Penitentes

After Iguazu we flew back to Buenos Aires and almost immediately boarded a bus destined for Mendoza.  The bus system in Argentina is extensive, affordable and is a great way to see the country.  For US$ 100 each we embarked on the 1000 km journey across Argentina, comfortably ensconced in our "Executive Cama" seats.  The seats are like a Lazy Boy chair, the space between them like airline Business Class.  Wide, fully reclining thrones, and you get dinner (with wine),…

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Iguazu

Iguazu

We flew from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, an easy 1 hour 30 minute flight on Aerolinas Argentinas.  To be honest, we were confused by the layout of Iguazu, as we could not understand that the town was 20 km from the waterfall itself.  We were still in "Vic Falls" mode, where most things are 5 - 10 minutes away.  On the Argentinian side, unless you stay at the Sheraton, you will be around 20 km from the Falls.  Once again,…

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

We had heard all the rhetoric about Buenos Aires - romantic, the "Paris" of South America, great architecture, on and on it goes.  All of it is true.  But there is something indefinable about this city that cannot be put into words.  It has a heartbeat of its own.  A culture of its own.  It is compelling. We had four days of Zambesia sales calls, once again on the education road for our region.  A hugely mixed response from those…

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