Posts made in September, 2008

Wield Ultimate Packing Power

Posted by on Sep 29, 2008 in Getting Ready | 3 comments

Wield Ultimate Packing Power

Fuelled by delicious K2,000 ($0.70 CAD) espresso from a magical place called Wonderbake in downtown Livingstone (Zambia), I decided to pen a deeper contemplation on what we’ve been hauling around the world. I’m not going to run through the basics—Allison covered that at the start of our trip; I’m going to touch on our rarely mentioned, but legendarily useful items. Mesh packing bags, from Mountain Equipment Coop, about $12-15 These medium-sized bags are a fantastic way to organize your clothes inside a large backpack. I have pants/shorts in one, shirts in another, and...

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Thoughts on South Africa

Posted by on Sep 27, 2008 in Africa, South Africa | 3 comments

Thoughts on South Africa

Though three weeks in South Africa was not enough time at all (take note anyone planning on visiting), it was enough to convince me that it is an amazing place. As any local or visitor to the region will say, there are some horrifying things here – notably the vast vast gap between rich and poor (sadly, generally along racial lines) and the devastating effect that HIV/AIDS is having on this part of the world – but there are many more wonderful things. Neither Jon nor I really knew what to expect when getting off the plane in Johannesburg, in our airport transfer to Pretoria we...

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We may have been eaten by cheetahs

Posted by on Sep 7, 2008 in Africa | 1 comment

We may have been eaten by cheetahs

We’re off on our 20 day Cape Town to Victoria Falls! As our overland truck is sadly lacking satellite internet, we are going to be off-line for the next while. Don’t worry, we weren’t eaten by cheetahs. Well, maybe we will be / have been. If you don’t hear from us after a few months, consider curtailing your donations to wildlife foundations; the animals are obviously alive and well fed.

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Entering the UK as a World Explorer

Posted by on Sep 7, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, The UK | 0 comments

Entering the UK as a World Explorer

I thought I would slide in a few final posts on Europe before Allison and I got too carried away with Africa and the inevitable Lion King references. Yes, these posts are a tad late, but let them serve as memories of the lazy days of a summer gone past. Our first stop in the United Kingdom was London. London, England – not Ontario. Determined to make a fantastic first impression, I struggled with the occupation box on the UK immigration card. While ‘management consultant’ would have been perfectly suitable, technically I am no longer one, so I opted for the grand occupation...

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