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Walvis Bay flamingos.

Walvis Bay Flamingos

April 9 It has been nice to be a little bit lazy.  I feel super comfortable at Loubser’s Bed and Breakfast.  I have my own room, Lala the older woman running the place acts as my mother and her husband Francois gives me fatherly advice.  They are very sweet and it feels like I am a part of the family here.  I do not really want to go.  Today Lala found me a car to rent from one of her...

Walvis Bay pier.

Walvis Bay: Comparison

April 8 Brushing your teeth with cologne is terrible.  I seem to experience this about once every 10 days. My toothbrush and my cologne are both in my shaving kit (among other things of the sort).  I am not sure how it happens really.  All I know is that it does happen… and seemingly often.  Somehow in my shaving kit, a sift of cologne comes of out the spray nozzle of the bottle and ends up on my toothbrush.  Unbeknownst...

The contrast....

Otjiwarongo to Walvis Bay: Hitchhiking a Train

April 7 I was up before my friends and I wanted to write my blog in the morning, but by the time I got out of the shower, Tosh and James were away and outside of the tent.  Tosh was smoking.  He told me, “I try to quit every morning!”  This morning seems to have been another failure. Tosh and James told me they had second thoughts about travelling all over Namibia with me.  Money is a bigger factor than...

Jukebox and catalog on the wall next to it.

Grootfontein to Otjiwarongo: The Last to Evolve

April 6 The Meteor Inn fed me a huge breakfast today and then I got into contact with two local friends, Tosh and James, who I had met yesterday in Tsumeb.  They asked me to wait for them because they said they wanted to travel with me.  I ended up catching a taxi from Grootfontein to Tsumeb to meet them.  On the way, a fellow rider asked me if I was travelling alone.  When I confirmed I was, he asked...

A neighbour of Andy's who came to visit in the morning.  Her little girl was terrified of me, and hid her eyes behind her hands.  If she could not see me, I was not there!

Botswana to Namibia: Was I Cursed Today?

April 5 I am starting to have weird flashes of headaches and earaches.  These are things I never have in my life, ever.  Sometimes I have a weird nerve-jolt of pain go through my eyes for a nano-second.  I am wondering if this is a side effect of being on malaria medication for nearly four months straight?  I can not wait to get away from putting this medication garbage into me… I am going to attribute that to the amount...

Trying to Remain Sane as a Writing Travel Blogger

Trying to Remain Sane as a Writing Travel Blogger

Trying to Remain Sane as a Writing Travel Blogger. April 4 I really love writing on this website.  I enjoy all of this so much…being a writing travel blogger… I have been a doing this for 11 years now, though only about 12 months of it is on this website.  But, I have about 10 other years of daily writing that is just like this, as I have travelled and roamed the planet. It is a heavy load as a travel...

Transport Botswana.

Maun to Shakawe: Sleeping on a Taxi Drivers’ Floor

April 4 I checked out of the Old Bridge Backpackers this morning and decided to get out of Botswana.  I made it to the bus station and trying to find a bus to Shakawe, a border town with Namibia on the Botswana side.  Two lovely local ladies walked me to the right bus.  It would be a seven hour journey.  I got a front seat so that I could see out the window as we drove. Botswana is very dry...

Copy-zebra. I climbed a mound to have a look at this zebra and it climbed a mound to have a look at me. I should have patented the move.

The Okavango Delta of Botswana

April 2 Getting up at 06:02 is not easy when you prefer to howl at the moon.  Once you are up, it is not so bad. Making that initial move to get yourself out of the warmth and comfort of a bed that you could surely use more time in…that is the tricky part.  I am certain we are too far into the future to have to wake so early anymore. I was waiting at the reception of the Old...

Crocodiles!

Maun: G-Mix’s Rotten Tomatoes

April 1 I changed places to sleep today and made my way to The Old Bridge Backpackers where I had spent my time yesterday.  I was pretty comfortable where I was, but I needed a hostel where they could accommodate my desires to see some of the Okavango Delta, which is right here! On the walk, there was a really nice looking dog having a nap on the side of the road.  He awoke when I got close to him. ...

At Old Bridge Backpackers.

Maun: Relaxation After Body Interrogation

March 31 48 hours ago I was in Lesotho…  Right now, I am near the top of Botswana.  I can really make miles when I need to get somewhere.  It is hell on my body, but I can cover the ground when I feel like I need to. I have been really stiff all day.  My body is tired of my behavior so I really took the day to relax. It was my way of saying thank you to all...

My homeless resting spot in Ghanzi.

Gaborone to Maun: Being Botswana Homeless

March 30 I have not had a towel for a little over a week now and I have been looking for one to buy or waiting for one to steal from a hotel or hostel that I did not like.  This morning that ship came in.The guesthouse I ended up in last night was far too expensive. The girl, who was preparing breakfast this morning, was miserable and incapable of smiling.  That was enough to justify it.  New towel! I...

Just outside of my lodge. it sure is pretty.

Lesotho to Botswana: A Three Country Day

March 29 Another three country day.  Those are pretty big days…  And rare days, though I have had two of them in about a week… I was up early at the New Oxbow Lodge and out on the road by 08:00 to try to hitchhike my way out of Lesotho.  I do not want to leave this country at all.  Lesotho is this perfect little sweetheart that does nothing wrong and only makes you happy.  The people are wonderful.  People...

Lesotho, fully traditional.

Sani Top to Oxbow: The Lesotho Time Machine

March 28 I got up at 05:45 for the sunrise.  The people at the Sani Mountain Lodge had been raving about it.  I prefer to curse the sun to howl at the moon, but sometimes a man needs to tackle a sunrise.  Nature here had convinced me so. It was cold.  Like a-sweater-is-not-enough cold.  But, while it is cold for me, the Lesotho’s really take it hard.  They were wrapped in blankets, coats, hats and gloves as if it was...

I befriended her on my walk. And then she gave me this pose. This is her rondavel, including satellite dish accessory.

Drunk Diaries – Sani Top Lodge, The Highest Pub in Africa

March 27 Usually, I think I am pretty sharp and a victor (or at least an equal against the competitors in the game of life)…but I was incapable of counting money about three minutes ago. The bartender was laughing at me.  Math is one of my strong suits.  I could not make my bills add to 30, and then when I tried to overcompensate that, I made them add to 70.  The bartender wanted to help me.  I told him,...

This is Lesotho.

Across the Middle of Lesotho to Mokhotlong Village

March 26 I decided to check out of the village Roma and get deeper into Lesotho to get as real as possible.  I feel like I sort of cheated Swaziland by only seeing just a small corner of a small country.  So, this morning, looking at a map, I noticed a fine line that represented a road that went right across Lesotho to the other side.  It was not a thick line so I knew it was not much of...

The Middle Finger Laugh.

Roma: The Middle Finger

March 25 You know when you hit something of a lull in your travels and you start thinking that maybe it is time to wrap this up, and then you have a magical day and you are just like, “Holy!  And I was thinking about turning in for a bit!?”  Today was one of those days.  It is like the travel spirits do not want me to stop. I got up at the house where I was staying and had...

"You can have a virgin wife for 18 of me."

Swaziland: Trading Cows for Virgins…The Bride-Prize

Last night in a hostel in Mbabane, Swaziland, I ended up in a fascinating conversation with a couple of locals, Denzel and Anna.  According to Swaziland tradition, a bride-prize is required to marry a virgin here (virgin often defined by “not having children” rather than “not having penetration” in Swaziland). A “Bride-Prize” is 18 cows that you must give to the father of the girl you want to marry.  If she is a princess, the price is 35 cows.  I...

Kids are made out of rubber.  Could you imagine sleeping like that?!

Swaziland to Lesotho: The Renegade Bus

March 24 Swaziland, a country where your mini-bus driving 80 km/h uses no signals to pass a police car in a 40 km/h zone.  Actually, we nearly rear-ended the police car because we were driving so fast… No issues.  No second guessing… I have met a guy here who has never ever heard of McDonald’s.  That is amazing.  That is beautiful! Swaziland is a safe country.  They still have the death penalty here, but hearsay is that no one has...

Bulembu, the asbestos mine houses.

Bulembu: Abandoned Asbestos Mining Ghost-Town

March 23 Swaziland is far more developed than I ever would have guessed.  It sort of feels ahead of South Africa, though it has its crazy, charming traditional ways that it hangs onto.  I was expecting grass skirts and grass huts here.  Instead, it is huge supermarkets, strip malls and restaurants that could be in Europe.  Yea, in Swaziland.  I know.  It is weird for me too… Oh, and another weird thing for me is how people call money “bucks”...

Just sitting here, wasting away.

The 43,000 Year Old Iron Ore Mine in Ngwenya

March 22 Here, try this.  Here is a handy-dandy set of helper words if you are about to arrive in Swaziland! It was misting all day, but I really wanted to get out of the hostel and see some of Swaziland, so I made a decision to catch two different minivan taxis to a town called Ngwenya where the oldest known iron ore mine in the world exists.  People have been mining from the mountain for 43,000 years.  That is...

Hooves.

Johannesburg to Mbabane: Trying Witch-Doctor Potions

March 21 I said goodbye to Maritza in the morning and then Toby drove me into the center of Johannesburg.  The city is a massive, sprawling, urban area built of clusters of suburbs.  There are huge areas of population and then there are green areas with a forest. Then, another patch of city. The, more forest as you blast through it all on a freeway at 120 km/h.  Johannesburg is a very pretty. .Toby and I went to “The Museum...

Johannesburg: Hanging out in Maboneng

Johannesburg: Hanging out in Maboneng

March 20 Johannesburg: Hanging out in Maboneng. In 1886, there was a gold rush in this area that lead to the establishment of Johannesburg.  In fact, Johannesburg was referred to as “Egoli” or “The City of Gold”.  A mineral revolution was taking place at the time, and as a result, today there are many bleached-white and yellow-tailing mine-dumps standing high around the city.  It gives the city a very distinct, unique look with the unnatural man made piles of sifted-through...

A South African house party.

Johannesburg: Affluent Rock and Roll Party

March 19 South Africa had quite a history, some of it very dark.  On February 1st 1991, a signing of a national peace accord took place where former president F. W. de Klerk promised to end an apartheid legislation and end the segregation of whites and blacks.  Up until 1991, covering a time frame of about 20 years, South Africa had a dark mark on their name because of the partisan.  This proud sports nation involved in cricket, rugby, football, where...

Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting

Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting

March 18 Johannesburg: Like Nothing I was Expecting. The bus arrived in Johannesburg at 06:00.  I was listening to the band Seether as we drove because they are the only band from South Africa that I really know anything about. Coming into Johannesburg was very interesting.  I have only heard terrible things about Johannesburg.  Car jacking.  Murder.  Theft.  Crime.  Gated communities.  I did not even really want to visit, but I had a friend here so I decided to come...

Bulawayo to Johannesburg: Back to the Future

Bulawayo to Johannesburg: Back to the Future

March 17 Bulawayo to Johannesburg: Back to the Future. Happy “I hope you drink Guinness all day” day!  It seems weird to not be drinking a lot of the black liquid gold today… I ran around Bulawayo, trying to find a place to print some photos to mail to friends.  I met a beautiful woman named Kimberly in a photo shop, but I am terrified of the 25% HIV population here in Zimbabwe.  I have decided to turn my crotch off...

Matobo National Park and National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe

Matobo National Park and National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe

March 16 Matobo National Park and National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe. I left my hotel which smelled like mouse urine. I was walking down the street when a dog freaked out and started barking at me.  Science says that dogs are colorblind, but there is no doubt that the dog recognized that I was alien to the majority of the population here.  It makes me wonder if I was frightening the dog that was clearly confused by my peculiar features....

Bulawayo: National Railway Museum

Bulawayo: National Railway Museum

March 15 Bulawayo: National Railway Museum. It is hard to get moving when there are people to entertain! I left the hotel in reasonable time this morning, on my way to visit three museums in Bulawayo.  My intentions were good.  Then, I ended up walking past a place that was selling Johannesburg bus tickets… I guess I am headed that direction so I went inside to inquire. Two women were sitting at a desk. I told them silly stories and...

The Road to Bulawayo: Hitting a Goat

The Road to Bulawayo: Hitting a Goat

The Road to Bulawayo: Hitting a Goat March 14 Sometimes, you can just feel when it is time to move on from where you are to see more of a country.  Other times, you have to get moving before people begin to realize how many days you have been wearing the same shirt and pair of shorts.  I left Shoestring Backpackers Lodge today a little for the former, but a lot for the latter.  It was time to change my...

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures

Victoria Falls Gorge Swing: Wild Horizons Adventures Wild Horizons – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Telephone  +263 (13) – 42313/42314 Email – info@wildhorizons.co.zw Facebook Wild Horizons March 13 I decided to tackle the morning at about 09:00.  I wanted to start it earlier, but it was important to have a fresh of a mind for the day so I stole a little extra sleep.  I was at Wild Horizons at 10:00.  Today was certain to be a great day. In no time after I...

Victoria Falls: Zambezi Horse Trails

Victoria Falls: Zambezi Horse Trails

Zambezi Horse Trails Victoria Falls Zambezi Horse Trails Email: info@vicfallshorsetrails.com  Skype: alisonhorses  Tel: +263 13 42847 Facebook Zambezi Horse Trails March 12 I had a morning, but my day really began at 15:30 when a man named Joseph arrived at Shoestring Lodge Backpackers Hostel to pick me up and take me to Zambezi Horse Trails.  We stopped to pick up a Gail and Faye, a really nice American mother and daughter team, and then pulled into the Zambezi Horse Trails, one...

Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe: Peeing Rainbows

March 11 Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.  It is an interesting town for the fact that there are warthogs running through the street like stray dogs.  There are elephants that come to town in the night to eat because the watered grass is better in town.  That is pretty cool… The sun came out so I went to Visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. It was $30 to get in which is $10 more than the Zambian side and it is decidedly the...

Visit Victoria Falls Zambia

Visit Victoria Falls Zambia: Anti-Rain Going Up

March 10 Visit Victoria Falls Zambia.  It was one of my main reasons for travelling through Zambia southbound.  I have traveled a lot of miles to get here.  So, that today turned out to be such a m@therf*ker of a day is pretty disappointing.  I do not like to swear in this blog because I think it is tasteless to write with swear words, but I can not think of another word that I want to describe the day as...

Livingstone: Zambian Tina Turner

Livingstone: Zambian Tina Turner

            Livingstone: Zambian Tina Turner. March 9. Zambia is a country full of really nice people.  Avoid Lusaka, the capital, if you can though. The other towns and the people I have met on the road have made for a really good experience.  Livingstone is great.  It is a safe city where you can walk anywhere, even at night, even as a foreigner.  They try to keep it safe here so that the reputation stays...

Livingstone: Advanced Zambia

Livingstone: Advanced Zambia

Livingstone: Advanced Zambia. March 8 Today was a maintenance day.  I spent too much of it working on geek things, but I need to do those things too.  When I left the hotel, it was for supplies to keep me alive in my hotel cave. It is National Women’s Day and a business holiday.  There were many women out in the town today wearing similar dresses.  The colors everywhere were great. I have realized how developed and Advanced Zambia is...

Kazungala: A Town Tied to Four Countries

Kazungala: A Town Tied to Four Countries

Kazungala: A Town Tied to Four Countries March 7. My wonderful mother turns 70 today. I have a phone call to make tonight! So, there is a big difference between beer that is 5% alcohol and beer that is 4.2% alcohol.  I had no idea that a small 0.8% could make such a big difference, but the difference is between getting smashed and being hungover or having fun and waking up feeling good. I have been consuming crazy amounts of...

Livingstone: Sweet Beautiful

Livingstone: Sweet Beautiful

Livingstone: Sweet Beautiful. March 6 Life.  Mine.  The zoo.  The chaos. I really meant to take a day off today to work on about eight major things that need to be addressed.  It was my full intention. Nope. It was not meant to be. I met up with Emmanuel for lunch.  I have been in a backpacker hostel around white people so I have wanted white things.  It is amazing how that works.  I never crave a hamburger when I...

Hitchhiking Zambia: Kariba Dam to Livingstone

Hitchhiking Zambia: Kariba Dam to Livingstone

Hitchhiking Zambia: Kariba Dam to Livingstone. March 5 I decided that I wanted to escape from my 19 year old lady-friend so I packed my goods and checked out of my fantastic guesthouse.  Girls who spend all of their time on their telephone when you are hanging out drive me nuts.  It is probably her thoughtless and careless youth.  Oh well, life carries on. I wanted to hitchhike out of Siavonga.  Hitchhiking Zambia is a breeze.  A car came and...

Siavonga: Maize Beer Challenge

Siavonga: Maize Beer Challenge

Siavonga: Maize Beer Challenge. March 4 I am very powerful in this wonderful little town of Siavonga.  It is a wonderful place to me so far. My friend left at 09:00.  I showered and went to collect some breakfast.  The locals could not be friendlier and there are three very beautiful girls here eating out of the palm of my hand.  However, I have started something with one of them, so I will stay away from the other two to...

Siavonga: Gifts I Seemed to Need From a Lake Kariba Village

Siavonga: Gifts I Seemed to Need From a Lake Kariba Village

Siavonga: Gifts I Seemed to Need From a Lake Kariba Village. March 3 I had some backpack mechanics to deal with this morning.  The clip for the waist belt on the bottom of the 9.5 year old $14 North Face knock-off Chinese backpack broke on me.  Three nights ago, when it was dark on the bus through Tanzania, I took my jackknife and I cut fabric of a seatbelt that no one ever uses to take the clips.  It was...

Lusaka: The Lusaka National Museum

Lusaka: The Lusaka National Museum

Lusaka: The Lusaka National Museum. March 2 I got moving sometime in the early afternoon.  I wanted the sleep, but not at a cost of giving up a day.  I wanted some education and history on Zambia so I walked about 200 meters from my guesthouse to the Lusaka National Museum.  It turned out that the museum was actually fantastic.  Go and spend the 25 Zambian Kwacha ($2.50). If you are in Lusaka, go to the National Museum.  You will...

Mbeya to Lusaka: Bus Boy

Mbeya to Lusaka: Bus Boy

Mbeya to Lusaka: Bus Boy. March 1 I wanted to get on the move from Tanzania to Zambia, so I got going at about 08:00.  The hot water shower I was promised lasted for about 90 seconds.  Well, that will help save water from shower abuser like myself… 😡 I went downstairs in the hotel for the free breakfast of chapati (African pancake things) at the hotel and then packed my bags.  The guy who checked me into the hotel last...

Arusha to Mbeya: Leap Year Country Crossing

Arusha to Mbeya: Leap Year Country Crossing

Arusha to Mbeya: Leap Year Country Crossing. Feb 29 Up at 04:48, showered, checked out of my dungeon hotel room and rushed off to the bus station.  Found a ticket from Arusha to Mbeya for 56,000 ($25.50). Likely paid too much but it was too early to think. Found out the bus would not arrive and leave again until 07:00. Went back to the hotel. Checked back in at 05:38. Slept again until 06:38. Rushed off to the bus station....

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration. Feb 28 So I realize that it is a leap year and that means tomorrow is a fancy day. I feel like I need an explanation as to why some months have 30 days and some have 31. What is the reason that February normally only has 28 for ¾ of the time?  Who came up with this nonsensical number system…and now that I think about it, why 24 hours?  Why did they not base...

Nairobi Mardi Gras

Nairobi Mardi Gras

Nairobi Mardi Gras. Feb 27 I started the day by making a fake plane ticket that will fly from Lusaka, Zambia to Johannesburg, South Africa on March 10th.  Tanzania is in my way heading south and I cannot go around it because I cannot get into Congo.  So, the only way to get to Zambia is to pass through Tanzania. A regular visa is $50, which I bought last time, but a transit visa (good for 14 days) is only...

Nairobi Matatu Culture

Nairobi Matatu Culture

Nairobi Matatu Culture. Feb 26 It was 09:00 when I woke up.  Juliette woke up as well.  She told me that she had, “…so much fun last night.”  Awesome! Juliette asked me if I went to church.  I told her I am an atheist.  She asked me if I pray to God.  I told her that I do not believe in God.  The extremely confused look that she gave me was pretty incredible.  She just looked at me with really...

Nakuru: Juliette Meets Romeo

Nakuru: Juliette Meets Romeo

Nakuru: Juliette Meets Romeo. Feb 25 I accidentally hitchhiked from the Korando Education Center back into Kisumu.  I was just standing on the side of the road waiting for a bus when a man pulled up and gave me a ride into town. He left me at a Kisumu bus station at a mall where I waited for an hour for a bus to haul me to Nakuru. There are some major differences in Kenya to everywhere else I have...

Kisumu: Cheap Impact, the Korando Education Center and Orphanage

Kisumu: Cheap Impact, Korando Education Center and Orphanage

Kisumu: Cheap Impact, the Korando Education Center and Orphanage. Feb 24 When I woke up, I decided to head on down the road towards Nairobi. Before I left, I took a look at a website called www.cheapimpact.org.  When I was at Bery’s Place, he had mentioned them to me, so I wanted to see where they were on the road and if I would get a chance to stop in to see what they do.  I went on the website....

Kisumu: A Tow-Truckin’ Son-of-a-gun

Kisumu: A Tow-Truckin’ Son-of-a-gun

Kisumu: A Tow-Truckin’ Son-of-a-gun. Feb 23 Getting used to a new currency is terrible.  It takes a couple of days of use until you start feeling comfortable with the money you are handing out. “Wait?  Was that too much?  Ah, I don’t know…” Anne and I went for a walk around Kisumu this morning and we ended up in a supermarket that had a delicatessen.  They had salamis and cheeses behind the glass.  Anne and I were nearly frothing at...

Uganda to Kenya: Hitchhiking with a German and Sniffing Tobacco

Uganda to Kenya: Hitchhiking with a German and Sniffing Tobacco

Uganda to Kenya: Hitchhiking with a German and Sniffing Tobacco. Feb 22 I ate breakfast and went for a venture around Jinja.  The “Source of the Nile” is here, as this is where Lake Victoria channels into what is the River Nile that goes all of the way to the Mediterranean Sea. The longest river in the world starts here! I decided that I needed to go and have a look at something that is such a big deal. It...

Whitewater rafting the Nile River through Nalubale

Whitewater Rafting the Nile with Nalubale

Whitewater Rafting the Nile River.   Feb 21 – Kampala, Uganda. My telephone rang at 05:51.  It was my Ronald from Nalubale Rafting.  He was looking for the hotel in Kampala where I was staying.  Ronald arrived at the hotel at 06:10.  06:10!  They had told me last night that he would be there at 06:15.  Five minutes early?  In Africa?  Wow!  A professionalism seldom experienced on this continent…! Ronald helped me to get my backpack in the car and we drove...