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The Fish River that snakes through the canyon.

Fish River Canyon, a Club, a Bus

April 22 I was up at 05:30 to get to the Fish River Canyon viewpoint before sunrise.  On the drive, a herd of zebras ran across the small roadway in front of me.  Africa is special… The Fish River Canyon is the second biggest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  I now have seen them both and Fish River is equally beautiful.  The colors are magnificent.  And the depth of the canyon, cut by the river…incredible. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Arusha to Mwanza - A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious

Arusha to Mwanza – A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious

Arusha to Mwanza – A Sore Ass and Overlooking the Obvious. Jan 17 Swahili loves to double up on the words language-wise.  Here are some examples.  Almost every word I know in the language is doubled. picki-picki – Motorcycle (because it makes the sound ‘picki-picki-picki-picki’) pole-pole – Slow peeli-peeli – Spicy boda-boda – Road haraka-haraka – Hurry I was up at 04:30 so that I could shower and check in for my Arusha to Mwanza bus.  I had bought a bus...

Dar Es Salaam to Moshi: The Long Ride North

Dar Es Salaam to Moshi: The Long Ride North

Dar Es Salaam to Moshi: The Long Ride North. Dec 29 It can really screw you up when your phone loses track of time because it is so dead, and you allow it to set itself according to the mobile network you are using.  Then when you set your alarm for 05:20 to get to the buses early and everyone else is getting up at the same time it is really confusing.  Then you find a clock on the wall...

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It's Good to Stay at the....

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It’s Good to Stay at the….

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It’s Good to Stay at the…. Dec 28 “Young man, are you listening to me?” I am lacking sleep because I think my Facebook and email accounts were hacked into through the internet at Sofia’s place.  That really happens?  Really?  Marc had been suspicious of it happening to him through her internet and last night things got fishy on me.  So, I was up until 02:00 changing passwords to accounts and the hassle of...

Palomino

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to Palomino – Sandy Spots

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to Palomino – Sandy Spots Aug 5 Waking up in a hammock for two mornings in a row will give you sore shoulders.  It sure saves money to sleep that way though.  And saving money is necessary right now…  I ended up in this park with about $15 to my name because we were in such a hurry to catch our boat a couple of days ago that my hung over mind lost the ATM thoughts...

Cartagena to Barranquilla: Murderers vs Killers

Cartagena to Barranquilla: Murderers vs Killers

Cartagena to Barranquilla: Murderers vs Killers. July 31. Sometimes one meets really sketchy dudes when drinking in front of a pharmacy at 3am.  Tonight was no exception… Marc and I caught a bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla.  I was fascinated to see what was in Barranquilla.  Shakira is from here so I assumed there was a lot of talent in town.  Marc and I were the only two gringos on the bus to get here.  I liked that and knew...

San Agustín to Popayán – The Best of Tricky Scenarios

San Agustín to Popayán – The Best of Tricky Scenarios

San Agustín to Popayán: The Best of Tricky Scenarios. July 27. I woke up this morning and had a decision to make.  I could either stay another night in the hostel of the cocaine maker and see how that went, or I could go back to Popayán where three girls are not very happy with me.  I decided on the later.  I felt like there was less chance of being murdered there, and more chance of charm getting me out...

Popayán to San Agustín – The Worst Road in Colombia, So Far

Popayán to San Agustín – The Worst Road in Colombia, So Far

Popayán to San Agustín – The Worst Road in Colombia, So Far. July 25. Colombia is the type of country where a man in the center of a town square has a scale at his feet, and he will charge you C$1000 to find out your weight.  Opportunistic.  Colombia also calls people who want to sell you crap, ‘Snake Charmers.’  I like that.  Colombia also has traffic rules but is also a ‘make your own rules’ kind of country.  Many...

Bogota to Medellin

Bogota to Medellin – Lesbians with No English Trump English Speaking Gringos

July 21.  Bogota to Medellin. Beer is the same price as water in Colombia.  Surely that and the hot weather is one contributing factor to why it is a third world country.  It is always warm enough so that if you do not work to make enough money to cover your rent, you will not freeze to death.  With no pressing need to make sure you survive the winter, you might as well drink beer instead. I decided to pull...

Galapagos to Quito: Cold Weather is Toxic to My Skin

Galapagos to Quito: Cold Weather is Toxic to My Skin

Galapagos to Quito: Cold Weather is Toxic to My Skin. June 26. On the bus ride to the airport for my Galapagos to Quito flight, there were no seats left.  The bus was actually leaving about 15 minutes early because it was already full and the only place to sit was on the bus step next to the chubby mid-50’s Ecuadorian bus-ticket lady who was the wife of the driver.  As the bus pulled away to get to the airport...

Lima, Trujillo, to Huanchaco: Oceanside...You Have Been Missed

Lima, Trujillo, to Huanchaco: Oceanside…You Have Been Missed

Lima to Huanchaco: Oceanside…You Have Been Missed. June 3. Take a bus north of Lima to Huanchaco some time in your life.  It will blow your mind.  Lima is in the middle of a desert.  In fact, the whole of the west coast of South America that I have seen so far seems to be a desert.  But, the road that will take you into northern Peru out of Lima to Huanchaco is something else.  The highway is build on the...

Cusco to Lima: Mass Tourism Cusco

Cusco to Lima: Mass Tourism Cusco

Cusco to Lima: Mass Tourism Cusco. June 1. My friend caught a plane towards Iquitos this morning.  I had a blast with her.  We had a little goodbye romance and she headed for her plane.  It was strange for me as I was being left.  I am always the leaver. My friend Aafje, who ditched me on my birthday, was in town.  She was sick and wanted me to visit her so I went to meet before I left mass...

Discover Machu Picchu

Discover Machu Picchu

Discover Machu Picchu. May 30. My friend’s alarm went off at 3:30am.  Yuck.  She went to the shower and I stayed in bed.  When she got out she crawled back into bed which lead to a precarious position whereby we used energy that really should have been saved for the climb.  Life is not easy. By the time breakfast was consumed it was too late to hike up the mountain, so we spent $10 U.S. to ride the bus up...

La Paz: Israeli Manners

La Paz: Israeli Manners

La Paz: Israeli Manners. May 23.   Two Israeli girls were sitting behind me on the bus.  One of them kept on putting her feet up on the back of the seat so that they overhung where I was sitting to show her Israeli manners.  It was driving me nuts, but I was tolerant.  It was muddy outside and when a chunk of mud fell on my seat, I slapped her on the foot and told her to keep her...

Potosi to Cochabamba: A Connection and a Near Miss

Potosi to Cochabamba: A Connection and a Near Miss

Potosi to Cochabamba: A Connection and a Near Miss. May 5. Last night after we got back to the hostel in Potosi, I had a visitor who asked to remain anonymous because of this blog.  But it was really nice to have her over and spend some time with her.  She actually did not even want to be mentioned and told me to write about everything except her, but I can not change what I have been doing for 9...

Mendoza: Do the Do

Mendoza: Do the Do

Mendoza: Do the Do. April 15. I woke up in a seat on the bus when we were two hours outside of Mendoza.  The land here looks a little like the outback of Australia except the earth is not red.  This is sort of miles and miles in all directions of vast nothingness and only bushes and shrubs for vegetation.  There is an odd shack here and there, but there is nothing for people to live on here, so there...

Punta del Diablo to Montevideo: Caballo Loco Hostel

Punta del Diablo to Montevideo: Caballo Loco Hostel

Punta del Diablo to Montevideo: Caballo Loco Hostel. April 4.  I woke up in our hostel in Punta del Diablo and had my first shower in four days.  That was pretty awesome.  I did not feel dirty, but I probably was. There was only brown water at Cobo Polinio so it was not much of an option there.  When we arrived here yesterday, I was already dirty, so I just dealt with it.  I stole a towel from the hostel....

Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo: Unwanted Hitchhikers

Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo: Unwanted Hitchhikers

Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo: Unwanted Hitchhikers . April 3.  Irmante and I got up early enough to catch an early truck to the highway so that we could try to hitch-hike from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo. About 8 or 10 cars came along but no one would pick up an Eastern European blonde, and a guy in a cowboy hat. Some other hitchhiker came along and was standing in front of us.  That was not going to...

Asunción to Montevideo

Bus from Asunción to Montevideo – The Seven P’s of Life.

Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. – (A proverb I got from an older black man in New York in 2004.) – I have done no research on this trip to Uruguay, and realised on the bus itself that we booked that we will be doing a lot of unnecessary backtracking because I did not take 40 minutes to look at the future of our plans and just booked a ticket from Asunción to Montevideo…  I am pissed off...

Encarnación to Villarrica: The Hell Bus and Being Hookers

Encarnación to Villarrica: The Hell Bus and Being Hookers

Encarnación to Villarrica: The Hell Bus and Being Hookers. March 25. We were up at 7:30am to catch a bus to Villarrica.  It was a seven hour ride on the oldest roughest bus in all of Paraguay.  We were off the asphalt for most of the journey, driving down a red dirt road of washouts, dust, semi trucks hauling cattle liners, ruts, buses and people standing on the side of the road everywhere to flag down the bus.  It was...

An Encarnación Celebration

An Encarnación Celebration

An Encarnación Celebration. March 24. Encarnación is a town that sells cups and bottles made out of a cows hoof.  Really.  I have never seen something like this before.  The cup base it the hoof of the cow, and the drinking apparatus on the top is made out of a hollowed out horn.  They are gorgeous and stylish for drinking terere.  The woman who made them, with two thumbs on her one right hand, had also artistically crafted champagne or a...