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Thursday 24 May 2012
this time for Africa....
It was two years ago this week that we came back from our trip to southern Africa: 21 days or so spent travelling in the back of a truck across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia; camping and in the company of around 20 strangers.
Best. Trip. Ever.
2010 was a great year for us and we were lucky to spend a hefty amount of time travelling our way around interesting places like Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Cambodia and Vietnam. We saw a lot of really amazing things and had a blast... but I think the most fun we had was in the back of an old truck called "Denver" on that trip to Africa.
We had rules. The most important of which, of course, was that WE ARE THE PARTY!
We definitely were.
It was a brilliant journey and it's given me a passion for Africa that our trip to Kenya and Tanzania last year has only intensified. I'd been to Morocco before, but this was my first trip into Africa-proper and I was spellbound from start to finish. It's an amazing place and I can't wait to go back.
We saw leopard, lions, elephant, hyena, lots of pronking springbok, zebra, rhino, giraffes and a whole heap of other beautiful African wildlife - I stroked a lion for heaven's sake - I saw incredible landscapes and I even jumped out of a plane...but it was definitely the people that made the trip so special.
I've spent a bit of time this week remembering some of the great friends we made in Africa. Gums in New York; Grooves in Vienna; Dark Horse in Bern; Spike in Switzerland or teaching somewhere in the USA; Silverfox and Tigger in Calgary (and their new arrival!); Screamer and Bullitt in Montreal; Baby Max in Quebec; Waffles in Belgium; Timon and Dangerous Dani and Meters and Bones and Sparks in Germany; Swampy and Snappy in Toronto; Sarge and HRH in Washington; DJ Tash in Melbourne and Chuck Norris and Elbie somewhere in Africa.