BONDING WITH TIMBO IN SOUTH AFRICA

One of the optional tours was an excursion where we could interact and ride with elephants.  None of us had ever done this, so we jumped on board right away.  We were all excited, and a little nervous.  We walked into the venue to see five large elephants all lined up in a row, with…

A SAFARI IN KRUGER PARK

Our wake up call was set for 4:30 am, which meant that someone would pound on our door until we responded.  But we were wide awake by the time they even arrived.  Today was the day that we got to go into Kruger Park to see the animals!  All of us were beside ourselves.  We…

16 HOURS TO SOUTH AFRICA

Almost a year ago to the day, Tony and I were finishing up our six-week sabbatical in Eastern Europe.  Towards the end of the trip, Tony told me, “I had so, so much fun on this trip!  But I think on our next one, I’d like to do something a little more adventurous and not…

COMPLETELY TOPLESS

I woke up early the next morning and rushed to the bathroom. I could hear and feel the gurgling in my belly. “This can’t be happening…” is all I could think to myself. But it was. I had the inevitable traveler’s diarrhea. I had eaten just a few pieces of lettuce the night before which…

THE SLEEPING LION

“What the *?!& did I do?” I rolled over and rubbed my eyes. I couldn’t figure out what was going on and the room was pitch black. All I could hear was Julie screaming at the top of her lungs as though the loch ness monster was attacking her. “What is going on?” I asked.…

DO YOU THINK WE’LL GET SAFARI HATS?

All I wanted was some fresh air. Away from the dry, circulating air of the airplane. We had just gotten off of two, back-to-back eight-hour flights and we were waiting in a van at the Nairobi airport. The air outside was no better than that of the airplane. The exhaust from the large airplanes and…