FACT: Africa Rules!!!

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hello Friends!
    We began our journey to the Iguazu Waterfalls from Mendoza with a brief stop in Tucuman. We arrived in Tucuman after a 15 hour bus ride and after a quick tour of the town we realized it wasn't for us and  booked the 20 hours to the falls for the very next day. And it was a great move the town and the falls were amazing! The falls run from Brazil to Argentina. We spent two days exploring the Argentina side. The park had a series of trails and catwalks that got you as close as possible to all points of the falls. From the top of the Devils Throat where the river drops off to from a huge horse shoe shaped fall, to the very bottom, where we were so close that we were practically swimming in the mist of the fall. 
     Then we headed the 20 hours down to Rosario, which boasts beautiful sand beaches along the river. As luck may have it we arrived at this resort town on a three day weekend. And after checking every hotel in the city with 50 lb backpacks in tow we realized that everything was booked. Except one hotel had a single room still available and there was a good reason for this. Never stay somewhere that has a strong possibility of being your last night. lol So back on the bus, completely delirious, headed to Buenos Aires.
    After a few days in BA we were very excited to get on the plane and start our African adventure! Teddy celebrated his 27th Birthday on the plane ride over with hot towels and mixed nuts. lol Cape town was not what we expected Africa to be like. I had imagined landing on a dirt runway and being hauled off to a small village on the back of a Elephant. To our surprise it appeared we had landed in San Diego. lol This city is beautiful with white sand beaches and stunning mountain views in every direction. And we can drink the water directly from the tap!! We wasted no time in renting a flat with sea view! (granted, view is only possible while standing on a chair, but still a sea view) lol Cape town is a big city and everyone tried to convince us that we needed a car, but these maniacs drive on the wrong side of the road. lol So we figured bikes were a safer bet, which we purchased from the local pawn shop.      
       Of course the first thing we did was to visit the local aquarium. lol We watched two scuba divers dive into the shark tank and feed the stingrays and sea turtles, now thats a stressful day at work. As we were leaving the aquarium we heard someone shout Teddy's name. This world is too small, the voice turned out to be his fraternity brother Chris Boyd from college, who after being deported, returned to South Africa. lol  It is very good to see a familiar face.
     There are two huge mountains in Cape Town, Lions Head and Table Mountain. Our first challenge was Lions Head, it was a long hard journey to the top but the view was well worth it! On the way back down walking on a one foot wide trail with waist high grass and bushes on both sides, we saw a large bronze snake cross the trial 15 ft in front of us.  This is more than my worst fear.  We still had an hour to hike and we were in snake country.  Luckily there was a stick by us so Teddy lead the way determined to scare anymore snakes away.  His plan worked, but only for protecting himself. lol  We were almost off the trail and apparently Teddy walked past a snake and spooked it.  He passed it fine but the snake decided to cross the trail right at my feet.  Hearing the commotion Teddy turned around just in time to see me leaping over an even larger bronze snake with a look of pure terror on my face.  I hit the ground running and didn't stop until we were on concrete.  

   Its summer here and we have spent the rest of our time on the beaches.  The water looks inviting but when you go in you learn its in the upper 50's and its already hard enough fending off sharks and man eating jelly fish without adding hypothermia to the list.  But the beaches are amazing so we are content laying around and playing paddle ball.  

Won't see you soon,
Teddy and Brooklyn
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linsaz on

i know you kids dont need to know any swahilli but i still felt the urge to say hello in it.. mambo! ;) how amazing is africa! gez louise, i love that continent.. where else are you guys going? if you do head up the east coast to tanzania and kenya let me know.. i have the hooks ups! ha.. no serioulsy i can get you a 3 night, 4 day safarai outside arusha , tz on the border of kenya, for like 200 bucks.. or if you cant do that please oh please, have some chapati for me.. its the best food in the universe.. xoxo love you both, even though i never met you teddy ;) see you kids sooooooon in thailand , hopfully! you can sleep on top of my brook, so you wont have to pay for accomadations! that can be my christmas present to you ! HA

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