Enroute to Africa

Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

I have currently made it as far as Joburg on my trip. I must say that the flights are long uneventful. But once we were enroute to Africa the scenery came alive out my window. We departed Amsterdam and flew directly over the Alps, and they made me speechless. We continued to fly over the Mediterranean Sea and onward to Tunisia. You can not mistake the Sahara once you are overtop. There is sand as far as the eye can see, and the most beautiful shades for red. We continued over Chad, the Congo and towards the Mountains in Uganda. The weather was so clear I felt as thought I could touch Lake Victoria. The weather became cloudy around Lusaka and I was unable to continue following the rest of the flight to Joburg.

Upon arrival I was tired (24th hour) and egger to get settled and rested for tomorrow's travels to Kang. I decided to crash at the Holiday Inn across the road because I was uncomfortable traveling though Jorburg alone at night. But unfortunately they were full. So, off I go in a cab to another hotel that SGL recommended. Now, I recommend a few things here( Oh ya, get a bloody reservation). First, if you can ask what the cab far should be from someone that knows, i.e. not the cab drives that is trying to rip you off. 2) Make sure you establish a price before you get into the cab 3) Tipping is not required. So, off I go with the price established to my hotel. Now I am wondering what it is about my face that screams vulnerable or stupid, because I was surly a target. So, I made sure he got my bags into the hotel before I paid, then it got interesting. Nothing like doubling the already established price and pulling the anger card on your customer. He actually refused the original price. So, what can you do, I told him to take the original 60 rand or I will give you nothing. I was suprised to see that this actually worked. But if he could have, he would have taken me for all I am worth.

See you in Kang
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