Last morning in Pretoria - on to Germany

Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Monday, January 21, 2013

This is my last morning in Pretoria.....a mixture of being anxious to get home to Bev and a feeling of sadness for leaving.  This is the last morning hearing the awful sound of the Har Dee Dah birds that screech at 100 db outside my room.  Someone in the Creation department failed to put in proper noise abatement. Boy, those birds are loud. They are part of the Ibis family, I think.  I have a picture....I'll be putting pictures in this blog as well as editing all the horrible typos.  I'm using a tablet and don't have a laptop on this trip. The tablet with an external keyboard work quite well...take up less weight and space, but the editing capability is awkward.      

I took and hour and a quarter walk past the Russian, Pakastani and Kenyan consulates this mrning before breakfast.  Fortunately, in the dining room after I returned, the TV wasn't on and there was no Aljazeera to send me home on.  Today, I'd rather have no news than Aljazeera.  I can't believe how slanted it is, but I suppose things we say and do seem slanted to others.  I'm amazed at how widely it is watched here in South Africa.  The story I saw a few days ago about the music torture in Guantanamo still runs through my head.  One humorous note (at least for me) is that they interviewed one of the prisoners in Guantanamo who had had music torture applied to him.  He was forced to listen to heavy rock music for hours. But, he had been a student in London and had been exposed to Zeppelin, Mettalica and such and said he was "used" to it, so the "torture" element had less effect on him.  It's just the others who had no reference point to this music that were really tortured.  

I have finally adjusted to the time change completely.  I automatically right for traffic coming my way and am used to cars turning opposite the way in they do in the US.  And, the bathtub water swirls counter-clockwise. Now, I'll have to unlearn all that learn the US way all over again......

About Cathy Botha who has cystic fibrosis.  I want to thank those who sent me email both through email, Facebook or on my timeline for your helpful replies about possible help for Cathy.  I'll be getting to you very soon.  I am really looking to find a way for her to be looked at OUTSIDE South Africa where she has come to the end of her options.  The only other drastic option is a lung transplant.  I will be communicating with you see what can be done, what LifeNets can contribute etc.  If you want to write to me directly, my best email is   I already have a number of people I will be calling after I return to the United States. 

I need to get packing. The trip is coming to an end with clothes. I'm down to my last two Starbucks VIA' the end is near. 
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Martin, Ailsa, Heidi, & Heather Braun on

We've really enjoyed reading your travel blog; it was almost like we were there with you! We got to hear a sermon DVD from you on Sabbath, and appreciated it very much - it was the one titled: "He Will Finish His Work in You."

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