South Africa

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    • Day 8

      With Eric and Susan

      June 3, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

      We met Friday night at the huge Pavilion Mall in Durban. We had a delicious meal getting caught up on what’s happened. We told stories about our being brought up in the Methodist church and the switch over to Northwest. And the old high school youth group trips, old friends and old times.

      We drove in 2 cars through the curvey roads up towards Pietermaritzburg And eventually the Union Bible Institute campus in Hilton.

      We are staying in a guest house.Friday night we slept under 2 blankets. No heat.

      Saturday morning, we left at 8 to go to outdoor market and then we walked thru the botanical gardens. We’re south of the Ecuador, so it’s winter here, the trees are turning. Susan stayed back to fight her cold.

      Then a tour of the town. We stopped at the old train station that has a history story of Gahdi. Then we ran several errands with Eric and also drove up to a resort near-by.

      I took a 3 hour nap and we joined Eric, Susan and adult daughter Stephanie, David and 2 grandchildren Brad and Ira for dinner. We celebrated Eric’s 66th
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    • Day 9

      Pietermaritzburg & Midlands Meander

      December 26, 2006 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Een zeer woelige nacht, waarschijnlijk nog stroompannes want er was omgeschakeld naar onze vertrouwde diesel. Deze ging wat trager maar omstreeks 5,30u kwamen we toch aan in Pietermaritzburg. Er was veel mist onderweg en het had hard geregend in Boughton het vorige station. Om 6u mochten we gaan ontbijten en dan wisten we pas welke uitstap we konden maken. De wandeluitstap was volgeboekt en de battlefields waren gecanceld dus werd het de Midlands Meander met Penny.
      Het Pietermaritzburg station is zeer oud, in 1893 werd Mahatma Ghandi hier uit de trein gezet omdat hij een kleurling was! Ervoor staat nog steeds een standbeeld van hem. Onze trein blijft hier heel de dag staan.
      De Midland Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is een mix van meer dan 160 gelegenheden om te eten, te drinken, te slapen, te shoppen en in het algemeen om plezier te maken. Gestart als een collectief van ambachtslieden die trachtten de bezoekers van de platgetreden paden naar hun studio's en gallerijen te lokken.
      Het belooft een warme dag te worden, eerst gaan we naar Howick falls we komen aan om 8,30u en moeten om 10u terug aan het busje zijn. Er zijn nog veel winkeltjes gesloten en de straatventers zijn nog aan het uitpakken dus besluiten we een hike te maken naar de voet van de waterval. Een 1,2 km wandeling helemaal naar beneden door wilde begroeiing en omring door het oorverdovend geshirp van cicaden.
      We hadden natuurlijk geen sneakers aan dus was het voorzichtig gaan over de vochtige grond, en warm werd het inderdaad tot 28°!
      De volgende stop was aan Piggly Wiggly een farm shop eigenlijk hadden we niets nodig maar een pakje chips gaat er altijd wel in.
      Een resem van shops werd ons gepresenteerd: kaas, potterie, kleding, lederwaren, schoenen, noem het en we kwamen het tegen.
      Om 5u moegeshopt terug aan de trein gelukkig is het een heel eind tot Durban.
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    • Day 27


      July 3, 2010 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C…

      It was a bit of a mixed bag really for Matts Birthday in Durban.
      Matt and Dave arrived the day before, so today was our first trip out, the three of us.
      The foremost plan was to go to Lion Park, near Pietermaritzburg.

      It was hardly the most glamourous place i have been to. It was advertised as a drive through a lion game reserve. In reality, it was more like a dozen lions dumped into a small enclosure you can drive next to and watch sleep.

      Dave and I decided to attempt to surprise Matt by taking him quad-biking, which he wanted to do. Our cover story, was we were visiting a 'waterfall' on the way back, the real location being a 'Thrills Park'

      When we arrived, we were to be sorely dissapointed... it was thrills park alright, for all the wrong reasons. The actual location, was in the middle of nowhere, in a poverty striken area.
      There were no completed buildings to this park, one half constructed shack. There was no security. All 'Thrills' were under construction.
      There was no way i was doing anything, leaving my camera in the car to be stolen. The others were to attempt Quad-biking, only to find the bikes so dangerous and unsafe, they decided against it. Fair enough too. When the 'thrill' is potential injury, mugging of death, its not so appealing.

      In the end, we ended up at Pavillion Mall, to play minigolf. The trip there was interesting enough. Not a white person to be seen, and unexplained crowds everywhere... there were buses so full people were hanging out of the door.
      It has been decided that Durban itself is a hole... the city feels unsafe, is drastically polluted, poorly designed, and most of the street names have been changed, making it extremely difficult to navagate. In addition.. traffic is a joke.. and as dangerous as iv ever seen.
      Minigolf, when we arrived was very fun, and we enjoyed dinner at an Italian resteraunt before the days end. Watermelon cocktails are awesome!!!

      Tomorrow is the big semi final between Holland and Uruguay, and im also looking at doing the following over the next few days; Aquarium, Bird Park, maybe Drakensburg, maybe another game park.
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    • Day 36


      December 28, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      This morning we had an appointment with Gavin, the director of Randles attorneys who offered to help us with notarizing the documents. He was really friendly and helpful and this part was done really quick and easy. He gave us instructions on how to get to the High Court and where to park etc and after telling him how grateful we were for helping us during the holidays we left his office again to go to the High Court for the very last step of the process. Unfortunately here we were a bit less lucky since the lady at High Court refused to do her job and convinced us that this was the attorneys job. So we contacted Gavin again who said he wasn't allowed to give the Apostille stamp, that was really something High Court had to do. Eventually we left High Court and went back to Gavin where he still tried and thought of how he could be of any further help but eventually we just came to the conclusion that the lady at High Court didn't feel like doing her job and sent us away while she was supposed to help us. We ended up leaving the documents with Gavin and he will send someone from his office in the morning of the 2nd of January to basically get the staff at High Court to do their job. Unfortunately this means we can't get the application done while we're still together but we really trust Gavin and are convinced that he will get this last step done for us meaning we can do the application hopefully on the 2nd or 3rd of January 🤞Read more

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