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    • Day 9

      2 Churches, Old Friends, and Picnic

      June 4, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      We attended the English speaking church in town as the choir from UBI was singing 3 songs. Susan was the choir director. They did a great job.

      While visiting afterwards, I ran into Dan Genheimer. He was a classmate of mine from Moody.

      The story goes, Dan’s mother and Ramona Schroeder were classmates at Wheaton and when Dan started attending Moody, he would frequently go and visit the Schroeder’s at Foster Ave Baptist Church and that’s where I attended while going to MBI.

      Another story is that we ran into him like during Gary’s 3rd year at Moody when Dan brought their son to attend John Brown University.

      Small World … Big Family

      Then we drove over to the Binion’s Sulu church. I didn’t understand a thing except when they interjected a few English words here and there.

      We drove to a park and joined Stephanie and David and kids for a pizza picnic. There was a miniature train we all rode.

      We finished the evening with a FaceTime call to dad and then to Mark Hopper (our old youth director) from way back in the 70’s.

      Eric and Susan had a Skype call with their kids. Then we taught them the game “Left, Center, Right”, a game we played on the cruise ship during Sea Days.

      While playing the game, we shared some hard times, good times and funny times while being a missionary. We enjoyed sharing.
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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 11

      Last day in South Africa

      June 6, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 55 °F

      I must have been tired as I slept in til 8:45. Glenn was up and about.

      We drove to the shopping center about 3km away for breakfast. We ate at a restaurant much like Panera bread. I had waffles and Glenn had scrambled eggs. Then we went to Spur, the local grocery store, as I wanted to see if they had any more TimmTamm cookies that we liked in Australia. Nope. But I got some other cookies.

      We made it back to UBI just in time for Glenn to grill the chicken for the cookout.

      The past 2 days Eric and Susan participated in a strategic planning meetings with the leadership and board members of Union Bible Institute. And so at the end, they had a cook out. Everyone (20) came over to the guest house where we were staying and we enjoyed the late lunch in the dinning room.

      I met Ben Barthelemy who graduated from Moody in 2008 along with Thomas. I also found out that he’s related to Tammy’s husband. Small world…Big Family.

      I had my 3:00pm zoom call with the Azmera group that meets weekly at 8:00amTyler time. It was a very good zoom call about gratitude.

      Glenn and I played Phase10, then we played with Susan as Eric read my Coast to Coast bicycle book.

      We had to cancel our monthly zoom call with the Guatemala field because of roaming blackout.

      Early morning pick up for our ride to Durban airport.
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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 4

      Day 4 - Rest day in Hilton

      October 21, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Everyone did their own thing. Some went out for a 50km early cycle. A few technical issues with some bikes meant a quick trip into Pietermaritzburg to sort them out with the local bike shop. The rest of us went through to Durban to collect the racing numbers and sort out the Blue Waters hotel for the final day shower arrangements.Read more

    • Day 3

      Day 3 - Hilton stop over

      October 20, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Everyone was happy to arrive at the 4 Star Protea Hilton Hotel a little earlier than expected.

      Hilton is a small town (now incorporated into the town of Howick to the North West) that lies on the brow of the escarpment above Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In 1872 the Reverend WO Newnham opened Hilton College on a large estate a few kilometres north of the town, which is now one of South Africa's leading private schools.Read more

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