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  1. #1
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    Default My last (for now) African Adventure!

    Hi Everyone!

    I've posted on past OT days about my time in South Africa. I believe I actually posted about this time last year that I'd got the internship position, and before that asking for advice about Africa. So thanks everyone, and here's the end of the story! I left in style, on an overland truck by way of the Namibian Border! We went with acacia overlanding company and had an absolute blast - 32 days of camping over 6 countries! The tour was the perfect mix of nature, wildlife, and culture.

    My time with GVI volunteering & on work placement was amazing, and it goes without saying that I miss it like crazy but know that I have to move on, at least for now.

    My favourite overlanding pics (hard to narrow down!)

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...61431218_n.jpg a scenic lunch spot en route to Cape of Good Hope!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...58784618_n.jpg 12 Apostles from the road going to Camps Bay, Cape Town

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...10092491_n.jpg One of my favourite views in the world - Table Mountain with Lions Head to the right

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...07094518_n.jpg 1st wildlife sighting! Mountain Zebra

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...27461981_n.jpg Dune 45 in Namibia at Sunrise

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...93014351_n.jpg Lioncubs

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...10908740_n.jpg an Elephant for Christmas? Yes please!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...32114157_n.jpg herd of elephants, anyone?

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...52943891_n.jpg Vic Falls and a rainbow

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...23701206_n.jpg Malawi

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...16833229_n.jpg how we spent our last day in Africa....on a beach in Dar Es Salaam

    I left just over 2 weeks ago, and it feels like a lifetime ago. I absolutely fell in love with Africa, but it definitely had its moments & I came home with a new appreciation for Europe. We had never been so relieved in our lives as we were when we disembarked the plane at Terminal 5 in Heathrow. I walked out of Heathrow, got on a bus and then a train ALL ALONE even AFTER DARK (ok so it was like 4.30PM - gotta love British winters!) and felt completely, perfectly, amazingly safe. Ahhh. Relief.

    I go back to the States for a quick visit in February and cannot even begin to describe how excited I am to see my family. I haven't been "home home" since May. What comes next? I'm au pairing in France until July, after that i'm applying for jobs stateside to start in September so fingers crossed.
    "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
    "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey



  2. #2
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    Had to check out all your pics, gorgeous! I watch "Big Cat Diary" on Animal Planet every morning and end up late leaving for work if they show any lion cubs Jealous of you getting to travel there! But glad a CoTHer got to see & enjoy these places.



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    Lovely pictures!! Wonderful adventure. That is one place I really want to go. Maybe someday..........



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