Saturday, March 31, 2018

We convinced each other

It was supposed to be a year of mini local holidays and it kind of has been and will be, and with no big overseas holiday. Two nights at Cowes, Phillip Island. One night in Sydney to see La Boheme. Two nights in Launceston to see our Dyke Friend, and maybe a couple of days away in October.

Big holiday next year in Britain. That may be our final big holiday. R is getting older and does not have the stamina for a lot of activity. Truth be told, so am I.

Summer in Britain 2019 is a long way away. R mentioned a having a bigger but easy overseas holiday this year, when I have holidays in October. I mentioned Hawaii but there was no enthusiasm there. Hong Kong, R decided, a week in HK. While I would like to see HK, it is so hot and humid. I pointed this out to R and he went cold on the idea.

I blame Victor and Gattina. Victor visited South Africa and some other near countries last year. I should have never shown Victor's gorgeous South African photos to R. The last time we saw Victor, he told us more about his South African adventure. Since then, R has kept mentioning South Africa and seeing the animals. He wore me down.

Gattina in Belgium has used Expat Explore for tours of England and Ireland. Ah, they do a South African tour. After several days of procrastination, we booked, and once booked for the tour, we booked the flights. Melbourne, Singapore, Johannesburg, Cape Town, where we start our tour. We end up in Jo'burg to return home. We will see lots of big critters. The company telephoned to ensure that R is fit enough to participate in the tour. He thinks so. Big bus steps will be the least of his problems. So come October we are off to South Africa.


21 comments:

  1. Exciting to be planning a big holiday.

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    1. Sami, it is. Did you see the American tourist on last night's tv news with the wild cheetah in his car?

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  2. I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip...much to see...and much to learn about another country.

    Don't forget your camera!!!! :)

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    1. Lee, we have travelled a bit I suppose, which is supposed to broaden the mind. I would only slightly agree. Blogs have certainly broadened my mind more.

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  3. How wonderfully exciting! I travel vicariously through your pics, please take multitudes!

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    1. Jayne, I expect there will be lots of photos. Victor took some really terrific photos.

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  4. I cannot understand no enthusiasm for Hawaii. I would live there if I could. ;)

    South Africa is not a place I would ever wish to go, but I am excited for you both and will enjoy hearing all about it.

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    1. Snoskred, I know it is your favourite place, but it was only a suggestion by me as an easy holiday. I have no great desire to go either. But then I had to be geed up to go to SA.

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  5. South Africa? (imitation accent here) Wow!
    Take lots of photos please, I've always wanted to see more than what the magazines show us. I'll be looking forward to all the stories about the animals, the people, the hotels, the bus tour.

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    1. South Ifraca, isn't it River. No pressure on me then! :-)

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  6. That will be a fabulous and different kind of holiday in South Africa. I'm been watching Cape Town's count down to no water, but I haven't checked in weeks now. Maybe it's rained by now and their reservoirs are filling.

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    1. Strayer, yes, the water shortage disappeared from the news. With the mountain in the background, it is a spectacular looking city.

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  7. I'd also highly recommend South Africa. I visited five years ago. As well as the animals, there's so much interesting history, and everyone I met was super friendly.

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    1. James, that is heartening to hear about the friendly locals.

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  8. Wow! How fab Andrew. Not so much the Joburg part but everything else will be excellent. Will you be going on safari too?

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    1. Grace, yes, some kind of safari to see the big five. I've already forgotten the itinerary. Is J'burg really that bad?

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  9. WOW that sounds fabulous.

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    1. Jackie, the price was the convincing factor, but it all seems very professional.

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  10. I think you will be very satisfied with them !

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    1. Gattina, I like that they called on the phone to check that the tour was appropriate for us, and not problem with emailing them and getting a reply.

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