Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lesotho – The Unlikely Chain of Events | Part 1 – The Fog

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The Fog We were only about 60km away from the Mohale Dam where we were planning to setup camp for the night. However, the distance that would normally only take an hour to cover, was progressing painfully slowly due to … Continue reading

The Southernmost Point of Africa – Cape Agulhas

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We were going along a mostly deserted, but newly built road in the Eastern Cape towards the southernmost point of Africa – cape Agulhas. Though it was only 19:30, it was already pitch dark. We passed a small hill that … Continue reading

The Grapes of Wrath

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He was coming at us with the momentum and intent of a steam engine. His eyes looked in our direction, but he did not make eye contact. I elbowed Borya to distract him from our conversation and look ahead, but … Continue reading

Meet the 5th Member of the Team – Wilma the Landy

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“Why does the car keep stalling?,” Tolik asked. “Who the hell knows,” I responded hastily, frustrated with my inability to move the car from one side of the campsite to the other. “It’s going to be a long 22,000km,” I … Continue reading

So, Why Are You Doing This Again?

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A few months back, I’ve read a short book by Paulo Coehlo called The Alchemist. It’s a simple novel of a boy deciding to do on a quest to Egypt (ironically!) to find a treasure and ends up finding many … Continue reading

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