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Da Nang and Hanoi

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | Views [609] | Comments [1]

To Americans, Da Nang is most famous as the original landing place of the US Marines in 1965.   After that, China Beach became a massive US supply depot and R&R location. We docked in a nearby port city, then took a bus through a ... Read more >


VIETNAM | Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | Views [472] | Comments [1]

What a bustling city!   Packed with people, vehicles, and new construction everywhere, this is certainly an indicator of Vietnam’s ongoing economic surge in an otherwise blighted world economy. We were docked in Saigon for two ... Read more >

Borneo: Brunei and Kota Kinabalu

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM | Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | Views [467] | Comments [2]

The island of Borneo now mostly belongs to Malaysia, with the exception of the tiny country of Brunei Darussalam.   Brunei is quite oil-rich, I think we’ve been hearing “as rich as the Sultan of Brunei” since we were small ... Read more >

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | Views [608]

We left the ship as soon as we docked in Bangkok (note to selves:   visit Bangkok on a future visit, because we missed it entirely on this trip), and got on a plane to Siem Riep, Cambodia.   We were met as we got off the plane, and ... Read more >


SINGAPORE | Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | Views [459]

What an amazing city.   It sparkles with high-rises, each more spectacular than the last.   There’s lots of glass, steel, and stone, but they’ve also managed to maintain a lot green in town.   Trees and vine covered ... Read more >

Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | Views [496]

Langkawi is a cluster of islands belonging to Malaysia, off the northwest coast near the Thai border.   Instead of doing the standard bus tour, we did something with a little more outdoor flavor.   We got on a small motor boat ... Read more >

Quiz 9

SOUTH AFRICA | Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | Views [671] | Comments [17]

What's going on here?

The Indian Ocean: Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Phuket

SRI LANKA | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | Views [851] | Comments [2]

The Seychelles and the Maldives are two sets of islands in the western Indian Ocean, now dependent almost exclusively on tourism for income. We got to The Seychelles first as we left mainland Africa.   It’s a small cluster of volcanic ... Read more >

Madagascar, Zanzibar, and Dar Es Salaam

TANZANIA | Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | Views [452]

After Maputo, Mozambique, we steamed northeast for two days and landed at the extreme northern end of Madagascar, on the island of Nosy Be.   They don’t have a dock that can support a cruise ship, so this was one of several ports where ... Read more >

Cape Town to Mozambique

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | Views [533] | Comments [1]

We've been on board the Seven Seas Voyager, for a week now, and the activity has been pretty frantic.  We've made landfall each day so far, and we've stayed pretty busy, both on and off the ship. After leaving Cape Town on the evening of December ... Read more >

Durban and Cape Town, South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | Views [507]

Durban's a great city!   We drove in from Swaziland in just about four hours.   Nice scenery,   lots of cows and goats in the road until we hit the N2 which speeded things up for us. Durban is a very metropolitan ... Read more >

Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland; Hluhluwe/Infolozi Game Reserve

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | Views [534]

On the morning of December 13, he drove south out of Kruger National Park, and left South Africa to cross the border into Swaziland.   Swaziland is the last absolute monarchy in Africa.   It was a British protectorate during the colonial ... Read more >

Quiz 8

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | Views [649] | Comments [13]

Where did we see this sign?

Quiz 7

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | Views [522] | Comments [9]

Whose is this?

Quiz 6

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | Views [560] | Comments [17]

What's going on here?

Quiz 5

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | Views [530] | Comments [15]

Who is behind the glass and what are they doing?

Pretoriuskop Camp, Kruger National Park

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | Views [566]

On the morning of our departure from Satara Camp, we went on a walk through the bush with two park rangers.   We arose at 3:30, and met at 4:00 for a ride in an open safari vehicle to our start point. Something we have learned on the ... Read more >

Quiz 4

SOUTH AFRICA | Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | Views [548] | Comments [17]

What language is "wildebeest", and what is the literal translation?  Bonus:  What is the traditional joke among South Africans about the wildebeest's composite parts?  Without looking it up, what body parts does the wildebeest seem to ... Read more >

Satara Camp, Kruger National Park

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | Views [442]

This morning we headed out from Hazy View, Casa Do Sol, and winded our way backtracking quite a bit to try our hand at God’s Window one more time.   It is viewing area where you can see the entire escarpment and surrounding valley and ... Read more >

Casa do Sol, near Hazyview

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | Views [376]

This morning, we left our luxurious accommodations at Casa do Sol for more touring of the Panorama Route and the Hazyview highlands area.   First stop was the historic gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a gold strike boom town ... Read more >

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