Originally Posted by kyshel
Finalizing reservations for Westcliff in Johannesburg and Mkuze Falls in Kwaa Zula Natal (AKA Zululand)
No other bidders today 6am PST. SNAP--it was ours!!
I had already rec'd info about the tented lodges not being available and they offered to upgrade us to all 4nts in the thatched chalets. I really wanted to do the tent split, but not this time. (MAYBE LL will have made a deal with Marataba Lodge in Lipopo for our NEXT safari???--OOOH a FLY-IN pkg would be outstanding!!)
I am heading to the house my father built. It's an old tobacco barn, converted to a home. It was started in the sixties and originally housed my grandmother's art studio, grandma and grandpa. All the interior doors were made by Dad--rough cedar panel with diagonal cross framing. Mom and Dad moved in after my grandparents passed away. All the land was lovingly landscaped and mowed for so many years--by Dad--riding over a couple of acres of not-so-flat-land. Bamboo that overgrew and invaded the patio
First leg of our long trip to South Africa. Cincinnati to Atlanta (night before)
TSA: Do you have something in your bag that looks like mineral makeup--in a cosmetic bag?
kyshel : uh, well, yes; I know exactly where it is so I can take it out for you.
TSA: don't touch the bag, ma'am!!
ksyhel: Ok--the pouch is on the bottom. It's my mother's ashes--I'm taking them to Africa.
TSA: [totally freaking out and jumping back] Ummm, umm, umm--please take them out yourself
Packing for a trip is usually easy. It just requires using a method to prevent madness. I list the basics (pretty much the same garments with seasonal adjustmentslong sleeved or short sleeved, light sweater, heavy sweatershort or pants. We all know how hard it is to pack for transitional weatherwhich jacket or coat, umbrella or poncho, boots or walking shoes? There are few irregularities, like no camo clothing in many African nations, take a sarong for temples in Asia, modest attire for the Middle
We recently took a vacation--the kind where you just buy the pkg, get flights and go. No-brainer thing; and all-inclusive dream.
Hacienda Tres Rios offers some very dreamy beds, slick accommodations (lots of marble/tile, oceanview balcony/jacuzzi, internet, room service...)
The pools are lovely and inviting until you realize to get to the restaurant or banos, you have to wind around other pools, over a bridge or two...)
Our stay was in the midst of the swine-flu "nondemic"
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