Thursday, September 12, 2013

Africa!

It's a long, long way from Auckland to Durban - especially when you go via Antarctica, which was a surprise. But there it was below us, miles and miles of ice. Shows why a globe is a better guide than a map.

We also managed, the six of us, to lose all of our luggage, thanks to the combined efforts of Air New Zealand, Qantas and South African Airways - stage by stage, they disappeared till, by Durban, there was nothing of ours on the carousel. But we have faith they will reappear.*

So instead of seeing our bags, the first thing I saw at Johannesburg airport was this sign, which was a perfect welcome for the purpose of this trip. Before rhinos though, there will be cheetahs...
*UPDATE: As indeed they did - most the same day, one three days later, one four days later, one six days later, and the last one never. It was picked up at Joburg airport on the way back to NZ, 12 days later. None of which was what we were led to expect from the many ensuing long phone calls...

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