back to civilization
Several of the ladies went on a game drive and/or a scat walk this morning (yep, it's what you think it is) while the rest of us stayed behind to luxuriate in some unscheduled time to ourselves. I was able to repack the bling duffel in an organized manner and then relax in the common area, checking emails and blogging. I had to catch up because yesterday the lodge' s WiFi was very erratic, waffling between slow to none.
Speaking of blogs, mine in particular, don't even bother telling me of spelling errors you encounter. 1) the spellcheck function on this blog site is bizarre and I sometimes miss the errors it makes out of the perfect prose I create. 2) after I publish I can't edit without throwing things out of date order, so I'm not changing anything after the fact. 3) who do you think you are? Write your own damn blog. There. That felt great.
The rest of the day was spent in transport mode. First we were driven 1 1/2 hours back to that tiny airport that looks like someone's house. From there we flew to Johannesburg where we were met by our guide for the next 24 hours. For the rest of the day however, we were on our own.
Our huge opulent hotel is located is located in the middle of a huge opulent mall in an expensive section of J'burg called Sandton - considered the most expensive neighborhood in S. Africa (or so Darrell, our guide says). After checking in (a surprisingly long, manual, endeavor) I went off to investigate the buying power of the US dollar. It was purely for research, honest. The result of the study is that I didn't buy anything. Instead, I went in search of my friends who were probably doing something more responsible with their money, like drinking. I found them (of course I did, we've spent weeks together now, I am beginning to know their habits.)
I won't even talk about dinner. I was dead tired and in no mood for the poor service we were given at the restaurant. The food was pretty good, but it took forever to get out of there. When we finally did, we all went straight to bed . Tomorrow we fly to Dubai where the temperature will be 105 and humid. We are starting the process of returning home.