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Oct 20th, 2010, 02:30 AM
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CC – I love that yours took 3 months. As for my trip report, I have not one but three excuses why I haven’t done mine. First I didn’t dare write anything until the memory of yours has faded. My writing will pale in comparison. Second, while in Africa I was notified that I would have a new job I needed to start immediately upon return. So, I had to hit the ground running without training. Last, I had lost a 4G SD card containing all the highlights of the trip, I was a over a month into my five stages of grieving when it was found. I guess I better write something before I start planning my next trip.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 02:59 PM
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long2travel - and that's why I had 4 memory cards that I rotated so if something happened to one of them, I wouldn't have to experience all five stages of grief! So glad you found the card! I too was quite intimidated by CC's report, but I gave it a whirl and got lots of nice feedback on my report. So jump in and help keep all our memories alive!
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Oct 21st, 2010, 02:20 AM
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Renoduck - good thinking about rotating cards, I never considered it. I was certainly in the denial stage for weeks. I've begun to sort through and upload some of my pictures so maybe this weekend I'll have time to write.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 04:07 PM
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Crosscheck: I leave for India in 2 weeks -- gotta have your final installmwent before I go!!

NEXT: KWAHERINI

Please! Pretty please!
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Oct 28th, 2010, 07:35 PM
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Mrs. C, I loved the photos you and your family took! And finally, a look at The Luggage. And you thought the eBags carry on was design challenged?
I'm leaving for my SA Earthwatch trip on Nov. 9th and hoping that I'll get to read the last installment before I go.
I decided to fly SAA which, I belatedly discovered, has a carry on weight limit of 18 lbs. And I have to bring a sleeping bag. Fortunately, it's summer in SA. Still this will be a challenge.
I do love my silly Tilley; it's the most comfortable hat I've ever worn. I'll readily admit that it's seen far more mule deer and pronghorns than wildebeest and Tommies. And more of the lawnmower and leaf rake, for that matter. Maybe I'll start a frivolous thread asking about preferred head gear.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 09:21 PM
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I'm flattered to see that I'm not the only one concerned about that darn final installment.

I do have some legitimate lame excuses related to an excess of business travel (all with carry-on), but I won't bore you with those. Now that I have returned, I will make sure that I meet the deadline imposed by skibumette's and ccipups's upcoming trips.
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Oct 29th, 2010, 03:57 AM
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Thanks!! Faced with the prospect of a LONG flight to Delhi in steerage, your accounts will help remind me why we all love to travel!
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Nov 1st, 2010, 03:57 PM
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KANGAS
Our final hours of our trip were spent repacking, trying to fit our few purchases into our limited space. Mr. C was smugly in a fabulous mood because of his balloon-avoidance and leopard sighting. We were given a day room at Mara Intrepids, where I visited the gift shop several times and bought some cool kangas – colorful sarongs with Swahili proverbs as graphics. I paid for the kangas with what I thought were our last dollars, not realizing that I could have used a credit card to buy everything else in the shop.

I happened to find some terrific kangas with the following proverbs:

- Wale ambao kupaa katika balloons ghali wala kuona chui (“Those who ascend in expensive balloons miss seeing leopards”)
- Kama kusafiri na kubeba tu-on, kamwe kununua zawadi nyingi (“If you travel with only carry-on, you will never purchase too many souvenirs”)
- Kamwe panda katika safari mpya mpaka kumaliza safari yako ripoti (“Never embark on a new journey until you finish your trip report”)

FLOOR ENVY
The mahogany floors in our Mara Intrepids tents were stunning (but presumably not eco-friendly). During our trip, we had arranged to have our floors refinished at home, and I began to second guess the color we had chosen. You know how when you’re in Europe everything seems superior, designwise. This was happening to me in Africa!

SAFARI ENVY
Curiously, the four of us were separated and had to fly on two different planes from the Mara back to Nairobi. I had been anticipating getting one last glimpse of the entire migration, the way I had when we first landed in the Mara. But because I wasn’t with my own uncommunicative family, I became distracted by our fascinating fellow passengers. First a British couple told me about their two weeks in the Seychelles – why hadn’t we done that? And they described their camel safari up north – what were we thinking?

I also met some of friendly Chileans who had been to the World Cup, then on safari for a month and had almost been killed by a hippo. About halfway through the flight (and a quarter of the way through the hippo story), I realized that I had forgotten to look out the window as we took off, and probably could have had an unobstructed view of at least half a million wildebeest – not as upsetting about the balloon, but my second missed opportunity that day.

DINNER AT A HOOKAH BAR
On our way to Jomo Kenyatta airport, our Gamewatchers driver took us to Al Pasha, a decent Middle Eastern eatery in the very bizarre Panari Sky center. Though located in a multi-leveled mall with video arcades and kiddie rides, the tented patio, which overlooked the highway, was straight out of Arabian Nights.

THE NAIROBI AIRPORT LOUNGE
For $25, you can get a “day pass” to this very comfortable, funky room with flea market sofas. (This was before the bed bug scare.)

THE GREAT HUMAN MIGRATION AT HEATHROW
Here our carry-on strategy came back to bite us in the butts, as it were. We had a 12-hour layover and planned to take a Sunday stroll in Hamstead Heath, followed by a meal of sushi, the boys’ favorite British dish.

Our idea was to leave our luggage in the AA lounge after the T-5 to T-3 transfer and head into town. I even (compulsively) posted on Flyertalk to see if this would work. Mr. C. asked the lounge personnel is this was okay, and they, in horror, say no. They would never notice if we broke the rules, of course. But it seemed as if there were half a million people migrating in the terminal – If we went into London, would it take three hours to get back in.

We decided to take a nap in the Lazy-Boy chairs in the AA lounge and then assess the situation. When we awoke three hours later, there was no decision to be made. We spent the whole day in Terminal 3, and ate at Yo!Sushi, not once, but twice. And, still in the wildlife photography mode, I captured an image of the great migration…as well as a dazzling leopard in the window of the Mulberry shop.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/crossch...57625292542462

NEXT: SHAMELESS PITCH FOR KENYA TOURISM
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Nov 1st, 2010, 04:27 PM
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oops - i need a remedial flickr course. try this link instead:

http://flickr.com/gp/crosscheck/93G7ZQ
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Nov 1st, 2010, 04:36 PM
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make that an in-patient advanced remedial course

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Nov 1st, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Thanks for finishing. I can't wait to read the shameless pitch.
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Nov 1st, 2010, 07:53 PM
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Thanks Crosscheck; the kanga proverbs were worth the wait! Your translating skills are first rate! Looking forward to the shameless pitch as well...
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:22 AM
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Fantastic, so where are you travelling next? Which forum will carry your trip report as I'll have to read it, even if it is about a country which is last on my list of desirable destinations. It will be worth it.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 08:32 AM
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We also had our farewell dinner at Pasha AKA the Hookah Lounge A convenient if not a bit uninspiring spot near the airport....Thanks again for sharing your adventure and wit. Looking forward to the shameless pitch and your next destination.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 09:05 AM
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I'm still wondering about the 2wks in the Seychelles, lovely as it sounds.

What a great report(again!) and look forward to the rest.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 04:11 PM
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Leely - It was the wrap-up to YOUR trip report that inspired my upcoming shameless pitch!

ski - Let me know if you need me in India to translate Tamil proverbs.

twaffle - In December, we are off to the Turks and Caicos (not sure if it's a Turk or Caico) with two other families, but I don't usually write trip reports about our winter beach trips. I am hoping that India will be our next big one, even if skibumette doesn't take me with her.

reno - As uninspiring as Pasha was, I was grateful that I didn't have to eat crocodile or ox balls before my flight.

moremiles - I think it would be difficult to spend an exorbitant sum on a Seychelle holiday when you could go on safari instead. Having said that, it does look like paradise on earth.

I'm off to vote, then will post the shameless pitch.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 05:24 PM
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Bonus chapters, I love it! We killed hours in the restaurant upstairs in the Nairobi airport. Once we found it, that is.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 07:17 PM
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I was going to suggest you could stowaway in my suitcase for India -- but then I remembered that Mr. C would never approve of association with checked luggage. Who knows where you might end up when my bag goes AWOL?

If you do get to India, maybe you could find a tiger to make up for the lost leopard? And I wonder how camel spit compares with the curative properties of giraffe saliva? There is no way I am going to kiss a nasty camel to find out!!
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 10:32 PM
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So you are envious of not almost getting killed by a hippo? Did the Japanese toilet fit in Mr. Carryon's carryon?

Long2Travel, you need to do a trip report on losing and then finding your memory card.
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Nov 3rd, 2010, 02:23 AM
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Atravelynn - it was the bizarrest state of denial. To this day I still have the pile of remaining SD cards by my computer, Every time I thought about it I would go back to digging through all the same pockets in my day pack that I had been through a thousand time. The whole time shocked that I would actually look through those same pockets again.

BTW, if the card had stayed lost I would have lost the sundowner, cheetah kill, cheetah babies, and the balloon ride along with some other good shots. And, unlike Crosscheck's ride, our balloon ride was terific. So glad it turned up or I might not have ever done my trip report.

Sorry to steal the thread CC.
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