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Less than 75 days to go!

Trip planning almost done...

sunny 21 °C

My friends,

Hope life has been treating you well. It has been quite a while since I posted but thank you for your patience. Planning for South Africa is materializing quite well at the moment. Accommodation has been taken care of and all that remains is planning for transport and the in-betweens. I've stuck to our original plan of seeing all the places I've mentioned in my earlier posts and also added a few other pit stops in order to make the trip more exciting.
As soon as we get to South Africa, we will be staying with a friend in Johannesburg that night. Simba is very kind to open his doors to us and offer to show us around, this will be a great way to see Jo-burg through the eyes of a local. Also, we plan to cage dive with Great White Sharks in the town of Gaansbai and I plan to do a bungee jump off Bloukran's bridge while I'm there. Bloukran's bridge is the highest single span arch bridge in the world with a central span of 272 meters... it should be the experience of a lifetime.

Cage diving with Great White Sharks:

Bungee Jumping off Bloukran's Bridge:

Final arrangements still need to be made (mostly local transportation and finalizing the Kruger National Park trip). Things are moving along at a slow pace mostly because work has picked up rapidly off late and I'm having to work longer hours on most days. I've also joined quite a few organizations in my city and meetings with these keep me busy - that's a good thing because it makes the weeks fly by.
So far, Sesh and I are the only two people confirmed for the trip but I'm hoping my brother (Sanjeev) can take time off and join us too. He is a huge football fan and it will be fun to have him along.
So while a lot of crazy stuff is happening around the world today with healthcare in the US and the economic crisis in Greece, the main thing on my mind is that we've got 75 days to go and the Champions League which is right around the corner. There is much to look forward to, I'm really hoping the Blaugrana take the title again, they're playing exceedingly well off late with Messi and Zlatan tearing up the front-end. Oh, and what do you all think about Chelsea's victory against Aston Villa in the last game? 7-1!! Pretty insane huh? Lampard and Malouda gave Villa a couple weeks worth of nightmares.

Anyway, with that I must leave you all now. I will write as and when we have more updates with the South Africa trip. Once the trip is out of the way in June, I will start planning for the world trip next year. I'm quite looking forward to it and find myself thinking about it a lot more with each passing day. I also managed to read about 60% of Rolf Potts' "Vagabonding" and I must say that the book is quite impressive. It's a must read for anyone planning on traveling in the near future. It provides a host of links for you to refer to but more importantly, it dawns travel philosophy upon you in a way that only Rolf Potts can. Please check it out, it will do your perception on life and travel a whole lot of good.

Have a good weekend my friends, thanks for reading.
This is Sandeep, signing out...

Posted by 2011 08:54 Archived in USA

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