Finally, after months of planning…we are off!
How does Curti sleep so easily? He zonked right out on the 15 hour flight from DC to Jo-berg, and he’s been sawing logs all night long while I toss, wander the small room, and snack on cheese. I’m glad he can sleep, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve been awake since midnight and it’s now 4am. Hopefully by tomorrow night I’ll get myself on a sleeping schedule that matches the sunlight here in South Africa.
We took a redeye from Seattle to DC thinking we’d have a day in the capital, but it didn’t work out so well. We did go to the Natural History Museum but we were both so tired it was hard to really enjoy it. We ended up sleeping in our rental car on the side of the road for a couple hours. But we would have been better to just get a good nights sleep. Curti loved our rental car, being the frugal guy I am I had opted for the cheapest and we got a free upgrade.
The flight to Jo-berg was better. We watched “Leatherheads,” ate a decent dinner, and then both slept good. Again, Curtis zoked right out and it took me an hour or so to join him but then I slept a solid 9 hours, it was aweseome. Woke up with only two hours to go…and then it went fast.
Our rental car is tiny. For this one, I wish I would have paid for an upgrade. It would have made it a little easier for photography once we get to Kruger. It was strange to see Obama greet us first thing as we drove out of the airport…a large billboard with his smiling face on it. I guess they like him here…which is a good thing. It’ll be nice to have a president that people like…maybe the rest of the world will even start to like Americans again.
We arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm…lighting all over the place. I’d forgotten about these lightning storms and really enjoyed it. I hope that doesn’t mean the rains have arrived for good…I do want some nice weather in Kruger Park, especially during our wilderness trek. Curti fell asleep on the drive into Joberg, I kept trying to wake him up so he would be tired and sleep good during the night. I couldn’t wake him and he showed me. Even with my laptop light on and keys plucking he’s still dead asleep next to me. Maybe I can’t sleep cause I know first thing in the morning we are headed to Kruger. Maybe I’m like the little boy I always was on Christmas Eve…
I felt like I had to learn to drive all over again, and I think I can understand how Aubree felt when she first started driving. A little scared, ultra conscious of everything, and slightly dangerous to the people around. (Interruption, I hear a bird! Good deal, maybe it’s almost morning).
Last night we went to the grocery store, picked up some liquifruit, Tempo Bars, and biltong (Kudu, Ostrich, and beef). Curti said we should have gotten more Tempo bars, once each wasn’t enough. The chocolate tastes a little different here, I think it’s richer or something. At he grocery store I tried to smile and say hi to people but they didn’t seem interested. In fact, while waiting in the line the store manager ended up yelling from the front in a loud billowing voice that filled the store at the checkout lady helping me because she was talking to somebody instead of helping us, I felt bad for her. The manager was white and she was black and I’ve wondered how the racism issues have changed over the years. It seemed to be a factor there. It’ll be interesting to see more and talk to people.
I may try and buy a sim card with Internet access tomorrow so I can post some updates during our trip through Kruger. If not, I’ll write them and post everything next week with pictures. Tomorrow night I’ll be in Punda Maria, a part of the park I’ve never seen. Can’t wait!