Monthly Archives: August 2003

All the stars in London – London, United Kingdom

Have you ever taken a night flight and watched the stars? Honestly, there is nothing like it. My flight boarded at 7pm and I didn’t get into London until 5am so I had hours and hours of stargazing. There is something surreal about looking down at the stars rather than up as we usually do. I propped the airline pillows under my head and created a little tent with the blankets to block out any light from the plane. It was just me and the galaxy. read more

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hello heathrow – London, United Kingdom

just a quick one…made it safe to London…just trying to get my head together before venturing out of the airport. i am beat! and this keyboard sucks. the flight was great and i am glad to be back in the northern hemisphere for a while. i took a scan of a newspaper for the first time in ages…front page all about email virus bringing everything to a halt. i guess that means its time to take a time out and have some fun…how does it go? All work no play…

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Coco-nutter Races – Mahe, Seychelles Islands

Light powder granules bleached by the fierce sunbeams. Intermittent breezes push the cotton-ball clouds through the sky like a tumbleweed skimming across the desert. Except slower. Everything is slower here. The lukewarm sea water graduates from sapphire blue to ultramarine to lime green. It ends up the color of the tea I drank this morning with just a tad too much milk making it a deep beige where the hypnotic ocean scoops up the beach in a whirling billowy tumble of grainy surf. It creeps dangerously close to my toes but I don`t mind when it finally slurps up to my ankles leaving behind bubbly boots covering my feet. read more

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And yet another – Mahe, Seychelles Islands

I am lulled into a relaxed state of consciousness aided by the slow pace of small island atmosphere. I have been too serious lately and decided it`s time to revert back to the simple things for a while and remember how it is to do nothing.

My airy room is decorated in seafoam green and creamy lemon yellow with dramatic contrasting dark wood rafters lining the high ceiling. I could sleep practically any direction in my kingsize bed without losing a toe off the end. When I got bored of playing hopscotch on the cool floortiles and counting the flowers on the tree next to my porch I decided to take a ride. read more

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Sal Sells Seychelles by the Sea Shore – Mahe, Seychelles Islands

I decided to take a small detour on my way to London and stop in the Seychelles for a few days. The plane ride was a bit tedious but luckily I was able to block out the problem with movie I blasted in my ears which took up almost the whole plane ride. The whole plane (and it was a 747 but not all 400 seats were full) seemed to be all honeymooners and couples. read more

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To Europe to catch the wave (heat wave that is) – Nairobi, Kenya

I don`t have anything very interesting to say today. I am just sitting in this internet cafe trying to sort out what is next. I have gotten a bunch of emails from people saying that they are getting blank emails from me…this is very possible as things are a bit technologically behind here. Keep in mind that I am not in the habit of sending out junk mail so you will just have to know that it was the thought that counts. I really did spend about 4 hours writing emails to you guys. The phones are also very temperamental and only work when they feel like it. read more

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Safari Time – Masai Mara, Kenya

I spent some quality time with my friends fire twirling under the full moon and dining on sumptuous seafood. We speculated where in the world we would meet up again. I donned Indian garb (saari) and attended a Indian wedding with Nirali`s family where I learned that these things can take days! We sat for hours while the man conducting it kept throwing spices into a fire and singing and stuff. Also they had to hold up a huge sheet while they held hands under it for part of the ceremony. Apparently it is forbidden to show public affection but then why was it required that they hold hands? read more

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Angels – Nairobi, Kenya

I met lovely Nirali and Ritchie in Buccaneers when I spotted them fire twirling on the beach one night.It was after this brief meeting that they invited me to visit them in Nairobi when I arrived. As I gazed out of the window of the older model car taxing me to their home, I noticed that this city was very different from anywhere I have been so far. It was dark but things were noticeably poorer, dirtier and there was a more desperate feel in the air. read more

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Cookie Time – Nairobi, Kenya

I had the terrible grumpy unhelpful meanies all the way up until I boarded the plane in Joberg. I mean, problem after problem. It was ridiculous really and I was starting to wonder if I was on candid camera or something. Anyway, I felt tired, worn, hungry and spent as I plopped myself down on the stuffy plane thankful that at least there was no one sitting near me so I could stretch out and try and sleep it off. Nothing doin. I just wasn`t tired and who could sleep in this heat anyway. read more

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South Africa Summary – South Africa, South Africa

Animals and sea life (cheeky monkeys and sleek dolphins), school uniforms (black white or colored – they wear the same clothes), savannah and amarula (two of carmellas favorite local drinks), Howz it? Lekker man. (Standard greeting) Rooibos (Herbal tea found everywhere here), Biltong (dried meat like beef jerky), Townships (strong reminder of the not so far off past and all the work that still needs to be done) read more

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