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April 24, 2005

Diving Aliwal Shoal

Umkomaas, South Africa Tuesday - Saturday, April 19 - 23, 2005: Raggies and Swiss-eating Fish Among other things, Aliwal Shoal is famous for large schools of ragged-toothed sharks ( and sightings of massive potato cod/groupers ( During a total of...

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Umkomaas, South Africa Tuesday - Sunday, April 19 - 24, 2005: Umkomaas had very little in store for me. It was boring. Really boring. Excrutiatingly, painfully, disgustingly, dishearteningly, maddeningly and woefully boring. Were it not for the high quality of...

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April 18, 2005

South of Durban

Warner Beach , South Africa Sunday - Monday, April 17 - 18, 2005: I finally flew from Cape Town to Durban on Sunday the 17th. The flight with Kulula Airlines (this time minus the cows all over the airplane) was...

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April 16, 2005

Escape from the Cape

Cape Town, South Africa Friday, April 8, through Saturday, April 16 (More or less...), 2005: My last week or so in Cape Town wasn't quite the thrill that the sky diving experience provided. In fact, it was fairly low-key and...

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April 07, 2005

Skydiving for Bacon

Cape Town, South Africa Thursday, April 7, 2005: Introduction: The Birth of Stupid Ideas There are all kinds of things I once told myself I would never attempt in my lifetime, no matter what the case, end of story, period....

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April 04, 2005

Rage Against the Machine

Cape Town, South Africa Monday, April 4, 2005: I came back from shark diving to find that my replacement Citibank ATM card had finally arrived at my hotel, courtesy of prompt and expensive express mailing by my parents. As I...

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Bite Me

Gansbaai, South Africa Monday, April 4, 2005: Carcharodon carcaharias... The Great White Shark... An apex predator capable of giving me the mauling that other sharks have declined to give me thus far( Gansbaai, South Africa, is the great white shark...

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April 03, 2005

Africa Cold

Cape Town, South Africa Sunday, April 3, 2005: I spent the day --- a small portion of it anyway --- diving with a company I will, for the purposes of the blog, call "Scuba Duh." It was "Gavin" from Scuba...

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April 02, 2005

Scum-Dodging on Long Street

Cape Town, South Africa Saturday, April 2, 2005: I woke up at 4:30 AM because I was scheduled to be picked up at my hotel between 5:00 and 6:00 by a company specializing in a type of tour I will...

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March 30, 2005

Cable Cars, Lentil Soup and Bart Simpson

Cape Town, South Africa Wednesday, March 30, 2005: I snuck out of the hotel at 7:30 AM, relieved to successfully avoid running into rambling psychotic Robert in the dining room. I took a cab back to the lower cable car...

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March 29, 2005

Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa Tuesday, March 29, 2005: Since I hadn't had much to eat after a long night awake, I went to grab my breakfast in the dining room of the hotel at about 7:15 AM. Robert, the lodger...

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March 28, 2005

Cape Drear

Cape Town, South Africa Sunday - Monday, March 27 - 28, 2005: My first two full days in Africa fell on the Sunday and Monday of the long Easter holiday when many shops were closed and the streets of Cape...

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March 26, 2005

Lows of Travel ("Welcome to Africa")

Johannesburg (Airport) to Cape Town, South Africa Saturday, March 26, 2005: Shortly after sunrise I disembarked from my plane from Brazil and set foot on the African Continent for the first time --- on a runway in Johannesburg International Airport....

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High Entertainment

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Johannesburg, South Africa Friday - Saturday (morning), March 25 - 26, 2005: I woke up early and spent a gray rainy morning running some last minute errands in Copacabana with Mara graciously accompanying me as...

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