Nine months planning and another month travelling and then, it is all over. Every moment from the start of planning down to arriving home was special in its own way. We have to say thank you to all our friends, family and blog readers and sharers for their ideas, help with train and bus timetables and loaning of suitable clothing for this icy adventure. We had lots of fun and some not so good experiences but we enjoyed it all and, as promised, I am writing up and sharing all of these.

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After quite a time of little to do with regard to preparation for our trip, it is suddenly time to apply for our Schengen Visas. All our hotel bills have been paid and accommodation confirmed so we can fill in the forms and make our appointment to submit them. We are so pleased that Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) now have application offices for a number of countries in Durban. This saves a trip to Pretoria, 600kms away. Besides the costs of petrol and car wear and tear, going to Pretoria from Durban to submit an application takes about 5-6 hours so one has to include at least one night’s accommodation. So we are quite happy to save this bit of money.

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Today I am starting the 30-day blogging challenge and will do everything I can to meet this challenge. This means producing a new blog every day for 30 consecutive days which can be exciting but also scary so I am asking for lots of support. Many of you know that I actually have 3 websites for which I write different types of blogs and at different times. This first blog will tell you about my three sites and their purposes. It is the Travel site that I shall focus on for The Challenge.

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About Me

I was born into the early part of the Baby Boomer generation, the 3rd of what came to be a family of 6 daughters. Although both our parents, who are now deceased, had been raised in rural Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and the 2 eldest daughters were born in a country town, the other 4 of us were all born at home in Durban. Read More

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