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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As I mentioned in my first blog on travelling in South Africa, my home country, we have now travelled to and spent varying times in each of our current 9 provinces. It has been a wonderful experience discovering our country and we have learnt so much of its beauty and its people. All of us are so wont to generalise about nations, language groups, races and religious groups and yet, when you travel and meet people you discover that we are all the same and yet all very different even within the blocs mentioned above. What is most important is that we all deserve to be treated with respect. As Nelson Mandela said, “Treat your enemies with respect …” (just as you would your friends is what he meant). No wonder he was admired by so many.

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"Why another travel blog?" Because this one is different! This is especially for the folk who, like us, are now on the Senior Side of Fifty. We are still active in both mind and body; in fact, we are ready to discover more than ever so let's get going.

In the blogs and information on this site the aim is to share our experiences, particularly those of the past 20 years. Although we are both currently in our 60s I have travelled quite a bit since 2002 and my husband, Trevor, since 2006. The ideas, the planning and also the hitches we have encountered and how we overcame them, with a little bit of humour in trying times is what I plan to share. Whenever one travels there are things which do not go as planned no matter how much planning has been done. Thus my tagline: Expect the Unexpected.

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A daughter and sister

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. So first and foremost I am a daughter and sister who lived my first 13 years on the Bluff, Durban. It was a wonderful free childhood even though we were not financially wealthy. Our Dad built a super see-saw which also went in circles as well as a double swing set on which we could swing really high. We always had lots of local children in the garden as well. Those were the days when children could play in the side streets and doors were always left open. With my older sisters I did the first 8 years of schooling on the Bluff and, as our mother retained all our school reports, I see that I was good at academics but useless in any form of sport.

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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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