4th of July
like to wish you and your family a Happy 4th of July
with lots of beautiful fireworks.
took this picture last summer while on a Windsurf
cruise in the Mediterranean.
We were anchored in St. Tropez harbor on their
has Kristina been up to lately?
spent the entire month of May travelling around
Southern Africa. There were many highlights of course,
but one of my favorites has to be walking with the
meerkats in the morning. Shortly after sunrise, they
emerged from their burrows and immediately took up
position in front of the sunshine to warm their
tummies, huddled together. They simply ignored us and
went about their own morning activities as if we
weren't there. This troupe has been habituated by the
camp staff at Jack's Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans in
the Kalahari, Botswana. When they were warm, they set
out to find breakfast. They dig for such delicacies as
scorpions, their favorite food, snakes, frogs and
other creepy crawlers.
always a "sentry" on lookout for danger
such as eagles and jackals.
pictures can be found on my websites.
I can send you there. I'm just a phone call away.
else did Kristina do in Africa?
visited Namibia for the first time this May. Namibia
is a spectacular country of contrast with few
inhabitants. Namibia is home to the Skeleton Coast,
enormously beautiful sand dunes, the world's oldest
desert, the second largest canyon, dry salt pans and
many unusual animals including the desert elephant
only found here and in Mali. Namibia is a geologist's
dream. Distances are far between areas, so the best
way to see Namibia is by taking a flying safari.
is also home to several indigenous people, among
them is the Himba tribe of the north. I was lucky to
visit a Himba village. This woman is putting on a
cream mixed from ochre powder and butterfat to keep
her skin soft and beautifully red while also
keeping from burning her skin in the sun.
Himba keep to their traditional way of life as much
as possible, resisting any change to keep their
cultural heritage intact. This is not easy today.
They still live in houses plastered with cow dung.
They are a nomadic people, still dependent on their
cattle and goats.
saw a poster that grabbed me emotionally: A Himba
woman crying and the words say: "Through
Education we loose our Children."
in Travel for this 4th of July?
sure you already know about the airlines? Nothing fun
there. Airfares are up again, fuel-surcharges are up,
capacity is up, but less flights are scheduled, so
fewer seats are available; have you tried to
cash in those miles lately? They're charging extra for
everything too: $15.oo for your first bag, $25 for
your second bag etc. More information is found on my
blog as it changes every day. Some airlines are even
charging for water now, $2.00, so be aware that they
all follow each other. Soon you will pay extra for all
seats, not just those coveted front aisle seats.
Africa Safari Specialist
206-297-7179 or 877-297-7179