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South East Asia 1999

  1. Vietnam - February 1999
  2. Thailand - April 1999
  3. Malaysia and Singapore - May 1999
  4. Indonesia - June 1999
Africa to home, the long way
- Africa
  1. South Africa
  2. Namibia and Botswana
  3. Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya
  4. Uganda
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Egypt
- Middle East and Balkans
  1. Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey
  2. Balkans
  3. Turkey
  4. Iran
- Asia
  1. Pakistan
  2. China
  3. Tibet
  4. Nepal
  5. India 1
  6. India 2
  7. India 3
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Myanmar
  11. Thailand
  12. Cambodia
  13. Laos
  14. China, Macao and Hong Kong
  15. Mongolia
- North America and Caribbean
  Caribbean, USA, Mexico and Canada
- Scandinavia and Eastern Europe
  1. Russia
  2. Sweden
  3. Baltics
  4. Poland and Czech Republic
South America 2002
  1. Brazil
  2. Argentina
  3. Chile and Easter Island
Central America and Mexico 2002
  1. Panama
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Honduras
  5. El Salvador
  6. Guatemala
  7. Belize
  8. Mexico
South America 2003-4
  1. Trinidad and Tobago
  2. Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana
  3. Venezuela
  4. Colombia
  5. Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands
  6. Peru
  7. Bolivia
  8. Argentina
  9. Uruguay and Paraguay
  10. Bolivia 2
  11. Peru 2
Specific Pacific
  1. California to Fiji+ French Polynesia & Cook Islands
  2. Samoa, Niue and American Samoa
  3. Tonga and New Zealand
  4. Australia 1
  5. Australia 2

South Africa


Since last e-mailing you all I've been doing the sights and the local beer and wine. Giving it all the best of my attention especially the latter.

On my first night here I got pretty bladdered, the local "castle" beer is very nice and I'm pleased to report that even after a dozen or more it continues to go down well. That was my first night - Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman getting pissed in Capetown. Needs a punchline.

Since then I've met some decent folk including Fern who's a Malay Chinese, kiwi who will be joining me on the truck as far as Harare. Monday Fern, Ken (Norwegian), Xexu (Basque) and I went down to the cape to see the point where the two oceans (Indian and Atlantic) collide. They actually form a whirlpool a few hundred metres from the cape of good hope, rather odd. Saw

some African penguins, zebra, ostriches, rock dassies, eland, seals, cool birds (the ornithological type) and semi precious gems. Yesterday, went to Stellenbosch the seat of Afrikaans the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town and a nice chilled university town. More importantly it is also the main wine producing area. We (the same group) went to the Blauwklippen vineyard for some tasting and I bought a few bottles. We then went on to the Spier vineyard which was in a more picturesque setting and we found that further down the estate there was beautiful landscaped grounds and even some hand reared cheetahs. Very cool, unfortunately we couldn't get in with them as they closed the enclosure five minutes previous. On our return to the hostel (The Backpack), table mountain
looked gorgeous with it's table cloth on, a sheet of cloud. It resembled a 1000 metres of decapitated mountain with dry ice slowly trickling over the sides, quite stunning. Today, Fern and I tried to get an audience with the Dalai Lama as he was speaking at the parliament of world religions here in Cape Town but were unsurprisingly unsuccessful. To make up for this we went to the aquarium on the waterfront where they had some great displays of some of the ugliest creatures on the planet. There were also the sharks and seals etc. but all of it done in a very refreshing way. Including one woman with a microscope showing the tiny sea organisms and talking about them. It really was interesting. Fondled some anemones and that was about that, later today I am planning on going up the mountain to see the sunset, it's supposed to be cool.



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