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Penny & Elephants

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This expression captures a lot of the thoughts and emotions of the entire trip.  It was taken on April 11, 2015. Surprise – Amazement – Warmth – Excitement – Embracement – Adventure –Power – Grace – Passion – Humbleness – Beauty – Big – Complicated While Penny knew we were going to Africa, the specific itinerary was kept from her.  She was a great sport about this, especially considering her tendency to over-pack.  This daily “where are we going” surprise factor was quite fun and well worth all the effort.  It became good entertainment while interacting with most of those

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Mission

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This series of pictures occurred on days 23 through 25 of our adventure.   During these days we loaded ourselves onto a small bus in Manzini, Swaziland and traveled approximately 45 minutes to a modest mission building near Kwalusini, Swaziland. Along the way, the topographical features of a region appeared very similar to northern Georgia and Alabama, along with southern and central Tennessee.  Swaziland does not have the moisture content of that part of the U.S., but it is far from being a desert climate. Open range is the law in Swaziland and cattle that appeared very healthy were being tended

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Ellerman House

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Ellerman House is the place to stay in Cape Town.   This boutique hotel is a newly refurbished 1906 home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.   The property houses 11 hotel rooms, 2 suites and 2 private villas. The villas     are       simply       incredible.     i.e, for the rock stars of the world. The buildings, gardens and wine cellar display over 1,000 art pieces. A few are tremendously inspiring such as this bronze of an actual vineyard plant. The wine cellar has a “terroir wall” showing the cross sections of the soil below 100 of

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81-Year-Old Grass Cutter

This series of pictures occurred on day 22 of our adventure.   We had spent the afternoon at a mission center near Mahlanya, Swaziland observing the daily feeding of some of the area youth (@ 100 children from age 4 to 14).   We also were part of a small group that walked about a mile from the mission center to deliver a bucket of groceries plus about 30 pounds of rice and beans to a grandmother looking after 5 young children. Both parents of the 5 children died from a “headache” according to the grandmother (our interpreter said it was HIV).  At the

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Volcanoes

Volcanoes in SA – “I’ feel the trembles”, I uttered as I left the airport.   That was how I felt as we got out of the electric bus in Johannesburg that took us to the small commuter plane for our Botswana safari.  It was evident on the faces and in the conversations, but like the proverbial “elephant in the room”, nobody wanted to mention violence.  Really just whispers and innuendo as everyone seemed too fearful to discuss collapse or anarchy. Government and infrastructure is regressing in South Africa. The dissipation of hope and trust coupled with a lack of faith

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