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Almost Home

Posted by on July 30, 2012

The African part of our trip has come to an end and we are just a week away from going home. For the past two weeks we’ve been traveling around gorgeous Ireland enjoying the comforts of Europe. Being here has made us aware of some things which we took for granted before our six months on the road and we thought we’d share them:

  • Tap water. Yes, we can drink it again!
  • Also, running water and as an extra bonus it’s hot too.
  • Beds – not the floor, not a tent or the back of a smelly truck in the desert but a real bed.
  • Food, glorious food! Every trip to the supermarket with its shelves stacked with goodies is in great contrast to what you would find in an African market.  We love having so many options.
  • Television. We never watched it before we left but now we can’t stop.
  • Traffic rules – they have them here.
  • Not being approached every two minutes and hassled for money and the lack of the words Muzungu or Farangi/Faranji!

This said, there are a couple of things about Africa that we really do miss:

  • Bargaining. Shop owners here aren’t impressed if we try to bargain the price down.
  • Cheap beer.
  • Hot African days filled with sunshine!
  • Getting up every morning and having no idea where we’ll be by the end of the day (and what we would have seen).
  • Africa’s friendliness and all the smiling kids we met along the way.
  • Big Boy – we miss our uncomfortable monster!
  • But mostly we miss the chaos of Africa.

Africa was tough and we chose probably one of the toughest ways to travel it, but if we could do it all over again, we would in a heartbeat. It’s been one hell of a ride and an experience we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.

We’ll say goodbye with some pictures from our time in Ireland – see you soon South Africa


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