Location: Shepparton East, Africa
Well we have been home for a few days and are finally getting around to putting up some pics.
Although we were a bit dubious about flight connections, all went well. Until we got Sydney (missed a connecting flight to Melbourne, it put us behind about an hour) Not to bad considering we had 13 flights altogether on this trip.
The Scenery and the animals aswell as the people of Africa exceeded our wildest dreams.
Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
We are off to Victoria falls in a couple of days and are looking forward to that as well.
The rest here at Zanzibar is doing us the world of good. The weather here is fantastic (about 27degrees). After traveling so far and over so many rough roads. The vehicles we were traveling in are very good but the roads are terrible. The pot holes are so deep you could hide a tribe of pygmies in one.
By for now catch you all later.
Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Hi all, Here we are at Zanzibar and are having a ball. The weather is fantastic and hot. We are finally having a rest after the Safari trail.
The Samburu National park as been the best of all the parks we have been to. The Migration of the Wildebeest and Zebra was amazing. In one view we could see thousands of animals all going north to the lush savanna in northern Kenya. We have seen all the Big Five and many more to boot. Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Cape Buffalo. Also Giraffes (3 types), Cheetah, Warthog, Hyrax, Mongoose, Monkeys (6 types). baboons, Antelopes (6 types), Impala, Hippopotamus, Zebra (2 types), Jackals, Hyena, Crocodiles and many more (over 70 species of animals identified). The birds were beautiful and they varied from Osterich, Marabou Stork, Flamingoes, Lilac breasted RollerHorn bills large and small and many more as well (over 80 speciesof birds identified)
Location: Shepparton East, Australia
We are preparing for our next adventure (Africa). This is the trip we have been wanting to do for several years now, and it is finally coming to fruition.
We leave Melbourne on the 13th July and return home on the 9th August.
There is 13 flights to negotiate on this journey though. It is all finely tuned and timed to perfection (heres hoping).
Our trip to China (1,320 million people) was very interesting, and we came away from there with many answers and lots of questions. I was expecting to see lots of people struggling to make a living. In the cities most people are able to work and provide for their famillies quiet well. There seems to be a heap of tourists spending heaps of Dollars, which is helping with the economy situation. Their standard of living is improving rapidly and they are embracing the western ways as well (not sure that is a good thing).
"Our impressions and views have been many but our primary findings, at least to date, are that the rapid growth of China into a mature, advanced economy is inevitable and the economy and its people are already wealthier and the middle class already more sophisticated than many in the western world realise. The sheer numbers of middle class with money to spend and ambition to work hard is staggering
everywhere you look, there are people on a mission.
The central, non-elected government may seem like a handicap to many in the western world, and for those who are particularly Americanised in their ideologies, perhaps the lack of democracy may seem a significant problem. Our sense is that a sustained economic expansion by China is almost impossible without it.
Having spent a small amount of time here watching the way people live and work and talking to some of them, China does not long for democracy. Its people, like those everywhere, desire wealth, social mobility, safety and a good future for their children. And it appears they dont miss being able to vote.No, the Chinese people are free enough to pursue wealth and can feel safe in their own country and home. We must admit to seeing many positive attributes to a benevolent dictatorship. For a start, the government is free to make long term, potentially short term painful decisions without having to worry about the short term political fallout. The one child policy clearly would not be a vote-winner but at the time, it was seen as critical and is now being relaxed. Environmental issues are being pursued without (it seems) the concerns of short term costs to companies or individuals. It appears the Chinese authorities realise what a big problem this is.
The strong work ethic has been like a coiled up spring. As soon as the economic shackles were lifted to allow individuals to get rich, it uncoiled and launched like a sleeping dragon (as they would say here). Businessmen work till late at night and weekends and even social occasions are business opportunities. Children go to school from 8am till 6pm and then study on Saturdays too. Our young, well-educated and well-travelled guide looks longingly at the numerous Audis and BMWs on the road and often comments about what job she wants and how important it is to her to be successful
quickly. Every person we meet goes into her black book (the mobile phone!!) as relationships are key in China for future (potential) reference.
The Chinese have embraced consumerism with a passion. Like many Asian cities, there is no shortage of shopping centres and every brand in the world is available. It appears to be the primary leisure activity. The shopping centres are packed all the time and prices are not really cheaper than back home for most things."
We travelled to, Beijing (15 million people), Xian, YangShou, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai (17 million ), 3 gorges Cruise to ChongQuing (30 million), back to Shanghai then home to Australia (26 million).