Showing posts from May, 2013

African Safari

My African Safari took place at Balule Nature Reserve, a private game reserve about 270 miles northeast of Johannesburg (a six-hour shuttle van ride away).  Balule’s border with Kruger National Park is unfenced, which allows animals to move freely in between the lands.  The advantage of taking a safari at a private reserve is they have the ability to take vehicles off road straight to the animals, whereas at Kruger, everyone must stay on the road.

I stayed at a four-star lodge called Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge on a three-day, two-night safari.  It was all-inclusive – all meals (except for drinks) and two safaris per day were included.  They have private rondawels (round huts – I just call them bungalows) for guest rooms.  It is an intimate and luxurious lodge, with capacity for about 20 guests.   On my first night, me along with a tour group of four travelers plus one guide were the only guests.  On my second night, I was the only guest there.  I had the entire lodge and had two safaris …

Montreal Rainout

This is my last update on the road as I will be flying back home tomorrow morning.  Spending six-weeks on the road overseas is tiring; I am ready to sleep in my own bed and go back to work to resume normalcy in my life.

On this last stop in Montreal, the weather finally foiled my spotting plans.  Even with four scheduled days here, the weather gods never let out the sun.  It is such a shame, because I am staying at the luxurious Marriott Montreal Airport hotel amidst all the action.  It is a spotter's dream hotel!

My room overlooks Runway 06R…

…while the gym and the Concierge Lounge overlooks one of the ramp areas.

Being in Quebec is like a country within a country.  Here, Quebec-French is the primary language and that’s what I see and hear everywhere.

Instead of spotting, I had plenty of time to enjoy the local sights and culture.

From Mount Royal, looking down on the city and the Olympic Park (1976 Summer Olympics was held in Montreal).

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal.  Co…

Incredible Iguazu

With only one country and one week remaining,  my trip around the world is almost complete.  I am only four time zones away from home!

Iguazu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, was one of the most incredible places I have ever been.  Iguazu means big water; huge water was more like it!  Words cannot describe how awesome of sight it was. And the deafening sound from the roar of fallen water. And the power felt from vibrations on the handrails.

At 1.7 miles wide, Iguazu Falls is the widest waterfall in the world.  Consisting of about 275 falls, there are trails both above and below the falls allowing visitor to walk all around.

Color of the water was different over my two-day trip.  This had to do with conditions upstream (rain, etc) causing mud to churn in the river.

Mist obscured parts of the fall which created a dreamlike scene. The lower falls were perpetually wet.

A train took visitors to Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat), which is the largest waterfall in t…