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Apr 3, 2019 - Never ending days at Sea!!!

There does not appear to be much change in what is happening- nothing very much !! The engine is still being tested and a change in the itinerary has been promised but no details yet! The troops are becoming restless! We saw a number of other ships yesterday, all of them travelling at twice the speed that we are doing. I also saw a number of dolphins during the day. We have been doing a lot of reading as well as joining in a number of different games - rummycub, o hell, etc.

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Mar 31, 2019 - At Sea- at slow speed

We are still at Sea (I've lost count of how many days!) and steaming slowly at 10 knots on only one engine. It's becoming somewhat boring and I'm pleased I have been able to grab a good book. I have spent a fair amount of time just looking out to sea hoping to sea something of interest. A couple of days ago I espied a turtle swimming alongside the boat - 450 miles from shore and 5000 metres deep! The only other action has been quite a few flying fish! Yesterday we had a 'crossing the equator ' initiation ceremony and last night we had...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Greek party at sea!

Our Greek captain hosted a Greek party at lunch time with BBQ'd chicken and lamb, various salads and much wine and ouzo. There was also continuous Greek music accompanied by much dancing. Our captain led proceedings by doing a solo dance! Later we were faced with an approaching storm!

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Mar 27, 2019 - Luanda

We're still at Luanda in the drawn out process of refuelling. Yesterday we did a bus tour of the highlights of Luands and I have to say it didn't figure very high on my 'special sights' list. However Wendy enjoyed it - I think she is keener on history than I am. Luanda has a population of six million and seventy percent of those are under 24. Half the population is below the poverty line and Luanda is the most expensive city in the world. There was a lot of rubbish lying around the city and most of the buildings were in a state of...

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Mar 25, 2019 - Another day at sea

We met the captain yesterday for the first time and he spoke about what action we must take in the event of a pirate attack. I don't think there's much chance of that but I guess he has to cover all contingencies. The meals have been good and the wine flows generously. I went searching for bird life this morning but there was no sign- something to do with the currents I believe. The last few nights we've been sharing the dinner table with a Methodist minister from UK - he has also been taking the church services on board the ship. We have...

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Mar 24, 2019 - Moonscape

I started off this morning by putting our clocks back an hour and then spending twenty minutes of fast uphill walking in the gym - my weight is currently 67.5 kg which is pretty constant. We received a letter from the captain last night apologising for the delays and changed schedule, and as a good will gesture he has applied a credit of US300 per guest to our onboard account to be used on the vessel. That should take care of the drinks bill (and a few items from the shop!) Unfortunately we will now not be going to the island of Bom Bom so...

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Mar 23, 2019 - Sandhills of Namibia

Yesterday was a real highlight with firstly large groups of flamingoes. Then we had the Sandhills which went on forever. The 4wds were modern vehicles (mainly Toyotas) and very comfortable. I was lucky to have a front seat and so got plenty of photo opportunities. Halfway through the afternoon a table was brought out and covered with champagne and beer bottles together with a big supply of nibbles. Our driver really put the Pajero through its paces with going up and down some incredibly steep slopes. One was a little too steep and he was...

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Mar 21, 2019 - Still at Sea

No further reports on the starboard engine and so far the other one is still propelling us along! We have both been spending 20-30 minutes in the gym before breakfast in an attempt to limit the calorie intake. Some of the people we have shared the dinner table it's have had interesting lives. On two occasions we have sat with a Methodist minister who is taking the Sunday church services (he does a good job!) Last night we were with a physicist ! Today there is an opportunity to meet with other teachers/educators so we'll probably join that...

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Mar 20, 2019 - At Sea

When we were 8 hours out of Cape Town the starboard engine played up and had to be stopped and since then our speed has been restricted to ten knots.. We are now not due to berth in Namibia until late tomorrow night. We have been told that there is additional assistance available when we arrive but hopefully the engineers on board will have solved the problem by then. One positive out of all this is that since Cape Town all drinks have been free.

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Jan 3, 2019 - Quick African Animal Facts

Well we managed to see the Big 5, the Ugly 5, the Baby 5, and the Mini 5. We saw very rare sights such as endangered Wild Dogs (there are only 180 of these in Kruger) and we saw sad and horrible sights such as a Python finishing off baby Impala. We saw entertaining things such as two male rhinos doing the tango (which later got rough and turned out to be a territorial sparing) and we learned how many mystery meats Rick is willing to try - warthog, crocodile, wildebeast, impala, kudu, zebra, oryx. Amazing! We learned lots of fascinating...

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Jan 2, 2019 - In transit and arrival home Jan 3rd

Last day in Namibia We were up at 7 a.m. then showered and had breakfast. After some last minute shopping in the lobby we caught our transport to the airport. Chris and Jim in one vehicle and Mom, Rick and I and luggage in the other. The drive to the airport is actually pretty long since the airport is 45 km away. The fare is quite expensive as well. Once at the airport we had plenty of time to kill and so we settled down at one of the restaurants for milk shakes and tehn wandered round shopping. Chris and Jim were heading to Jo'berg and...

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Jan 1, 2019 - National Geographic Cheetah's then back to Windhoek

Today's itinerary After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing...

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