Friday, October 31, 2008

November 1st

REWARD for anyone who can get us our luggage! Especially my smokes! Although it may sound funny I am just shy of crying. It is not like there are lots of stores in the area. We have called the Johannesburg South African Airways and all they said was they don't have it. Is it in Dubai or what? Ok, so it was supposed to be in Richards Bay airport. Our baggage numbers are SA244822 and SA244823. GUDRUN HELP!! lol
Other than that, last night David was "seeing wierd" which means onset of a migraine. So he went to bed at 4:30pm. I wandered around, keeping an eye on the last 5 smokes in my pack, and finally gave in to boredom and went to bed at 8:00.
We were just informed that sometimes people never receive their baggage and it happens all the time. I never realized how much I loved my suitcase. It was a thing of beauty.
OK, I am signing off for now. Hopefully I will have a better report next time. You You I am trying to stay positive, but it is not looking good.

October 31

Happy Halloween!!!
Although it doesn't look like we will be able to add pictures, I can at least update you for now.
Our flights were long but not too extremely bad. Our connecting flight on KLM was actually decent. We were upgraded to business class on a 747! and had some room.

We caught a KILLER thunderstorm that stretched probably 500 miles and it was non stop lightening. I have heard they are like that, and the guy we ate breakfast next to this morning at the airport confirmed that. He was from Chicago, but lives here now and says they scare the crap out of him.

We got in on time last night, and was picked up by a guy (who was holding my name up) at the airport who drove about a '73 toyota, personal car. It wouldn't start when it was time to go. We weren't sure at that point if we were going to our hotel or some scary alley. He didn't speak english either. We were happy to find we did in fact go to the hotel. Also kind of scary. But we did sleep a little and left for the airport early.

Our plane to Richards Bay was a prop. Kind of scary landing but that isn't the scariest part.
Our luggage made it all the way from Seattle to Jo-Burg, but didn' make it here. It was supposed
to be on the 3:00 flight, but didn't make that one either. The people at the Lodge here say that it sometimes takes 3-4 days!!!! Holy Crap!!! That would really suck. So we just sit and wait.

We chose to kick back instead of going on our first game drive this afternoon. We're a little tired. But we have seen some animals, lizards, and some awesome birds. The weather is totally overcast, but comfortable. Our room is a tent, canvas and all but sturdy and seems to be bug proof for the most part. So it will be interesting if we do get one of those thunderstorms. Davids saw on the news they were calling for it.

We have some Seattle-ites around us...all won auctions. The rest seem to be German.

The guy who drove us from Richards Bay is a Zulu. Very interesting to speak to. I will give you more input on him later, but stories like if he were to get married he would have to give the father of the bride 11 cows. They cost R5000 ea which is a whole bunch of money for these people.

Ok we are going to the bar now to drown our luggage sorrows. Maybe if we drink enough we won't worry about whether or not we have clothes.

Love to all, more tomorrow.
I will see if I can figure out the picture thing.