African Beaches, Adventure and Mozambique Horse Safaris!

Do you and your family want to experience the “Spirit of Fun and Adventure” you’re looking for on your next trip to Africa? This is one increasingly popular travel destination where you can enjoy just that – on a Mozambique Horse Safari!

Turn your speakers up for the initial introduction, then settle back and enjoy a peek into paradise!

On your next vacation to Southern Africa do something “different” – try and get to Vilanculos, Mozambique! Here you will find some of the best “unspoiled” beaches in the world (especially on Bazaruto and Benguerra Island) – with luxury resorts that melt into the surrounding landscape and horse safaris that cater to your every wish for an awesome family holiday, romantic getaway or adventure vacation “extra-ordinaire”!!  Mozambique is a world away from the busy, cell phone driven, first world techno frenzy a lot of us live in. Here in this special, beautiful, little known, island archipelago of Africa TIME is unlimited.

My husband is a fisherman and has taken our family on some of the most awesome holidays in Mozambique. There is an initial mind-warp; I will not deny my own shock at how backward the country was on our first visit… and my family will testify to that 😉 However, I soon learned, that those of us who thought we were suffering with a 3rd world infrastructure elsewhere in Africa, soon discovered here that we were not so badly off!  Yet, and this is the SECRET in Mozambique, despite the obvious lack in overall regional infrastructure, you come away so much richer for it; and never quite feel the same again…

Here, on Mozambican beaches in the Bazaruto Archipelago, you learn to appreciate the simple things that people enjoy for free. Beaches, so exquisite that the fine, white sand “squeaks” when you walk on it, sea waters abounding in sea-life that tastes like nothing you’ve ever tasted when cooked that evening on a BBQ under the stars, sunshine, sand and waves while trying to windsurf with laughter, lying under palms blowing wind in your hair!

If you have the luxury to add to this with a Mozambique Horse Safari, you will experience so much more with like-minded people who have been here for years to share this with you.  For those who love horses and riding on beaches, this has to be one of the best experiences in the world…  They also offer rides on Bazaruto Island where Volunteers are often also needed to help care for those horses which are owned by the Bazaruto Island Lodge. This is a “wonderful experience on an idyllic island” (Mandy Retzlaff)

Bazaruto Island Beaches

Those who enjoy snorkeling with guides over coral reefs or deep sea scuba diving, are also in for a treat; as we were, when we spent a memorable family holiday some time back, on Bazarutto Island. Early each morning (up with the sun & long before breakfast), we would set off by Land-rover for a protected beach on the island and don our gear before wading into the sea.

This was entry into another world… not ours – we were visitors to this one, drifting in a myriad shades of blue, ethereal and incredibly beautiful!  A completely different world; precious, unique and deserving of man’s protection and care.  We were swimming in a protected area surrounded by larger reefs where the waves pounded not far away.  Our guides reminded us constantly not to stand on coral, and never to litter… rightly so!

... Dreaming!

Soon we were feasting our eyes on a kaleidoscope of sea-life, including lovely pink & turquoise “parrot” fish crunching on coral, long before our own stomachs got hungry!  Those of us who braved holding our breath and diving deeper were fortunate enough to spot the odd leopard eel lying in their “cleaning” stations, hidden deep amongst the rocks on the sea-bed.

By the time we had dried off on the bumpy, open air ride back to the Lodge, our appetites were fully focused on the thought of breakfast… However, despite the fact that we now looked forward to appeasing our grumbling stomachs – our hearts were still out there, amidst the sea sand, salt on our skin and sun in our hair ;)

If you enjoy deep sea diving, the footage on this video from the Mozambican Horse Safari website is so typical of what you see when you’re on a boat in these waters… and underneath the waves.

Mandy and Pat Retzlaff have an amazing story to tell – I hope you can visit the Bazaruto Archipelago and Mozambique Horse Safari one day and hear it from them, for yourselves!  It’s been a while since we were all young university student friends together in the late ’70s, but we have nothing but admiration for what they have done for these horses, their family and the countless people they’ve touched through their horse safaris and Volunteer Programme.

This special place, on the beaches of Mozambique, gives you plenty of “time” to:

  • lose your watch 😉 AND
  • ride in the sea,
  • ride on the beach
  • ride on the sand dunes
  • ride on the cliffs above the sea
  • enjoy and care for deeply loved horses,
  • unwind on pristine beaches,
  • snorkel in unpolluted waters,
  • deep sea dive with dolphins,
  • fish with the best – both local & international fishermen,
  • swim and feel the sun and water on your skin,
  • feast your eyes on sunrises and sunsets that render you speechless,
  • taste freshly caught seafood, and
  • enjoy daily the warmhearted, fun-loving and smiling people that help build unforgettable memories on that Holiday of a Lifetime

Priceless – I’m sure you’ll agree that this is enough for ANYONE to enjoy their next seaside adventure in Africa!

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Are Travel Clubs the Solution for Your Family Vacation This Year?

How would you like to spend a family vacation – or two – at exquisite beach, golf, mountain and family resorts around the world, this year?  If you are not sure how to book that surreal vacation package, without stretching an already overloaded budget, see where this trend is pointing!

While some families are cashing in on the downturn in the once popular Timeshare industry to invest in luxury weeks that once cost between $16,000 – $20,000, (e.g. these can now be found online for re-sale at prices as little as $2,500 for a 2-bedroom suite in Cabo San Lucas) one is still faced with an expensive annual fee, often in the region of $890/year.

Others – and you may be one of them – are not happy to throw away their hard earned savings. Those of us who own our own homes, are already juggling with ever increasing maintenance costs and mortgages… Hence, the hesitation to add to our current annual expenditure with more maintenance costs and annual levies which accompany the purchase of that tempting Timeshare week and entry into that exclusive Destination Club.

Smart thinking, especially when you consider some sport a hefty price tag of $70,000, before the annual fees. If you search online you will discover that this is, thankfully, not the only way to enjoy a family holiday in Hawaii or take cruise vacations in Mexico.  Quality inclusive vacations can be found elsewhere today.

Safari in Africa

Many families are now looking at the benefits of enjoying inclusive vacations as “Travel Club” members. This is not hard to understand, when you see how much money families can save on their exclusive, discounted vacation deals. Imagine flying to Africa and spending a few day’s Safari in Kenya… while you and your family enjoy a week at a quality beach resort for just $299!

Or, a little closer to home for some…

Imagine treating yourself, your family and your grand-children to that dream Vacation in Hawaii. No black out dates, mean you have the ability to book whenever and wherever you want, even during peak travel periods where luxury beach-front accommodations sleeping 8 will cost no more than $950 for the week in total (not per night as you would pay if renting a whole house)

This is something more and more savvy Holiday and Travel Club members choose to enjoy! Without exhausting family savings, they benefit from the huge leverage Travel Clubs use to make bulk bookings at luxury resorts, condos, suites, villas and cottages around the world. These are then made available to Travel Club Members, at a huge discount – often up to 70% if you find the right Club!

The travel industry rely on these residual bookings to keep their rooms full and the wheels turning in a Trillion dollar industry worldwide! You also benefit – as you and your family save on your flights, accommodation and activities which is why Travel Clubs are more than attractive to a lot of people out there.

Villa on the Mexican Riviera

Those members who have switched from “owning’ timeshare now have the additional benefit of no more annual levies, fees and restrictions on the number of weeks or locations they visit each year.  A lot of travel clubs give members the option to travel 52 weeks of the year; and the chance to book your vacation up to a year ahead.  What an opportunity, especially when you’re retired and have the time and resources to go travel the four corners of the world!

Luxury Room on the Mexican Riviera

There are many travel clubs out there, and most also have contracts with numerous popular travel providers (including major Cruise Lines, Car Hire & Flight Providers, e.g. Fare Buzz).  This all adds up to a premium Travel Club of huge value.

Services often include: a) premium pricing on accommodation weeks at luxury resorts, b) discovery tours worldwide at unheard of prices, c) cash back on all bookings (including cruises, excluding flights) made through your personal online travel portal, and d) a personal travel assistant.

Not many people would turn down the above possibilities… It sure is an attractive incentive for families to visit the beaches and golf courses of the world, this year and every year. Even non-members who book through your site, hoping to escape the gloomy northern winters, can enjoy some of the discounted pricing available.

Many families today agree that Travel clubs are a refreshing and attractive way to make their money go further! There is no need to compromise on the quality of vacations you enjoy, when you take your next holiday.  In fact, the world may just feel a better place, when you decide to join the Travel Club of your choice!

Find Out More Today!

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Downtown During the Olympics – Great Highlight for 2010!

One special day, when my youngest son, Ryan, and I decided to go check out the buzz downtown during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in February, 2010!

It was the first time I had traveled on the new Canada Line – which was awesome, so new, and clean and fast. In no time we were down by the Waterfront in Vancouver…

The Waterfront Station is an amazing destination to arrive in Vancouver…  that magnificent old Railway Station building at the bottom of Howe Street is a work of art – history with it’s old colonial style architecture and lofty ceilings.  Stepping out and into a city I thought I knew, but this felt different – very different.  The buildings had been turned into huge symbols – supporting Canada, the Athletes, the Spirit of the Games!

Something was up… or was it just the sunshine – which shone most days in BC. Not common for the MIDDLE of February. In fact – very bizarre, but not many were complaining… even the athletes who had to compromise for more challenging surfaces!

Everywhere we went people were in a good mood, and we found ourselves “drifting along” with the crowd, until we found the Olympic Flame burning bright from the Cauldren further down the waterfront near the Vancouver Convention Centre.  What a difference… I used to work nearby years ago, and could not believe the changes.  The new Convention Centre was now complete (no more pounding from the pylons being hammered into the ground). Vancouver was certainly looking beautiful and the fountains Ryan showed me were pretty spectacular too.

Well, that set the tone for the day and without any set plan, we walked through the city, enjoyed lunch alongside tourists and athletes (those tall guys with the Russia kit on HAD to be from the Ice Hockey team, right?) and found ourselves in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. There we saw the Countdown clock erected so many years ago when it was still set in years, months, days, hours and seconds.  Something I used to check on returning from work in the evenings…

Kudos to John Furlong and his team of Volunteers ~ all that planning and organizing to produce this phenomenal Olympic experience  Behind the Art Gallery we discovered the Media fun and games taking place in Robson Square. Enthusiastic announcements and music pumping from huge loudspeakers, while commentary hailed loud and clear from TV and Radio stations while scaffolding supported those brave enough to go hurtling through the skies from one tower to another – while crowds below voiced encouragement! One big party in pure sunshine…

The Robson Square Ice Rink was an attraction too and we had a chance to admire the exquisite blue rink along with other visitors and tourists.  Although we weren’t to see any performances by the stars of the day, imagining the moves as seen by millions thanks to the stunning CTV and TSN footage of the Figure Skating, was not difficult.  I could just imagine how thrilling it would be to actually watch something like an exciting Ice Dance routine..

Well, Leonardo was calling from inside the gallery, but unfortunately the crowds had beat me to seeing his Anatomy sketches on exhibition, so I put that expectation aside for another day… and we headed off to Yaletown Roundhouse by skytrain to connect with my eldest son, Matt who had just finished work …

The day ended well, on discovery of the one of the cosiest, coffee shops with excellent service across the road… despite the festivities on the street, it was calm and full of the right coffee and food enticing aromas – somewhere I could quite easily spend a few hours with family and friends chatting and enjoying each others company without feeling pressurized to vacate – “Chez Cafe” the perfect place to end a perfect day!

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Wilderness on the Garden Route, South Africa’s Best Beaches!

Resorts Like These On Beaches Like This Are What Memories Are Made Of!

Wilderness

The World Cup is over in South Africa but many families will continue to make the most of a Travel Club membership to either escape the crowds in their own hometown during the summer, or to enjoy an extra week at the beach thousands of miles away overseas…   Memorable holidays are always a good excuse to “Jabulani!” together and celebrate life at beautiful resorts and destinations worldwide.  That’s why this membership was created and it’s so easy to explore.

If this tweaks your beak, just take a look at the huge selection some Travel Club Members enjoy in quality Travel inventory worldwide.  These are real time inventory listings and change from day to day.  If you need time to decide, you can reserve a resort week (On Hold) for 24 hours, get back to friends and family to confirm, and then book.  The pop-up description gives you more information about the resort, including the Contact information and physical address, weather, facilities – everything you need to know – so you can call them direct to find out more.  I like to look online at the resort website, especially my favorite resorts in Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban.  It’s just one more way to see the savings our members enjoy…

Our family owned a Timeshare on the popular Natal coast beaches north of Durban, for years! Growing up, we enjoyed multiple week holidays as children and students which were heaven on earth…  Now, my family is spread world wide, but booking our accommodations through a Travel Club we can enjoy the same luxury, without the expense and fees attached to owning Timeshare.  For just a few hundred dollars we are set to enjoy a lifetime of memories on vacations and holidays which are sometimes up to 70% discount… certainly worth it for us.

The above resort is situated above one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in my eyes… at Wilderness in the Cape Province, South Africa!  On a visit to SA a few years back, I hired a car to visit family and drove from George to Plettenberg Bay, in the Cape Province. I remember stopping to look back out over these dunes with an incredible vista of the sea and waves rolling in below – it was stunning!

Wilderness is best known for the tranquil Indian Ocean and stunning beaches which stretch on forever.

Over time it has become an internationally sought after holiday resort. On visiting Wilderness, you will find yourself surrounded by rivers, lakes and lagoons, which makes it a great spot for the water sport enthusiasts, who frequent it.

The 2500 hectares of National Park include five rivers, five lakes, two estuaries and 18 kilometers of coastline. Wilderness sports many types of wildlife, in particular birds. Many types of water birds breed here and this makes it ideal for bird-watchers. Recreation activities also include hiking, dolphin and whale-watching, hang-gliding, paragliding, horse riding, mountain-biking, scenic drives, Wilderness Lakes Art Route, day tours, ferry cruises, angling, boating and other water sports.

Wilderness is also home to skilled craftsmen and women in the area. Their work is often for sale and tourists can pick up many bargains at craft markets held each month. This and many other interesting aspects of the town add to a wonderful rustic charm.

A destination well worth a visit by any tourist on the Garden Route; it truly is a place of timeless beauty!  Find out how you and/or your family could stay at resorts, condos, villas, cottages in places like this on your next trip.

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Who’s Dreaming of Sandy Beaches and a Sea Breeze This Summer?

You’ve heard it all before, we love to “DREAM” about… where we want to go on holiday next summer, what new car we want to drive, where we want to live… in that hazy ‘Never, Never Land’ of the future?

“Just imagine” that dream vacation, financial freedom, your own business, time to spend multiple weeks away on holiday with the family, go on safari in Africa or volunteer in exotic corners of the world with fewer skyscrapers and more people who actually need you; well we all love to dream, right?   But, how many of us act on them…  It’s OK to dream, but don’t you dare believe it (says the little voice in our heads…)

Unfortunately, the recession has helped cast a shadow over those clear blue skies and conditioned us to accept the worst, believe the worst, and expect the worst… when in fact, all it takes, is one – just ONE – small, but significant shift in our mind to make that first, important choice; and just one, small, but significant choice is all we need to propel us towards motivating action that starts to build our new reality.

Do not underestimate the power of one single choice. We make choices that determine the outcome in our lives each and every day… some of which we are totally unaware. Voices in our heads, which so often go unchecked, align us with what we are familiar with; protecting us from the unknown, from pushing ourselves beyond what we are comfortable with. That way we accept our lot, we do not expect more, we allow outside forces and circumstances to dictate our reality.

Those who DARE to dream, who make that defining choice, and act to make it a reality – are more in control of their own lives, and will grow to reap the rewards. It may not be a business choice, but something as simple and everyday as taking 100% responsibility for our relationships in life, without expecting anything in return. Think about it… this is truly liberating.

Well known celebrities invariably make choices that determine their success. To quote Mike Zimmerman in ” Success ” Magazine (March 2010, p.1) “Sir Anthony Hopkins says he has achieved his dreams, and the key was choice – whether he’s choosing a new acting role that pushes him to grow or simply choosing to be happy. For anyone, he says, choice makes the difference between success and failure.”

Why let the uncertainties of our times; whether they be job loss, credit card debt, family finances, stock market losses, disappointment, failed expectations or businesses determine our lot? We have the power to turn around. We, and only we, can focus forward, out of our current situations with all the challenges and dilemmas we face.

Like a sailboat on the water, don’t let the gusts of life blow you over! In reality, like a sailor on the water, it is up to us to check those sails, to make the right choice to harness those winds of change, and create the future that we desire.

 

 

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Sometimes a Little Slice of Heaven is in Your Own Backyard!

I have driven past the Serpentine Fen Bird Wildlife sanctuary countless times over the last few years – up King George Highway on the way to Surrey, not far from South Surrey and the Nursery where we go and collect plants, soil and stones each year, just 5 mins from home!

Every time I thought to myself, as I drove past the water – rippling under the gentle nudging gusts coming in from the sea not far away – bordered by irregular islands of tufted grass, trees barelimbed reaching for the sky in winter or shimmering green in summer – everytime I thought “I have to stop there on my way home, those birds are so close to the highway, but it looks like another world and worth exploring, especially considering I love wildlife”.

Well, it’s NEVER too late to take that first bold step – and only after listening to Darren Hardy with a particularly moving bio on Jim Rohn, did I ACT on the good advise to “Never put off to tomorrow, what you can accomplish today!”  So, I made a choice and acted on it. At last, I stopped – despite the heavy traffic, I slowed down pulled over to the right and tires pushing up dust and stones, pulled alongside a few other vehicles… on the edge of the sanctuary.

When I stepped out of the car, I was exhilerated and more determined than ever to take what I learn and put it into action!  As I walked along the grassy, soft paths alongside the waterways, I marvelled at the wild bird life, the ducks, the skies, the trees, the fresh air, the solitude so close to the highway and the expressions of those with their dogs, smiling as they walked by…

Sometimes, the gems we seek are not far off – waiting to be discovered, in our own back-yard. Hope you enjoy the photos I took here that day ~ and a Special thanks to those who manage this Sanctuary –

The benefits reach far beyond the feathered community!

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So Where Will You and Your Family be Next Olympic Games?

How did you and your family enjoy the sights millions of visitors were loving when they visited Whistler and Vancouver for the Winter Olympics 2010? Yes Savvy sports travelers planned years in advance to be in the “Hollywood of the North” this February, when over 10,000 of the world’s top athletes descended on BC.

Not only is British Columbia one of the most beautiful places on earth; but Canadians gave athletes and tourists one of the warmest welcomes on earth with the Opening Ceremony held on Friday, February 12th, 2010 to mark the beginning of the Winter Games.  Not to mention the unplanned hitch turned humor with the raising of the Olympic Cauldron…

Despite the concern of their Canadian hosts, visitors enjoyed this lovely city during an unprecedented rise in temperatures; making it one of the warmest winters in over 100 years while the East Coast of North America and even Europe is snow laden. Considering the snowfall in Vancouver, last winter, this is not something anyone wished for the host city of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics! However, Vancouverites trucked the snow in from back East, along with their visitors, and seem to be infused with an almost summer like spirit amidst the balmy temperatures.

Olympic Winter Games 2010

Streets downtown swarmed day and night with everyone taking full advantage of the charged atmosphere. Athletes, sports travelers and enthusiasts savoured the top class Olympic competition at local venues in Vancouver, Richmond, Cypress Mountain and Whistler; despite the fact that nothing could prepare anyone for the terrible tragedy that occurred on the Luge track before the Games officially opened. Subsequent measures by authorities and sports bodies to prevent such a thing ever happening again, will not ease this pain… and the Vancouver Games will always be a sad reminder for millions.

So how do you explain the party pumping music and atmosphere in the celebrity littered streets all week? People young and old throwing their hearts and hopes behind their own country’s athletes.  A demonstration of the power in celebrating life while you have the chance – while you have life in your veins – to strive, to perform and to live your utmost.

Many partied long into the night, while others rose early in the morning (in time to see the stars setting in the West over the BC Lions while at the same time, watching the sun rise in the East over the distant snow-covered slopes of Mount Baker in Washington, USA – all from Granville bridge). Whatever worked for those in Vancouver, the atmosphere was tangible…

Visitors and Locals alike made each day, hour and minute count ~ a tribute to life and the long years of training and dedication on the athletes part.  What an inspiration it was to see them competing and striving to make their dreams a reality!

People love to share the good things in life; visitors, friends and family traveled home with firsthand accounts about what they had experienced and seen in and around Vancouver and Whistler. Inspiring visions for those who were not there – and an inspiration to make it a reality again in 2012 when the next Olympic Games take place in London!

We all enjoy diferent things, yet have similar goals and objectives – especially when it comes to travel. International travel tips are what help us make the difference. Everyone has their own bag full of memories to share about the parties, shows, hotels, favorite restaurants, interesting attractions and events they most enjoyed during a vacation… especially when it’s the OLYMPICS!

So what are you waiting for?  London 2012 is not far away and this is one company with a fine Travel Club that can get you there – in style!

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Vancouver 2010 – Winter Olympics Light Up the City!

Seems like just the other day that seven years of focused Olympic preparation culminated in the arrival of the Olympic Torch in our Host city, Vancouver!

The Torch was welcomed enthusiastically by countless cities, towns and villages as it travelled over 45,000 kilometres across Canada.  Now it had arrived at it’s final destination, and lit up the streets of downtown Vancouver for the Winter Games Vancouver/Whistler 2010! Perhaps you were here, perhaps you were in spirit?!  Either way, excitement was high in the morning as thousands lined the streets to see the last of many chosen to carry the flame through the streets before the final ceremony later that evening.

No wonder! Vancouver is a beautiful city, and with the hosting of the Winter Olympics 2010, the city had been transformed.  The tangible excitement was actually beyond building, it was pumping  ~ More than 60,000 people witnessed first-hand the Olympic cauldron being lit in BC Place stadium during the opening ceremony that night.  Earlier in the day, Arnold Schwarzenegger had the honour of carrying the 2010 Olympic torch through Stanley Park drawing huge crowds; the night before, Michael Buble carried it and was nearly swamped by enthusiastic supporters on the streets of Vancouver!

Along with thousands of other enthusiastic Canadians, I was fortunate enough to see the Torch not once, but twice the week it opened. I live in the lower mainland of Greater Vancouver, down near White Rock and the USA border… so you can imagine my delight when, purely by chance, driving through Surrey… I was delayed by cars stalled on the one side of the King George Highway, and soon discovered that the other side of the highway had been cleared for the Olympic Torch making its way to the Surrey City Hall.

What a thrill to be able to stand on the island – in the middle of the traffic – and watch the Vancouver 2010 Vans, bristling with cameras drive by with the torch bearer and his Olympic flame seconds later! The sun was shining and Canadians were happy to welcome the relay, cheering on the flame and all it represents for our proud and free country. Then again, with a little more effort many of us rose at 5 am to get to a shopping mall frequented by neighbours and friends nearby where the Torch was bound to set off for the City of White Rock to the south.

There we saw the same bustle, excitement and spirit while the Torch bearer was interviewed by local media.  He prepared to start the first run of the day, down 152nd street towards White Rock, Semiahmoo and the Peace Arch Portal ceremonies. Again hundreds of people lined the streets despite the chilly, early morning air – children caught up in the excitement, parents relishing an opportunity not likely to happen again in their own back yard – ever…

Downtown, Vancouver was ready!  This city, both visitors and locals alike, were transformed and excited for the upcoming festivities and competition ahead over the next 17 days… media, concerts, athletes, visitors, performances, banners, skyscrapers all proclaiming that now was the time ~ for the world and her best winter athletes to celebrate the spirit of Vancouver 2010!

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Dust…

Landie bumping along a dusty road - which makes for a great sunset and more!

Seems Most of My Life in Africa Conjures Images of DUST!

Dusty roads on the farms I grew up on alongside fields of maize (corn), tobacco, soyabeans and wheat; billowing up behind motorbikes, trucks, tractors and trailors weighed down with loud farm workers, legs dangling over the sides – sometimes smiling, often singing [before the nightmare set in with the Millenium];

Dusty twisters blowing across the dry lands in winter; eagles and vultures soaring up high, using the dusty wind thermals to ease their flight weary wings while scanning the bush below for prey – wheeling up against cobalt blue skies again and again; skies clear of cloud and rain for endless months before the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) lowered itself over Zimbabwe from up North, bringing the first of many dark, threatening storms in November;

Dusty roads in the hot, searing heat of the Zambezi valley, excited eyes peeled for lion and their cubs panting in an afternoon siesta on the road, or elephant grey still shapes in the thick forests making the most of leafy cool shade in the mid-day high;

Granite Gate to Mvurwi, Zimbabwe

Dusty yards being incessently swept bare outside wooden mud huts on many of the farms we drove through on our way back home, into town, down to Kariba, or up to the highlands of Nyanga.

DUST that I was so eager to escape after 8 dry, parched months where dust covered everything, outside railings, plants, roads and cars; inside shelves, tables, floors and photos; we were constantly trying to clean up after that thin, fine, brown powder!

In the Sticks

Our quest for “clean” became embedded in our quest for “freedom” from DUST – from struggling against a lunatic government, ethnic fuelled politics, a plummeting economy, the terror of not being able to leave and desperation to secure a better future for our children. This DUST blew us half way around the globe – from Africa to New Zealand, back to Africa and on to Canada – all within the space of 5 years!

Zimbabweans are now a world- wide diaspora, spanning the globe much the same as the Irish at the beginning of the last century. Economic freefall still has a strangle hold on our homeland back in Africa, which now boasts the highest Inflation on record in the world – much like the dust that we loved, choked on and escaped ~ or did we?

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