Final expenses for Maharajas Express…Safari photos from Ranthambore National Park

Two baby barns owls peering out from the safety of the hollow in the tree in Ranthambore National Park.
Expenses   US Dollar       Indian           Rupee 
Maharajas Express Train
Fare for 2 
$ 11,996.00 857905.94
Tips   $     433.38 30993.60
Taxi   $        –               
Dining Out   $     115.43          8255.09
Visa Fees – India for
 $     120.00 8581.92
ATM fees   $       24.30 1737.84
Total   $ 12,689.11 907474.39
Avg Daily Cost (6 night train-2 nights hotel in Mumbai)   $   1,586.14 113434.30

No, we didn’t spot the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India on Friday’s safari when we disembarked the Maharajas Express at the train station.
Nearly dry river bed.

There were several reasons, based on our relatively vast safari experiences, that may have been instrumental in not spotting a tiger. They include:

1.  The driver of the noisy 20 passenger safari vehicle, simply drove too fast through the park causing loud noises that could easily prevent a possible sighting when tigers are elusive and sensitive to loud noises.

Kingfisher.

2.  Driving slowly with all passenger’s eyes on the lookout for a sighting would have greatly increased our odds.

3.  Loud talking: The tour guide, although seemingly knowledgeable about the park, spoke and yelled out in loud tones that would easily have prevented a sighting of a tiger, let alone other wildlife. Often times, the guides were yelling out to one another as we passed along the narrow route.
Monkey searching for morsels of food.

Once we entered the park, Tom and I looked at one another, with the knowledge that it would be highly unlikely we’d see a tiger under the above circumstances.

We don’t blame the Maharajas Express. 
Spotted deer.

Most likely few, if any, passengers, would have voiced these concerns, especially if they’ve never been on safari in the past. The speed at which the driver was maneuvering through the rough roads, make it especially difficult for the senior-aged passengers. 

Wildflowers blooming at the river’s edge.

One kind woman, Carol from Australia, with whom we made a good connection, literally fell out of her seat landing on the floor of the vehicle injuring her hip and breaking her finger. This could have happened to anyone of us when the bumps were so outrageous we could barely hang on for dear life.

Antelopes in India are similar to kudus in Africa but, without the prominent white markings.

By the time the short two-hour safari came to an end, we were all rattled after the extraordinarily bumpy ride. Oh, as our readers know we’ve been on many safaris over bumpy roads, but nothing and I mean nothing, compares to that outrageous ride for two hours.

Termite mounds, considerably smaller than those in Africa.

The early morning was chilly. The train staff provided us with woolen blankets. Although both Tom and I were bundled up in our warmest clothing and the blankets, our hands and faces were cold as the safari vehicle ripped through the jungle.

Banyan tree.

We still have four or five more game drives scheduled during our 55-night tour of India, but this time, we’ll be on our own with the guides and surely will provide some input as to how we’d like the safaris conducted. This is not meant to be arrogant, by any means. But more so it’s an attempt to improve the odds of spotting wildlife we long to see in India.

Crocodile on the bank of the river at the Ranthambore National Park.

Today, while in New Delhi, we were out on a tour with a driver and our own personal tour guide, Subi, in both the old and the new Delhi. We visited some outstanding venues and look forward to sharing them with all of you over the next few days. Our hotel, the Metropolitan in New Delhi is excellent.

Shallow river in the national park.

Whew! We’ve had quite a busy schedule since we left Arizona, 11 days ago and there’s more than we can imagine in days to come. Please stay tuned.


Have a pleasant day and evening.

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Photo from one year ago today, February 9, 2019:

The four piglets certainly have grown over the past six months.  They are so fun to watch. For more phtotos, please click here.

Final expenses, Baltic cruise…Final sailing day…Stockholm, Sweden photos…

Please see our final cruise expenses at the end of today’s text. With the poor WiFi connection, I wasn’t able to move the expenses box to be contained within the text or load captions due to the poor signal.  Please excuse the inconvenience.


The cruise is winding down.  Tomorrow morning we disembark in Amsterdam to take a taxi to the airport and fly to Exeter, England where we’ll pick up a car and drive for approximately two hours until we arrive at our next holiday rental in Falmouth, England.


It’s wonderful knowing this cruise is ending only to result in our starting our next adventure for two months in England, staying in what appears to be four unique and exciting country cottages.




Once we began our travels I had a vision of living in a stone cottage in the English countryside and now this dream will be fulfilled.  For us, it’s always the “simple life” that brings the greatest pleasure and purpose of our world travels.




Today is our last full day at sea and the ship is a flurry of activity with passengers booking new cruises, meeting up with others they’ve met along the way and reminiscing about the experiences of the past almost 12 days and nights.





Last night, once again we had dinner with our favorite little group including American partners Fred and Larry and British mother Deborah and adult son James. The conversation and laughter are neverending with this six-person group and thus we booked a special table with our favorite waiter for tonight’s final dinner at 7:45.





Last night we stayed up late once again watching passengers dancing to a variety of “oldies” in the Centrum.  It was the first time in my life, I couldn’t participate in the lively dancing.  Tom and I love dancing together, especially to “oldies” of the right beat (to us anyway).







Trying not to feel sorry for myself I couldn’t help but wonder if I’ll ever be able to dance again.  Right now, it doesn’t feel as if I could.  But, hopeful that I am, I’m now dreaming of the day when I’ll have my strength back and be on steady legs.  Right now, my legs feel as if they’re made of jello and it takes everything I have to keep from falling flat on my face.





I believe this is a result of the medications and the weaning process, tentative walking being listed as a major side effect while on the drugs and also while attempting to wean off of them, possibly lasting for many months.  





If I knew for sure that an end to the discomfort was in sight, it would be a lot easier.  But, like life itself, nothing is certain.  All we know is the moment we’re living and how important it is to treasure it as it occurs.  It’s challenging not to project into the future.





This morning I reduced the dose of the Bisoprolol in one more increment.  I’m now down about 70%.  I’ll wait another four or five days until I attempt to reduce it again.





The most common side effects of the withdrawal of this beta blocker are increased heart rate and blood pressure, breathing issues, at times to dangerous levels and also coughing and painful walking.  I am monitoring these closely.  Once the body adjusts, for most people, the rates return to more “normal” levels and the pain eventually dissipates.





Before I started weaning off this drug, my pulse was in the 40s and 50s causing me to feel exhausted and short-winded.  Now, as I’ve reduced the dose, it’s running between the 60s and 90s. My blood pressure is low.  We’ll see how it goes.





Oh, I am sorry to go on and on about my health but, let’s face it, it has a huge impact on our travels.  If we were living in a condo somewhere in a warm climate, I could easily have fallen into the trap of being the “perpetual patient” going back and forth to doctors to answer every question that comes to mind.





Now, I lean on reputable scientific research to guide me through this process.  I’ve read in many cases how many cardiologists have suggested their patients stop these drugs “cold turkey” while others warn patients to be hospitalized during the weaning process.  Go figure.


Medical information is misleading and doctors can have varying “opinions” on how to treat their patients, especially cardiologists.  I’ve chosen to go to the “middle ground” and try to work this out on my own.  



Of course, if anything untoward were to occur, we’d immediately seek medical attention.  Also, if my pulse or blood pressure rise too much, I always have the option to increase the dose short-term to get me through a bad spell and then try again a few days later.  Right now, I’m holding my own.


As the day quickly sails by (no pun intended), we find it hard to believe this cruise in over. We’ve already packed our bags, leaving out clothes to wear tonight and tomorrow.  Since our bags will be whisked away at 10:00 pm tonight, most likely, we’ll wear the same outfits tomorrow that we’ve worn tonight.


Today’s photos are those we took while in Stockholm, Sweden riding on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus that we decided to try one more time.  With no rain this time, the photos were better.  


We were able to ride on the top deck without windows providing us with a clear view. It’s not easy taking photos from a fast-moving bus, but we did our best and are delighted to share these with you today.


Most likely, we won’t be able to prepare a full post tomorrow but we’ll let you know we’ve arrived at our new holiday rental in the late afternoon. We’ll be busy unpacking and washing clothes.  Hopefully, we’ll have a few new photos to share!


Be well.  Be healthy.  Be happy.

Expense US Dollar Euro
Cruise Fare  $          4,313.84                      3,894.36
Airfare –   $             385.00                    347.56
Hotel & Meals Amsterdam- $              440.00                    397.21      
Taxi   $             102.00                      92.08
Cabin Credit  $              (150.00)                  (135.41)
Wi-Fi on ship  $                227.40                     205.29
Gratuities  $                520.00                     469.44  
Miscellaneous  $                   82.00                       74.03
Tours  $                 930.00                     839.57   
Total  $             6850.24                   6184.12
Avg Daily Cost – 12 nights  $              570.85                     515.24



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Photo from one year ago today, August 22, 2018:
While on safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana, we were excited to get a view of the leopard’s face after waiting for a considerable period while Samson, our guide kept moving the vehicle for better shots.  Upon careful inspection of this photo, you can see the pads of the feet of her kill in the tree near her head.   For more photos, please click here.

Final expenses for 89 nights in Ireland…Highlights of our stay in Connemara…One day until departure…Last favorite photos…

It was fantastic to have friends Lisa and Barry and friend Chuck visit us in Connemara for a few days!  We met Lisa and Barry on a cruise in November 2017.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland 
“There are around 82,600 speakers of Irish who use the language at home on a daily basis. Contrast this with Polish, where 119,526 speak the language at home, making it the second most spoken language on the island!”

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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do everything we’d planned while in Connemara, Ireland.  Perhaps someday we’ll return and stay in another area with a better opportunity to explore and see the sites.

What an adorable sheep with his budding horns.

But overall, we felt our time here was enjoyable and worthwhile as we came to understand the culture, the terrain, and the unique personality of this special location.  

The views across the bay were stunning, even on cloudy days.

Also, we experienced visits to a few museums, a history center, a castle, a famous fish shop, a world-renowned food truck, an interesting visit to the quaint town of Oughterard, a famous craft shop, and a tour of the popular Roundstone area.


We spent endless hours driving through the countryside reveling in the stunning views including seeing a vast number of adorable barnyard animals including sheep, goats, donkeys, cattle, horses.  

Various ruins of homes, barns, and castles pepper the landscape.

Each evening we took time to relax while gazing out the big picture window to scan the sea for boats, people, birds, and wildlife.  A few days ago, we spotted two otters close to the shore.  

We visited a museum in Clifden, the Station House Museum.

On many evenings we giggled over the cattle in our side yard.  For those growing up in this area, none of this would be exciting.  But for us, we loved every moment.


We dined in only a few restaurants but thoroughly enjoyed cooking our meals at “home” with the vast array of foodstuffs we hadn’t had access to in a long time.  Even a trip to the supermarket was a delightful experience.

The museum has a wide array of well-preserved antiques indigenous to the area.

This stay provided the best access we ever had to outrageously good fish and seafood, most of which we purchased at our front door from dear friend and fish guy, John.  Tom had a chance to have the finest fish and chips he’d ever had by a short drive to John and wife Theresa’s takeaway seafood shop in Carna, Flaherty’s Seafood.

A Connemara pony, unique to the area.

We ate authentic scallops sauteed with butter, olive oil and garlic for a taste-tempting treat like non-other.   I sauteed the finest calamari rings I’ve ever had in the same manner as the scallops.


We met wonderful people everywhere we went, including Eileen, our property owner, Ann, our house cleaner, and the fine people at every shop, restaurant and stop along the way.

We couldn’t help but love this pretty cow’s horns.
We lived in a comfortable house which may be found here that provided every amenity we required and then some.  When I asked about a blender for my daily protein smoothies, it was waiting for us when we arrived.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.


Yes, I’ve struggled with the steep spiral staircase to the bedroom level which ultimately proved to be a good exercise for me.  Although I still push myself to get upstairs, once there, my heart rate recovers quickly.

Cute little rabbit stopping by on a sunny morning.

Tomorrow morning, at 10:00 am we’re leaving the house to drive to Dublin where we’ll spend the night.  Once we arrived and get settled into our hotel, I’ll prepare a short post, the last from Ireland.  


The next post from there will be prepared in Amsterdam where we’ll stay for two nights awaiting the 12-night Baltic cruise.  From there, we’re off to England to fulfill a dream of living in the English countryside, in this case in four different locations over two months. 

At the bar in the restaurant Tigh Mheach.  (I dare you to pronounce this!)

From there, we’re off to the US for a two-plus months stay in several locations in three states; Minnesota, Nevada, and Arizona.


Watch for a post tomorrow, a few hours later then usual allowing us ample time to drive to Dublin.


Below is the total expenses for the three months we spent in Connemara with one night in Dublin:

Final Expenses – 89 nights*
Ireland 5/11/19 to 8/8/19 
                                       US Dollar             Euro   
Rent + Hotel                   $ 7500.36           6700.70
Air, Train, Ferry                  3853.17           3442.56
Taxi, Car Rental, Fuel         2967.03            2650.37
Entertainment                     275.00              245.68
Dining Out                          378.35              338.01
Groceries                          3434.90            3068.68
Misc., Tips, Cleaning           1046.81             935.20


TOTAL                             $19955.62         17381.00
Monthly Average                  6651.87           5967.95
Daily Average                        224.22             200.27


*In this particular case, the expenses were higher than originally budgeted due to the cost of the business class airfare for me for the long flight from South Africa to Ireland.  In the majority of cases, we both fly coach.


Enjoy the day and evening!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 7, 2018:

Four hornbills loving our birdfeeder.  For more photos, please click here.

Money, Money, Money…A song and also real life!….

Every evening around dusk, prior to Frank and the Mrs. (to his left) go off into the bush to “make their noise” announcing the beginning of the night, they stop by the veranda steps for birdseed which we happily provide for them.  Whatever is left is eaten by either the helmeted guinea fowl or believe it or not, the warthogs.

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

Every night the bushbabies find their way to their little stand and gobble up the fruity yogurt we place there.  They often tip the cup, occasionally dropping it to the ground.  Tom always picks it up and places it back on the stand for them.

Last night we paid the second big chunk of an installment for the upcoming Kenya tour in February.  It’s an expensive tour and we cringed over the price considering our budget constraints especially when last night we paid well over ZAR 73,437 (US $5,000) for the second of three installments as required by the tour contract.

Elephants on the Crocodile River enjoying their day.

Last week after we returned from Zambia and Botswana we paid rent for three upcoming months in Marloth Park, which is typical when living in rental holiday/vacation homes.  Generally, with popular properties, long-term renters pay large sums at a time, rather than paying monthly.

Most wildlife gravitates to the river for water, cooling off and rich sources of nourishment.

Most often, when having a permanent home, one doesn’t pay three, four or five months in advance.  Plus, when booking tours, vacations/holidays, it may be for only one or two trips a year.


For us, we have to pay so much in advance to secure plans for the future that it’s not surprising we cringe when having to lay out large sums of money well in advance of plans far down the road.

A hornbill and “Frank and the Mrs.” our resident francolins.

We use credit cards to pay for all of our expenses when we can’t use banking’s “bill pay” or send checks (which we consider an antiquated means of paying anyway in these high tech times). We prefer not to use “bank transfers” for security reasons.  


Keeping track of all of these transactions requires a tremendous amount of diligence and record keeping to maintain one’s sanity and sense of where we are financially at any given moment.

Two wildebeests, neither of them Wildebeest Willie, stopped by for treats with Tusker in the background and numerous helmeted guinea fowl who were hoping for a few pellets for themselves.

Every few months, we reviewed every upcoming dollar to be spent for current and future travels, referring to our comprehensive Excel spreadsheets of many pages.  On top of that, we must keep diligent records for tax purposes.


In our old lives, once a month we entered all our bills into our bank’s bill pay feature, never giving it much of a thought until the next month.  In this life, we must constantly stay on top of our current and future expenses, deposits paid, balances due and projected expenses for the future based on historical experience.

A mating pair of ostriches. The female is brown while the males are predominantly black.

Need I say, this is a daunting task that those considering long-term world travel may not consider.  It’s imperative when booking for the future to first consider the budget, above all other interests and desires.  


We don’t mean to sound like “tightwads” but, the future success of continuing the travel the world is entirely predicated by careful financial planning, as well as maintaining good health.  Both of these vital areas could easily “get away from us” if we weren’t a cautious as we’ve chosen to be.

Mom, Auntie, and Tiny Baby who only months ago was the tiniest warthog we’d ever seen.

One can easily imagine when living on a fixed income, how disastrous it could be to find oneself living beyond their means and running it money difficulties.  It would take away all of the joy and adventure of living this peculiar life on the move.

Wildebeest Willie stops by to check out the pellet action.

Instead, we carefully monitor all of our spending to ensure we stay within the confines of our budget.  Special purchases we may have once enjoyed are a thing of the past. 


Every financial move is calculated even to the point that we can’t dine out two or three times a week, nor can we flippantly select preferred rental cars, or even holiday rental homes.  Our most recent tiny, little car was ZAR 14,687 (US $1000) for three months (as mentioned in an earlier post).

Here again, Tusker is in the background awaiting an opportunity to get in on the pellet frenzy.  He visits several times a day while these or other zebras may stop by a few times a week.

And yes, we bounce around on these bumpy dirt roads more than ever in this recent car but it doesn’t keep us from getting out to explore as we have all along.  


As a matter of fact, after we spent most of the morning updating and working on the “money, money, money,” (click here for the Abba song) we’re excited to take off soon for another of those bumpy rides, always providing us with such pleasure to be a part of the magical world surrounding us here in the park.

This is our favorite warthog, Tusker.  He knows his name and turns around in one quick pivot when I call him.  It’s hysterical!  He’s actually very sweet to all of the other animals, politely waiting his turn.

For all of our reader/friends in the US, please have a safe and meaningful Labor Day weekend as you wind down the summer months.  Here in South Africa, we’re ramping us for spring to begin soon on September 21st.


We’re worlds apart in distance but close at hand in our hearts.  Happy day!

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Photo from one year ago today, September 1, 2017:

One year ago, we reviewed September firsts throughout the years of our travels including the above photo and caption here:  The day we arrived in Kenya on September 2, 2013, we were shocked to discover that there was no living room, no salon, no sofa, no chair nor a dining table and chairs on the interior of the house.  In other words, we spent three months living outdoors on this veranda with no screens, venomous insects on the floors, furniture, and walls and outrageous heat and humidity (no AC, no TV).  We adapted spending from 7 am to 11 pm outdoors every day for three months, less the time we went on safari in the Masai Mara.  What a good learning experience this was!  By the time we reached South Africa after leaving Kenya, we had no interest in being indoors in the two air-conditioned living rooms in the Marloth Park house.  Again, we spent every day and night outdoors!  How quickly us humans can adapt! For the one year ago post, please click here.

We’re back!! And they’re back, too!…Final expenses for Zambia and Botswana…Playful Chobe kudu video…

Our most recent bag of pellets contained a lot of dust.  As Tom began to sweep the dust from the pellets off the veranda’s edge these four kudus took a spot to begin licking off the dust

“Sighting of the Day on the Veranda”

This young male’s horns have started to sprout.  He was mature and experienced enough to know that looking into our eyes would reap some rewards.  How right, he is!

We’d intended to post more Zambia and Chobe National Park (Botswana) photos today but have decided to do so over these next several days instead.  We wanted to focus on the expenses today but something magical occurred this morning…we had a record-breaking 19 kudus come to call including moms and their offspring of varying ages.

There were more out of view of the camera for a total of 19 in our garden this morning, more than our prior record of 17.

There aren’t words in the English language that can describe the elation we felt as one-by-one they approached the veranda making direct eye contact with us.  Our hearts were pounding with sheer delight.  We couldn’t toss the pellets quickly enough.

Sixteen kudus in this photo with more on the sidelines.

It was great to be back at the bush house in Marloth Park.  Louise had arranged a deep “spring” cleaning as she’d done last time we were gone and the house was dust free and spotless.  They’d even rearranged and tidied the kitchen drawers I have a tendency to make messy from time to time.  We couldn’t have appreciated it more.

Kudus are smart.  They sure know how to grab our heartstrings.

No more than seconds after we pulled into the driveway, we had visitors waiting for us…Mr. Bushbuck and Ms. Bushbuck, Baby Bushbuck and Friend, who must have been waiting for our return.  Imagine their curiosity as to where we were for seven days and nights.  As I write this now, the three bushbucks are here, content to see we’re still here.

Shortly after their visit, Josiah came to thoroughly wash the veranda floor, preventing the spread of disease among the kudus.

We’d planned to go out for dinner after our arrival but neither of us felt like eating out again.  Instead, we stopped at the Spar Supermarket in Melalane while Tom stayed in the car with our luggage while I shopped, buying enough to last until well into next week.  This way we wouldn’t have to leave right away.

They each picked a spot, licking to their heart’s content.

By 1900 hours, 7:00 pm, we were pulling the steaks off the braai, the salad and vegetables were prepared and we were both completely unpacked, sorting piles of laundry to get done today.  (As it’s turned out, it’s a cloudy drizzly day and we’ve had to hang all the wet clothes on hangers throughout the house, after we had to bring them inside when it started raining).

Last night, as always, we set up the veranda for the evening and set the table for dinner.  We weren’t disappointed when several warthogs, a few kudus, our usual male duiker and the usual bushbuck family hung around while we dined.  (We never feed them any of the animals our leftover food.  They get pellets, fresh raw vegetables, and apples at this location), all fit for their consumption.

A few determined kudus, anxious for some greenery, began chomping on the “house” plants of the veranda.

As for the immigration situation, we’ll share the details in tomorrow’s post after we’d had an opportunity to do some research today.  The news is both good and not-so-good.  Somehow, we’ll figure it all out.

I’m back to feeling like myself again since the side effects of the malaria pills have finally worn off after stopping them two days ago.  After reading about the possibility of long-term side effects after stopping the pills, I’m relieved to feel great once again.

This kudu particularly liked the lemongrass plant.

I was a little queasy and dizzy on the return flight especially when it became turbulent for a while but once we landed, I felt better.  South African Airways is a good airline and we feel safe and comfortable flying with them overall.  

They offered a complimentary lunch but we both declined.  We’d have our last (included) breakfast at the hotel and had no problem waiting to eat again until dinner.

A determined oxpecker held on tight while this kudu participated in dining on the pellets.

We’re looking forward to seeing Louise and Danie later today when they mentioned they’ll be stopping by to say hello. Tomorrow night, we’re meeting up with Kathy and Don and friends for dinner at Jabula.  As usual, it will be another social weekend with both humans and animals.

We couldn’t be happier, nor could we be more grateful for this wonderful life we live.  Sure, it has its ups and downs as you’ve read as they occur and, in tomorrow’s post we’ll share a realistic down we must face going forward.  

This happened so quickly we barely had time to set the camera to video. It was fun to see this Big Daddy having a good time.

But, there’s always the joy of living in the moment, remembering the joys of what transpired in the past and the excitement of the treasures the future holds.

Here are the expenses we incurred for the seven-night trip to Zambia and Botswana as we continue to strive to extend our time in South Africa:

 Expense   US Dollar   South African Rand (ZAR) 
 Hotel & Flights (rt) 7 nights   $                  2,730.22  $                 39,073.66      
 Tours   $                     968.35  $                13,858,58        
 Taxi   $                       78.90  $                   1,129.18       
 Dining Out   $                     235.07  $                   3,364.21     
 Tip  $                       69.04  $                       988.07
 Visa (Zambia Immigration)   $                     160.00  $                    2,289.85
 Pharmacy & Misc.   $                       41.90  $                        599.65
 Total   $                 4,283.48  $                   61,303.20
 Avg Daily Cost    $                    611.93  $                      8,757.66

If you’d like to review our expenses for our last seven-night stay in Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, please click here.  These visa extension trips are pricey as shown.

May your day bring you joy!

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Photo from one year ago today, August 24, 2017:

We had the opportunity for numerous iguana sightings at the rescue center in Costa Rica.  For more photos, please click here.

Final expenses for Zambia trip…Heading back to Marloth Park…Hotel and other photos….

Three Egyptian geese on the shore of the Chobe River.

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

Bird’s nest at the  Protea Hotel by Marriott, Livingstone.

It was an exceptional trip and we’re so happy we had the opportunity to experience these three countries in Africa: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.  Each is unique in its own way and in each case, we felt welcomed, safe and in good hands as we embarked on our various tours.

Another aspect of this trip we’d failed to mention which greatly enhanced the experience in Zambia has been our seven-night stay at the Protea Hotel by Marriott, Livingstone.

The beautiful restaurant and bar at the Livingstone hotel at night.

Rated as a four-star hotel by various booking sites, we were thrilled to be able to stay in this convenient location with services and amenities befitting our criteria for comfortable travel.

Although the king room was typical for most mid-range hotels, the bed and bedding were of a good quality, the room amenities satisfactory including a hot kettle with supplies for coffee or tea, excellent air con, and much to our liking, windows that open with screens, an amenity rarely found in hotels.  Plus, good quality, complimentary Wi-Fi is included in the rooms and common areas.

The walkway from the guest rooms toward the lobby/entrance of the  Protea Hotel by Marriott, Livingstone.

Breakfast was included in our package which we purchased through Expedia on our website.  The complimentary meal was available beginning at 6:30 am, until 9:30 am with times changing on weekends from 6:30 am to 10:00 am. 

The food is hot, fresh and well prepared in a pleasing buffet with many options and special orders for eggs cooked to perfection. Most mornings, Tom had fried eggs and I had poached, except yesterday when I ordered an excellent omelet. 
The coffee and tea is served table side at no extra charge and many juices and water with lemon and orange slices is available at breakfast and throughout the day.

We dined at the hotel in this area during our seven-night stay.  The food and service were good.

On a few evenings, we dined at the hotel when we preferred to eat in. The food is good, although not necessarily exotic and can fulfill the needs of most tourists.  Preferring to experience a more authentic Zambian meal we ventured out on five of our seven nights.

Last night, we returned for a second time to the restaurant the locals consider #1 in Livingstone, listed on TripAdvisor as #4, Café Zambezi, a definitely exotic and inviting restaurant filled with local charm and culture.  Again, our meal was spectacular.

Bar seating area surrounded by a Koi pond.

The Protea Hotel by Marriott, Livingstone provides some of the most impeccable services we’ve seen in hotels during our years of world travel.  The staff is ultra friendly but in a genuinely kind and caring manner. 

They proved to respond to each request with the utmost of attention and detail.  Management staff is readily available often stopping by to say hello and asking of there was anything we needed. 

We highly recommend this hotel to any travelers seeking a pleasant, easy environment whether they’re in Zambia conducting business or visiting to see the many wonders in the area.  Most of the tours are within a 45-minute drive from the hotel.

We enjoyed a few drinks in this bar on a few evening. 

The hotel can arrange transportation to and from the airport and all of the tours through their highly competent concierge staff.  We had the fine opportunity to work with Mapoma Chipasha who went over-the-top to help in many ways in helping us with a few details. 

He’s highly competent and knowledgeable in arranging tours and may be reached at activities@phlivingstone.co.zm.  Yesterday, he provided me with a list of the events we engaged in during our seven-night stay. 

For kwacha 9550.92 (ZAR 11,826.34, US $944) a visitor can ask Mapoma to arrange all the same tours that made our experience in Zambia exceptional which includes:

1.  Round trip to the airport from the hotel
2.  Victoria Falls on the Zambia side with a private guide
3.  Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side with a private guide
4.  Chobe National Park safari with guide
5.  Chobe River safari with guide
6.  Lunch at Chobe Safari Lodge between the above two safaris
7.  Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River on the Lion King, appetizers, and all drinks included.
8.  Transportation and taxes are included in each of the above experiences.

Many other tours are available including many high adventures including white water rafting, bungee jumping, ziplining, parasailing, ultralights, helicopter rides (too expensive for our budget right now) and many more.

Huge bright pink rose.

Although we were very happy with our tour arranger, Chris Tours, many hotel guests feel more comfortable booking tours through their hotel.  No doubt, either option is highly satisfactory, most likely using the same companies and guides included in these popular local events.

Following is our usual final expenses, including figures also calculated for the South African Rand (ZAR):

 Expense   US Dollar   South African Rand (ZAR) 
 Hotel & Flights (rt) 7 nights   $                  2,730.22  $                      34,138.42
 Tours   $                     759.01  $                        9,490.59
 Taxi   $                        71.78  $                            897.53
 Dining Out   $                     131.00  $                        1,638.01
 Tip  $                     114.66  $                        1,433.70
 Visa (Zambia Immigration)   $                     100.00  $                        1,250.39
 Pharmacy & Misc.   $                        42.08  $                            526.16
 Total   $                  3,948.75  $                      49,374.80
 Avg Daily Cost    $                     564.11  $                        7,053.58


This morning, we’re off to the airport at 11:00 am.  Our flight is at 1:35 pm and we should be back in Marloth Park by 6:00 pm, considering the long drive from Nelspruit/Mpumalanga.

Yellow hibiscus on the ground of the hotel.

Our thanks to the hotel staff, our tour operator Chris Tours, Alec our tour driver, and all of the fine support staff that made this week-long experience one we’ll always cherish as one of the highlights of our world travels. 

We especially connected with our taxi driver Matthew who is a kind and generous man who is very chatty, offering a wealth of information on the area along with many local cultural morsels of wisdom.  Matthew may be reached at matthewsmoyo44@gmail.com.  If you plan to come to Zambia, he’s the guy to call for local transportation.

Pretty orange bloom.

Next time you hear from us, we’ll be back in Marloth Park sitting on the veranda while waiting for our “friends” to stop by for some pellets.  We were out of carrots and apples when we left, but I assure you, we’ll be heading to the market very soon.  Of course, we’re looking forward to seeing our human friends, too!

Have a glorious weekend!

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Photo from one year ago today, May 18, 2017:


The waning sun creates an impressive beam of light of the sea from the deck of the Celebrity Solstice in Alaska.  For more photos, please click here.

Hospital visit for the knee…Favorite photos from Buenos Aires…12 hour countdown until departure…What if we can’t post due to a poor signal?…

Our favorite graffiti art.

The Minnesota Vikings game last night was hard to watch.  They were brutally beaten leaving us fans sorely disappointed with but a tinge of hope for the future, as always.

By the time we got into bed last night, it was after midnight.  We both had a bad night’s sleep. As soon as I got into bed I noticed my leg was throbbing, more swollen and red.  I got up several times to ice it with no relief at all. I don’t think I slept for more than three hours and Tom didn’t do much better.

Fireworks on New Year’s Eve from our hotel rooftop.

This morning while preparing today’s post I told Tom the pain in my knee was worsening by the minutes, since last night.  With so little time remaining until our 3:15 am drive to the airport, I knew something had to be done.

We grabbed a taxi and headed to the large local private hospital recommended by our hotelier Alessandro, Santorio De Los Arcos, which was only a five-minute ride.  Within an hour I was seen by the doctor, examined and diagnosed with an infection.  

An adorable little e parrot sitting atop a bird bath.

No wonder my knee was red, hot and swollen, keeping me awake almost all night.  The entire bill for the emergency room visit and the prescription came to a grand total of US $62.68 (ARS $1,200)!  I wonder how much that would have cost in the US or other countries with outrageous medical costs.

The pharmacy is located next to the hospital.  Tom left me seated in a wheelchair in the lobby while he got the prescription for antibiotics filled.  Sure, I despise having to take antibiotics but I’d also despise having an infected leg situation escalate while in Antarctica. 

Carved-in-stone wall art.

I can’t express how grateful I am that we went to the hospital this morning.  Hopefully, the meds kick in soon and I’ll be on the mend and able to participate in.  When I fell the skin broke slightly.  When we returned to the hotel I washed it with hot soapy water and used hydrogen peroxide. 

Apparently, this wasn’t enough prevention to avoid an infection appearing three days later.  If we’d gone one or two days earlier the infection wouldn’t have been obvious and I wouldn’t have been given antibiotics.  Whew!  Safari luck!

More amazing wall art on the side of a building in Palermo.

Tonight, we’re hoping we’ll be tired enough to be able to fall asleep by 9:00 pm in order to awaken by 2:45 am to head out the door.  By this time tomorrow, we’ll have arrived in Ushuaia and at a local upscale hotel where we’ll have lunch and spend part of the day.

By 2:00 or 3:00 pm, we’ll be escorted to the pier in Ushuaia where we’ll board the ship and check in for the 5:00 pm sail away.  It won’t be until we’re onboard that we’ll be able to figure out the Wi-Fi situation and sign up for a plan, suitable for our needs. 

My favorite meal at La Cabrera where we dined five times during our 31-night stay in Buenos Aires. The small side cup is unsweetened buttery pumpkin mash.

There are many comments in the Ponant cruise documents that the Wi-Fi signal is not going to be good once we’re a distance from Ushuaia.  As for tomorrow’s post, we’re still hoping to have time to prepare it today and set it up for an automatic upload at the usual time tomorrow.  It will contain the final expenses for 31-night in at the Prodeo Hotel and a short review of the hotel.

Tom ordered this massive steak four our of five times at La Cabrera.

Please keep in mind, that we’ll be preparing a post daily for the 17-days we’ll be on the ship (actually, it’s 16-nights, but the cruise line refers to it as 17-days).  Certain days, perhaps three or four in a row or more, we won’t have a good enough signal to upload the posts. 


Once we receive a good signal, we’ll upload the posts for each of the days we’ve missed.  However, we’ll only be able to upload a few photos with each post, if at all.  Once the cruise ends, we’ll upload more of our photos and any remaining posts we’d yet to upload. 

Tom, at the botanical garden.

All in all, there will be 16 or 17 days of posts until we return to Buenos Aires on February 8th where we’ll stay for two more nights until departing for Africa.  During this period, we’ll make every attempt to get “caught up.”  If we don’t have enough time to do so, once we get settled in Marloth Park, we’ll finish the missing posts with photos.


This is a similar process as to when we were on safari in the Masai Mara and the Serengeti in Kenya in 2013.  We had an awful signal and couldn’t get most of our stories and photos uploaded until we were back in Diani Beach, Kenya.  But then, we posted a new story with photos each day, for many days.

After Tom’s excellent haircut at a little nearby barbershop.

Of course, we’ll be bombarded with new and exciting current events as they occur in Marloth Park during this period.  No worries, we’ll keep it all separated and easy to read.


Thanks to all of our readers who wrote to me offering prayers and warmest wishes for a fast recovery.  That means so much to both of us.  And, once again, we’re disappointed to be sharing another medical issue but, as we’ve always promised, we make every attempt to “tell it like it is.”

Me, at the botanical garden.

Please continue to check back each day for new posts and don’t be discouraged if an expected post isn’t available.  Please know, we are thinking of all of you and passionately taking Antarctica photos, excited to share it with all of you.

The mausoleum for the famous Duarte family including Evita (Duarte) Peron’s remains.

Hugs and best wishes to all of our friends/readers!  Stay well! We’ll “see” you again soon! (Hopefully, by tomorrow with the final expenses).
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Photo from one year ago today, January 22, 2017:

I had to take all of our photos as we arrived in Hobart, Tasmania while the car was moving due to a lack of shoulder which is always challenging.  For more photos, please click here.

Cruise to South America comes to an end – Final expenses and favorite photos…Tom’s 65th birthday…

Manta, Ecuador.

“Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising”

Torre De Las Couminicaciones or Antel Tower is a 157 tall meter building
on the shore of the bay in Montevideo, Uruguay.


We apologize for today’s late posting.  Disembarking the ship and getting settled in the hotel in Buenos Aires kept us busy all morning.  Tom is currently taking a short nap while I tackle today’s story.  Here we go!

Here’s our final expenses for the 30-night cruise to South America:

Expense US Dollar Notes
Cruise Fare  $                  8,388.32
Airfare   $                     246.42  Costa Rica to Miami 
Hotel in Miami  $                        18.46  Used credits Hotels.com 
Taxi   $                     130.00
Cabin Credit  $                   (550.00)
Wi-Fi  $                     430.00  inc. on second leg 
Gratuities  $                     405.00  inc. on second leg 
Tours & Restaurant  $                    351.86  inc dining  Miami & Cayman  
Additional Gratuities  $                     255.00
Cruise Bill for Purchases  $                     678.13  inc. camera 
Total  $                10,353.19
Avg Daily Cost – 31 days  $                     333.97  inc. one night in hotel in FL 

Feeling festive on the final night of the 30-night cruise, we stayed up way too late.  From the Cáptain’s Club happy hour party from 5:00 t0 7:00 pm, to the delightful dinner table of eight at the Trellis Restaurant to the fun chatting with our favorite bartender Kadak (from Bali) to visiting with more new friends in the Constellation Bar for the final “silent disco” the evening couldn’t have been more varied and fun.

Panama Canal.

At midnight we fell into bed exhausted. Hours earlier our packed and tagged bags had been taken from outside our cabin door to be stored overnight for morning pickup after the shuttle bus ride at 7:30 am to the port building.

Pisco, Peru.

We were up and about by 6:00 am, a little worn for the wear but anxious to get on our way to the Prodeo Hotel in the popular Palermo district of Buenos Aires.  It proved to be the quickest and most efficient debarkation we’ve had to date after 21 cruises in the past five years.

Arica, Chile.

Then, of course, today is Tom’s 65th birthday which with little merriment on the agenda, we reached the boutique hotel by 8:30 after a 30-minute taxi ride through the busy city.  Luckily, it was Saturday and the traffic was considerably lighter than we heard it could be.

Where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet in Cape Horn, the end of the world.

Buenos Aires is a city of over 12,000,000 people with some of the most harrowing and dangerous traffic in the world. As a result, we plan to do most of our sightseeing on the weekends, when it’s not quite as wild.

The Chilean Fiords.

In an attempt to keep costs to a minimum and to avoid staying in a less-than-desirable neighborhood, we chose this small hotel in the popular and more upscale Palermo district where we should be able to walk or take a short taxi ride for most of our needs.

Glaciers in the Straits of Magellan.

The hotelier has booked a dinner reservation for Tom’s birthday tonight at 6:00 pm not the later seatings at 10:00 or 11:00 pm, we’ve heard so much about as typical in Buenos Aires.  As tired as we are, an early evening will be in order.

Huge statue in Puerto Montt, Chile.

As I finally write here now sitting in our somewhat stylish room, we’re in a quandary about a few things.  The water isn’t potable so we’ll have to go out and purchase bottled water.

The Chilean Fiords.

There’s a virtual laundry list of items we’ll need to be a little more at ease but we’ll report back on these tomorrow once we have a chance to speak to the person in charge, Alessandro, whom we’ll meet with as soon as I upload this post. 

Lizard eating vegetation at the park in Manta, Ecuador.

Tom watched the first of five Minnesota Vikings games he missed while on the cruise, while I unpacked as best as I could with no available drawers and little closet space. We have a few ideas we’ll run by Alessandro hoping for a viable solution.

Sun setting while at sea.

We loved the cruise; the wonderful friends we made; the ports of call and the many days at sea.  Sure, there’s always a few areas one could complain about but we seldom care to spend time whinging about what is wrong when so much is right, the same of which is true here at this affordable hotel.

Us with new friends, Lisa and Barry whom we’ll see again in June.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Buenos Aires photos, our dinner out tonight for Tom’s birthday and more.

Barry, Lisa, Me and Tom at dinner in the private wine room at Tuscan Grill specialty restaurant.

Thanks to all of our dear readers for staying with us during the lengthy cruise including the quiet seas days when we had less to share.  We appreciate each and every one of you.

Typical street with historic buildings in Montevideo, Uruguay,

And, happy birthday to the man of my dreams, who provides me with a life of joyful splendor and perpetual playful anticipation,  I love you with all of my heart.

Produce stand in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 23, 2016:


Mersey Beach bluff in Tasmania, where we dined for Tom’s birthday.  For more details, please click here.

Dining in Nicaragua…Returning to Costa Rica this morning…Final expenses for the weekend in Managua…

Tom slathered this entire warm Italian loaf with garlic butter, savoring every last bite. 

When we decided to fly to Managua as opposed to the long drive through the rain soaked countryside, we planned to stay only two nights.  Having our passports stamped in another country, allowing us to re-enter Costa Rica for our additional 23 nights, with the low cost of airfare and unused credit toward “free hotel nights,” it made sense to fly in and out.

The round trip airfare with Avianca for both of us was US $308.12 and we paid only a little over US $199  (CRC 113,285) for both nights using our accumulated credits with Hotels.com on our site.  The usual rate for this hotel is US $200 (CRC 113,854) a night.  Thus, we saved about US $200 (CRC 113,854).

We were served two of these meat filled pockets as a complimentary item for our dinner.  In a puff pastry, Tom ate both of them.

It was still a somewhat pricey weekend but a lot less than we’d have spent staying in Fort Lauderdale Florida for the remaining 23 nights or in paying for an actual visa extension which is costly and time-consuming.


Here are the total expenses for the two nights including all costs:

 Expense   US Dollar   Costa Rica Colones 
 Hotel – 2 nights    $                     199.84
 113,763
 Flight – Round trip   $                     308.12
 175,404
 Taxi  $                        50.00
 28,464
 Dining in Restaurants   $                     105.00
 59,774
 Miscellaneous   $                        22.00
 12,524
 Tips   $                        25.00
 14,232
 Total   $                     709.96
 404,160
 Avg Daily Cost    $                     354.88
 202,023

As much as we’d prefer cost not to be a factor in our travels, it’s a reality we must diligently monitor.  Without transportation over the weekend and the high costs of tours, we were left to our own devices for photo ops and entertainment. For us, this is easy to do.

The meat filling inside the beef pocket.

As mentioned in many prior posts, the recent outlay of cash for several upcoming events sent us into a state of diligent and frugal spending.  We’re watching every last penny. 

Once we arrive and get settled in South Africa, we’ll be able to begin to replenish the coffers.  While there, we’ll be able to save for the big adventures we’re planning while living on the African continent. 


Tom’s rib eye steak was done to perfection, tender and delicious.

No tours in Costa Rica or Nicaragua could quite match our objectives at this time.  No offense to either country both of which are rife with gorgeous scenery and wildlife.  Its no wonder we’re wrapped up in the birds visiting the villa.  There’s no extra cost to take photos of the fascinating creatures.

In 55 days,  we’ll be spending a month in Buenos Aires Argentina living in a hotel and dining out for dinner each night (breakfast is included at the hotel we’ve already booked).  There again, budgetary concerns prevail. 


I should have taken the photo after I cut into this ultra rare tenderloin.  It was the most rare steak I’d ever eaten.

Fortunately, we’ll be in a good neighborhood in Buenos Aires with access to public transportation which should allow us to get out on our own without paying for pricey tours.  We’ve spotted many venues appealing to our tastes.

Speaking of tastes…Saturday night’s dinner at the hotel’s highly rated restaurant Factory Steak and Lobster was good but not great.  The language barrier made ordering my special items cumbersome.  Luckily, I’ve learned enough Spanish to be able to get the basics handled.

My grilled vegetables included aubergine (eggplant) zucchini and tomato.

My best option was to order the tenderloin with a salad (sour cream on the side) and a small side dish of grilled vegetables.  I always order steak rare but in this case, it was too rare.  Gordon Ramsey would have yelled, “My God, it’s still moving!”  Trying to explain how much more to cook it, was seeming to be impossible.

As a result, I probably ate 60% of it.  It was tender and tasty but not quite right. There was no point in taking a “doggy bag.”  Not only was there no doggy but with the complimentary buffet breakfast the next morning, it made no sense.  I don’t snack during the day.  Still full in the morning, I had a smallish breakfast of veggies, cheese and smoked salmon.

Saturday night, Tom ordered a rib-eye which was cooked properly and was tender and juicy with a good flavor.  He ate an entire loaf of bread as shown in the photo.  He hadn’t had a bite of bread in many months. I kept my mouth shut as he enjoyed the bread along with his mashed potatoes and gravy.

On Saturday night, after dinner we wandered through the pool area.

We’d hoped to get out to another restaurant last night after walking around the neighborhood and checking menus there we no options for me.   With rave reviews on the food at The Market Restaurant in the hotel and the need to get up at 5:00 am today, we decided to stay in for what proved to be a pleasant meal suitable for my way of eating. 

After dinner we lounged in our room watching a TV show we haven’t had available since 2015 when we lived on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji…Nat Geo Wild.  Watching those series leaves us reeling with excitement over “where we’ve been and what we’ve seen” and, “what is yet to come.”  Astounding!

Dessert options after dinner.  We didn’t partake.  But “food voyeur” that I am, it was fun just looking at them.

Today, as you read this post, most likely we’ll already be back in Costa Rica.  Our plane lands at 10:00 am and with the taxi ride, we should be back at the villa between 11:00 and 11:30 providing there are no flight delays as we experienced when we arrived in Nicaragua.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with more photos from our short weekend away, excited to share our enthusiasm on the actual date of our five-year anniversary of traveling the world.  We’ll be posting past celebratory events as we observed each passing year. Please stop by and celebrate with us!

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 Photo from one year ago today, October 30, 2016:

Seeing that the ship had arrived at the port in Sydney was always exciting for us.  One year ago today it was October 30th in the USA and our 4th travel anniversary.  However it was October 31st in Australia due to the International Dateline. This was our 15th and 16th cruises, back-to-back, considered to be two separate cruises.  For more photos please click here.

Final expenses for 25 days in Nevada…Back out “to the world tomorrow!”….A new normal…

Mountain view on a rare cloudy day.

This morning I packed my one suitcase of clothing and collected items for our supplies bag.  My bag weighs well under the 50 lb maximum (23 kg).  Surely today, I’ll find odds and ends to get me up to the 23 kg maximum allowed by the airlines.


In a way, it’s bittersweet, packing and leaving the US once again for the next two years when once again we’ll return to visit family.  Next time, we won’t stay quite as long, most likely for a total of one month between Minnesota and Nevada giving us plenty of time to be with family and friends.

Here are our total expenses for the 25 nights in Henderson Nevada:

 Expense   US Dollar 
Housing (Richard’s home)   $                         
 Gifts & Misc.   $                  299.00
 Airfare    $               1,137.00
 Rental Car & Fuel  $                  926.00
 Groceries   $               1,245.30
 Dining Out   $                  402.52
 Supplies & Pharmacy   $                  609.32
 Entertainment   $                  310.25
 Total   $               4,929.39
 Avg Daily Cost 25 days   $                  197.18

Now, as we pack and make the necessary preparations to continue our world journey, we’ve further discovered that this nomadic life we live is definitely our “new normal.” 

There’s no way we can envision living in one place, renting a condo somewhere and returning to a life of owning “stuff,” shopping among the crowds, waiting in traffic, and considering times to go out based on when “rush hour” ends.  That’s no longer who we are.

We ask ourselves, “Was that ever us anyway?”

Two Mallards sharing a rock in the pond at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

As we’ve melded into life in convenient Henderson Nevada over these past 25 days, we realize how far removed this easy life is from our reality.  Living in constant temperature controlled comfort, with nary an insect in sight, with little wildlife and nature surrounding us, we’re literally starving to be living in a challenging environment.

To be surrounded by nature, including the good and not so good, and the occasional discomforts that remind us of our humanness and vulnerability, is where we long to be.

One of eight ponds in the preserve.

That’s not to say that living in a luxury villa in Costa Rica will be tough.It will be easy in most ways.  But, we’ll be surrounded by expansive views, varying temperatures and climate and some of the finest wildlife in the world. 

Costa Rica is a country rich in unique and colorful inhabitants, both human and animal.  Yes, modern conveniences will be enjoyed and appreciated but never taken for granted.  Our goals will still be to focus on that which always appeals to us the most.

Is this a weather ball I shot from a distance?

We have a plethora of tasks to complete while in Costa Rica including tax stuff, visa extensions,  trips to a dentist (we’ve both lost a few fillings), other financial “paperwork” and beginning the process of preparing for the Antarctica cruise which requires medical certifications and tons of forms to complete.

We hope to get as much of this “work” completed shortly after we arrive to leave us ample time to focus on our interests in culture and in taking photos of the extraordinary scenery and wildlife that Costa Rica offers in abundance.

Today, we’ll complete the packing, make a quick trip to the market to replace any paper products and supplies we used while living in Richard’s home (he doesn’t expect this but, that’s just us) and fill the little white car with fuel. 

Mountains surround the Las Vegas valley.

Tonight, we’ll all dine on the leftover pizza which I made yesterday with a new salad I’ll make today.  Overall, with as much as we’ve already completed, the day won’t be much busier than most.  Thanks, Richard, for an excellent stay in your beautiful home!

Tomorrow, we’ll post from the airport while we await our flight.  We’re leaving for the airport at 8:30 am although our flight isn’t until 11:25 am.  Returning the rental car is far from the airport and requires a 10 minute or more ride in a shuttle to return to the airport where I’ll be waiting for Tom.

Tom feels more comfortable leaving for the airport earlier rather than later.  I’m fine with that since it is an international flight after all and I’ll have more time to upload a new post while we’re waiting.

We’ll be back tomorrow with some favorite Nevada photos and our goodbyes once again to the USA as we continue on our “new normal.”  We can’t stop smiling.

May your day bring many smiles!

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Photo from one year ago today, July 31, 2016:

One of two long piers in Chalong Bay.  At that time I was still recovering from the spine injury in Bali occurring on June 1, 2016, and I wasn’t able to make the long walk on the pier. Now, I wouldn’t have thought about it twice.  For more photos, please click here.