Good-Bye South Africa

This is my final posting for the South Africa blog. Surrounded by suitcases ready to be filled, it’s time to pack up belongings and memories and return to New York.

What a wonderful adventure this has been! As I look over the blog postings, I’m reminded of the welcoming school children, the dedicated educators and conservationists, the amazing animal life, and the natural beauty everywhere I looked. 

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It’s a sign!

I have a confession to make. Some people think it’s a bit strange. Some think it’s just plain weird. Let me see if I can explain it in a way that it will make sense to you.


I’m fascinated by road signs…. especially when I’m in a different country. Talking directly to me, they’re a reminder I’m no longer in New York. As Dorothy would say, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore”.

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Let’s be honest. American money is a little bit…..well, you know…..b-o-r-i-n-g. I mean, it’s all the same size, all the same color, the faces of the dead presidents aren’t that interesting to look at, are they? Take a look at the South African bills. Don’t you think they’re much more interesting?

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Naledi and Jessica Visit World of Birds and Wildlife Sanctuary

Last weekend, Naledi and Jessica joined me at World of Birds and Wildlife Sanctuary in Hout Bay, South Africa. Some of the animals are cute, some are exotic, some are just plain weird looking, but all of them are loved and taken care of at this animal sanctuary. Most are here because they’ve been injured. Some were pets at one time, but were later abandoned by their owners.

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What Do You Do with Elephant Snot?

I got to take Jabu for a walk! Her trunk felt rough and was quite heavy.

Here’s a very serious question for you to ponder. What do you do with the elephant snot in your hand after taking your elephant for a walk? This is the dilemma I faced when I visited The Elephant Sanctuary near Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. Watch the video below for one possible answer.

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