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The Road to a Russian Visa

Jun 20, 2009 Comments Off by

The day has come. I have filled my application out, created my cover letter, received my invitation & confirmation and sent everything off to Red Star Travel in Seattle, Washington. Hopefully I should know by the middle of next week as to whether I have been approved or denied this visa. . . Let’s keep […]

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The Woes of a Russian Visa

May 16, 2009 Comments Off by

Who would have thought that getting a visa would be so much work and so much money… for those of you who don’t know, a visa is a stamp or sometimes a sticker which indicates that a person is authorized to enter the country in which the visa was issues. It is subject to permission […]

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From Russia (Россия) With Love

May 15, 2009 Comments Off by

Today I looking online and came across a deal that is just too good to pass up. Roundtrip airfare to Moscow for just $585. So I had to snatch it up, a mere $235 more than flying to New York. The flight information is: 03-september-09 (D) Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport 15:10 operated by Northwest Airlines […]

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The End of a Journey

Apr 29, 2009 Comments Off

As I departed Gabarone, Botswana for the 6 hour bus ride to Johannesburg, South Africa I began to reflect on the journey I had just undertaken. What began as a 30 day journey through Southern Africa was quickly coming to an end. Time seems to go quicker each time I leave as it seemed almost […]

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Beating Around the Bush in Botswana

Apr 24, 2009 Comments Off

I really am surprised how easy it is to travel between many of these African countries. I took a mini bus from Livingstone, Zambia to the border station of Kazungula where I received my exit stamp. From here I boarded a speedboat which whisked me across the Zambezi River in less than 5 minutes to […]

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Mosi-oa-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders

Apr 15, 2009 Comments Off

When Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone first laid eyes on Mosi-ao-Tunya he recorded in his journal, “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It has never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Victoria Falls […]

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Wildlife & Sand: Namibia

Apr 09, 2009 Comments Off

I arrived in Windhoek, Namibia on the 3rd of April and relaxed for much of the day while making some last minute preparations for the safari on the next day. For the most part, Windhoek appears to be a fairly unattractive city. But the one thing that it is not lacking in is crime, which […]

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Matt Damon on Table Mountain

Apr 03, 2009 Comments Off

What are the first things that you think about when you hear, South Africa?     Wildlife, Apartheid, Nelson Mandela, High Crime Rates – these are what came to my mind when I first thought about coming to this part of the world, and although I wasn’t meant to spend much time here in the Republic of […]

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My African Adventure Begins

Mar 29, 2009 Comments Off

Current Location:     Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Nederland Local Time:             7:20 (00:20 CST) Well here I am beginning another adventure. It hardly seems right that only 7-months I was in Iceland and now here I am heading to Southern Africa. Currently I am sitting in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam awaiting the departure of my flight […]

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Aircraft Changes Loaded, pt 2

Feb 28, 2009 Comments Off

Today via e-mail I have been informed that my flight from JNB to AMS has been downgauged yet upgraded from a Boeing 747-400 (combi) to Boeing 777-200ER. The times still remain the same. Photo (c) Daniël E. Cronk, 2008 – Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Nederland Boeing 747-400 Combi Boeing 777-200ER Overall length 70.6 m (231 ft […]

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Aircraft Changes Loaded

Feb 12, 2009 Comments Off

Today via e-mail I have been informed that my flight from MSP to AMS has been downgauged from an Airbus 330-300 to an Airbus 330-200. The times still remain the same. Photo (c) Daniël E. Cronk, 2008 – Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Nederland Airbus 330-300 Airbus 330-200 Overall length 63.6 m (208 ft 10 in) 58.8 […]

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