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Wednesday, January 13, 1999
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa:
Latitude: 26° 7' 46" South
Longitude: 28° 1' 48" East
Altitude: 5306 feet
From Seattle: 11663 miles
Lodging: Hostel - The Backpacker's Ritz

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Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: Gauteng
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 643
Linear Dist: 134925
Countries Visited: 49
Regions Visited: 183
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Hotels: 197
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 77
Hostels: 152
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2249
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Journal Entry:
Stu took off early to see Kruger National Park before heading back to Australia. Spent the morning playing with my new camera. Joy and I went to Sandton City - reportedly the best mall in Johannesburg. I Handed over a random roll of film to be developed at a photo lab at the mall. Went and saw the new Jackie Chan movie, Rush Hour (pretty good). After the film went to pick up my film - quite a shock, the negatives are black, the film was completely exposed.

I looked up the roll in my journal and it's from Morocco. There are a couple possibilities, something wrong with the film or something wrong with my camera. If something was wrong with the film (or the developer screwed up), then I lost one roll and that's bad, but the other possibilities are something ruined the film (X-rays? Heat?) or the camera is broken - either means I've lost the last four months of photos - nearly 500 frames in twelve countries. I bought a fresh roll of film that I'll run through the camera and tomorrow I'll develop it and another roll to find out. Right now I'm very scared.

Joy and I went by the hospital to visit Dean, but he was asleep. Went back to our pub for diner, cards, and pool. Then off to see the late showing (yes, the second movie of the day) of Rounders - it was excellent.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Johannesburg
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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