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Thursday, April 15, 1999
Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa:
Latitude: 29° 50' 1" South
Longitude: 31° 0' 58" East
Altitude: 211 feet
From Seattle: 12033 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Tekweni

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Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: KwaZulu-Natal
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 735
Linear Dist: 141670
Countries Visited: 53
Regions Visited: 209
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Hotels: 204
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 107
Hostels: 202
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2836
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Journal Entry:
Slept in a bit, then while Dean took the car to the mechanic the rest of us got our laundry together. After Dean returned we dropped off our laundry. I thought the others were heading to the internet cafe so I stopped at a bank with the intention of meeting up with them again. Somehow our wires crossed and when I got to the cafe they were no where to be seen. I did email, then started browsing old photos form my journal, then started looking on Lonely Planet's "Thorn Tree" for dive club recommendations for St. Lucia and Sodwana Bay, but ended up answering questions about Guinea, Namibia, and Botswana. Four and a half hours later...

Spent a good hour trying to find the shopping center where I could get my film developed and got there five minutes after they closed. Tried to find a taxi for the ride back to the Laundromat when I realized I had the pickup ticket and they were going to close in a half hour, but ended up catching a ride with a local guy being the small world that it is it turned out that he was dating the manager of Tekweni (our hostel). At the laundromat found out that Joy had persuaded the woman to give her the laundry without the claim ticket so I walked home.

Had leftovers for dinner (still nice) and headed out for a couple drinks with Joy, Dean, and Darrelle (Brett is feeling sick). Second place we hit (Bonkers), has having happy hour until nine (doubles for the price of singles) - and it was a quarter two, and we were doing rounds - so we ended up having three very stiff drinks quite quickly. Darrelle was ready for bed so we headed back to the hostel. I felt like I'd had enough to drink so I stayed and hung out playing pool and talking with some of the other guests while Joy and Dean headed back out. Even staying in didn't get to bed until three...


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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