Down Under

Down Under!

Hyams Beach, New South Wales

The Bali Airport wasn’t our favorite.  Standing in line for two hours to get our entry visas was tortuous.  On the flip side, the pain on our departure was due to self-inflicted wounds.

“Can I see your Australian visas?” asked the agent at check-in.  Yeah, sure.  Er…our what?  Apparently the process is a formality, but U.S. citizens are required to apply for a visa (an “electronic travel authority”) forty-eight hours prior to arrival.  We hadn’t.  And we weren’t allowed on the plane.  The gate agent shrugged helplessly, there was nothing he could do to help. Continue reading


The Little Karoo

Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn

Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn

We left Cape Agulhas and headed northeast along the coast for a few hours before turning inland for the last section of the drive.  Our destination was the town of Oudtshoorn.  Located in the the Little Karoo, an arid semi-desert region of South Africa, Oudtshoorn’s claim to fame is as the ostrich capital of the world. Continue reading