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I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by AndreaB » Thu May 12, 2016 4:17 pm

Ok, so I am still actually writing my TR from my last trip and I havent even travelled from the flatlands yet to start the next one, but this insidious and incurable illness of Krugeritis has slowly but inexorably been leading me to a path where not only my heart but my work will be in South Africa :wink:

I will still be based in Amsterdam for now but will make quarterly trips to the Rainbow nation which can be neatly combined with the odd few days off and a trip to Kruger, which is precisely what will happen in June.

Longterm and that could be as soon as 12 months, I could very likely be relocating back to SA and while some may think I am totally off my rocker, I cannot imagine a more perfect scenario!

I know most of you will be familiar with this poem, but it truly says it all for me, I first visited South Africa 30 years ago and lived there for 10 years but not a day goes by when I do not think of it and miss it....

When you have acquired a taste for dust,
The scent of our first rain,
You’re hooked on Africa for life
And you will not be right again
Until you can watch the setting moon
And hear the jackals bark
And know they are around you,
Waiting in the dark.
When you long to see the elephants,
Or to hear the coucals song
When the moonrise sets your blood on fire
You have been away too long.
It is time to cut the traces loose
And let your heart go free
beyond that for the horizon,
Where your spirit yearns to be.
For Africa infects the soul
And sets ones senses free
It’s special gifts – sight, sound and smell
Pervade incessantly.
For in this world of chaos,
Where hatred rules supreme
My heart turns again to Africa
And I relive my dream.

- E Dibb


Anyways, watch this space, 6 bonus nights in Kruger, lets see what we can come up with ..... :D
11-13 June Pretoriuskop
13 -14 June Satara
15-16 June Shingwedzi

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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by hilda » Thu May 12, 2016 4:33 pm

Wow! Looking forward to read all about it AndreaB! :dance: :dance:
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20 - 22 October - Punda Maria
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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri May 13, 2016 5:48 am

The poem says it all. 8) Most evocative and tastes and smells of Africa. Africa speaks to the soul. It is our Cradle.

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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri May 13, 2016 6:46 am

I share those sentiments! Looking forward to hear about your bonus nights!

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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by manicwalker » Fri May 13, 2016 6:58 am

:dance: :clap: :popcorn:
Waiting with great interest!
Good luck and hope all goes well! :thumbs_up:

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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri May 13, 2016 7:16 am

Great poem AndreaB :clap: :clap: :clap: I am looking forward reading more :thumbs_up:
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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by PNF » Fri May 13, 2016 7:53 am

Lovely poem, Andrea and Oh so true..............once Africa bites, you're hooked - it is never out of your bloodstream :)

Look forward to this TR :D :popcorn:
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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by TigerTommy » Fri May 13, 2016 12:42 pm

Brilliant opportunity AndreaB and looking forward to reading about your bonus nights.

Lovely poem to get us in the mood, I couldn't agree with the words anymore.

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Re: I have acquired a taste for the dust...

Unread post by phhun » Wed May 18, 2016 6:16 pm

Hope you have a lovely trip, Andrea.
Happy trails :D
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