Home sweet home and final thoughts
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After 25 hours of flying and waiting at airports, Iâ€™m back in
If missing Christmas one year was the price I had to pay for seeing Africa, then it was worth it. Africa was everything I hoped it would be. I hope you had as much fun reading my blog as I have had writing it.
A few readers have already told me Iâ€™m crazy! Itâ€™s not exactly the reaction I was going for. I expected people to say â€śWow, Africa, eh? Brave girl...â€ť Instead the only response Iâ€™ve gotten is â€śSheâ€™s crazy and stupidâ€ť. Wonderful! Iâ€™ll have to use this blog entry to explain myselfâ€¦
The crocodile fascination:
Some readers seem to think I signed up for crocodile research asking for trouble.
The shark fascination:
When I was shark watching in South Africa, I never felt like the boat was going to be attacked by a giant shark. Come on, people. Thatâ€™s movie material. The shark we saw was scared of the boat.
That behaviour doesnâ€™t tally with the accusation that shark diving companies train sharks to associate humans with food either. The sharks werenâ€™t exactly lining up to snack on us: we were at sea for four hours, and in the last 20 minutes, we saw a single shark.
The predator fascination:
A lot of people donâ€™t understand why I like predators.
The solo female traveller fascination:
Travelling solo in Africa isnâ€™t as uncommon as one might think. And as long as you use common sense and keep your wits, you should be fine.
Hitching a ride on a coal truck wasnâ€™t planned, but it doesnâ€™t mean I hadnâ€™t given it any thought before. Iâ€™d been told by people whoâ€™d travelled around the region for a few months that nobody recommends hitching, but Botswana is the only country where that rule is an exception.
Anyway, if anyone reading this is heading to Africa and wants to ask anything â€“ anything at all â€“ send me a message! I love questions. If youâ€™re reading this because youâ€™re umm-ing and ahh-ing about going to Africa, go! It will exceed your expectations.