Preliminary planing (confusion?)

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I (Art) first started thinking about going to Africa many years ago after a short stopover.  Just kicking around ideas for a vacation I mentioned Africa and my wife (Yo) and our friend Xuchi jumped on the idea.  As ideas go, we shared it with another friend, Karrie, who in turn shared it with her family, Shinja (Mom), Alan (Dad) and Amy (sister).  From the three we grew rapidly to seven.  For seven people to come together with the same goal is good but to have these seven people become friends is great.  Each person selected different responsibilites and, working together, we decided where we were going, how we were getting there and what we were doing.  Sure makes life a lot easier that way.

We have also met, via email, some of the nicest and most helpful people.  Everyone we have been in contact with in South Africa is willing, and happy, to help and give advice.  We hope to meet as many of them as we can.  And, as they are representative of the people there, we know we'll have a great time and make new friends.

We left Miami for Madrid on the October 8th.  We spent a day in Madrid.  From what we've seen a week or longer would have been better but, alas, time is short. 

Latest Note (November 11th, 2008):

We are back and have thousands of photos between us.  The plan is to add photos initially when we add the dialog.  After editing we will each add more to the final blog.  At this point this is a work in process.

We hope you all will enjoy our trip by following along.  We know we had the trip of a lifetime.  Please feel free to make comments as this is our first travel blog and any help or tips are always appreciated.  We will, as well, answer any questions concerning all aspects of it. 

Any comments or ratings are greatly appreciated.  This is our first attempt at a blog so let us know how we can improve it.

Art, for the group
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