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Chris and Charly's African Adventure

a travel blog by chrischarly


This is our blog to keep all friends and family updated on our excellent adventure We hope to keep it short and not boring; updating when and where possible.
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Prep, prep and ,more prep

Coventry, United Kingdom


Still planning, and still lots to do. Have provisional itinerary and still awaiting confirmation if we can get a 4WD in Africa or we may have to startoff backpacking. Charly bought her sandals, very excited. Lots of shopping to do over next 2 weeks.

permalink written by  chrischarly on June 28, 2010 from Coventry, United Kingdom
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Charly's Leaving Party

Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom


In order to ensure that I could see everyone, my Mum decided that it would be a good idea to organise a leaving party for any family and friends to attend before Chris and myself head down to Essex.


This was at The George in Shipston where I used to work. It went surprisingly well considering all my family were in the same room together; no arguments or bitchiness occurred.

Apart from the fact that nothing was ready when I arrived and the food was a disaster and seriously late we had a good and relaxing evening and I pleased that most of the people I care about made an appearance.

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 4, 2010 from Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom
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Bye Bye Tysoe

Oxhill, United Kingdom


Finally things are starting to get exciting. I've packed up all my things in a bin-bag to sort when I get down to Essex to meet Chris. I say good-bye to Mum and family, pretty nervous now

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 9, 2010 from Oxhill, United Kingdom
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Chris' Leaving Party

Rayleigh, United Kingdom


After two manic and stressful days in the Joel house-hold Chris held his leaving party. As usual Chris didn't hold back on cooking for the 5000. It was a great turn out and also meant that I finally got the chance to meet some of Chris' closest friends. It was a gorgeous day and everything went smoothly thanks to Chris' parents planning and organising. All we have to do now is pack, only three more days before we fly...

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 10, 2010 from Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Last Lazy Sunday

Rayleigh, United Kingdom


Had a relaxing day today- lovely. Couple of glasses of wine, Last chance to watch EastEnders omnibus and The World Cup Final. Early night and then packing and panic-shopping tomorrow. However, got bitten twice last night and still in the U.K... not a good sign :(

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 11, 2010 from Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Nicest friend in the world... EVER!!

Rayleigh, United Kingdom


Today, and yes I realise that it is pretty late, but we've just sorted out our first place to stay! One of my friends, Sanette lives in Johannesburg, S.A and has just said that we can go and stay with her once we land! So excited to be seeing her again; it has just been far too long! Her father has even said that he will pick us up. It just makes you realise just how lovely true friends are and we are truly grateful!...

We also did a trial pack with our luggage, and although we are just taking 90L capacity with us will still had quite a bit of room still left so that's reassuring especially after spending a further £65 in Boots today!...

We're getting VERY excited now!!!

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 12, 2010 from Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Last full day in the U.K

Rayleigh, United Kingdom


It's our last full day and pretty much everything done... went for a yummy pizza at Chris' cousin's restaurant with his family. However, it still hasn't sunk in :S

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 13, 2010 from Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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bbq and fireworks

Rayleigh, United Kingdom


Tonight we had a bbq and enjoyed having a few drinks in the uk for the last time in 15 months. We had a great night wiv Neil and hazel coming down. I don't know about Chris but I'm pretty sacred now ...

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 13, 2010 from Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Time to Fly

Heathrow, United Kingdom


After finally fitting everything into our bags, we are now all set to go to the airport! Chris' parents gave us a lift to Heathrow and although the traffic on the M25 was pretty bad, we made it with plenty of time to have a quick drink before flying.

Very nervous. Very excited, BYE BYE U.K!!

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 14, 2010 from Heathrow, United Kingdom
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Arriving in Johannesburg!

Johannesburg, South Africa


Finally we are at our first destination! The flight was pretty busy and although the air-stewards were stingy with supplying us with water, we had a comfortable flight. Sanette's father was waiting for us which was perfect timing as it stopped pestering-porters from hasseling us too much! He then took us to a huge flower market on-route to his gorgeous home, where we have been really looked after and we can definately say that we are NOT slumming it whatsoever! However, Johannesburg is FREEZING!!

permalink written by  chrischarly on July 15, 2010 from Johannesburg, South Africa
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