Elephants, just what the doctor ordered!

16 Aug

Howdy folks,

Well after my last blog post you were probably thinking that being in the middle of Africa may not be the best place to be, and trust me I thought the same a few times as well. But Africa has elephants!

I think it is impossible to be thinking about any “worries about tomorrow” or “regrets over yesterday” while watching these majestic creatures amble by. Oh, by the way if anyone is wondering why I talk about these worries and regrets it is because it originates from my favourite quote, the quote that my tattoos on my back represent. It goes:

“Regrets over yesterday, and worries about tomorrow, are the twin thieves that rob you of the moment”. ANON

Michael Linke the founder of BEN, Namibia has been in town for some training and the opening of our container which opened on Friday (I will post some photos). This weekend past I went along with him and his friend on a camping trip to the nearby Bwabwata National park (Caprivi game reserve). The same park that Mandy and I cycled through for 190km on our way to Katima.

After a challenging week for me, it was just what the doctor ordered. Good company, plenty of laughs, a few wines and plenty of elephants and hippos. For those of you wondering how Mandy is doing? She is experiencing Africa before heading back home. She spent last week at one of Southern Africa’s top 4 game reserves in Zambia, she saw everything and described it as magical. She just texted today saying that after a day long bus ride she has arrived on the shores of Lake Malawi for some much needed rest and relaxation and no doubt beer!

As you can imagine I have plenty of photos of elephants, but have only added a few. And Sich, I got about 3 hours of elephant footage for the doco! (just kidding, only 2.5 hours)


4 Responses to “Elephants, just what the doctor ordered!”

  1. Pauline August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    It’s funny…I was dreaming about elephants last night and I kept asking what was the word in Spanish for elephant and nobody knew it…I’m going to ask Mandy…glad that you are enjoying Africa

    • Hap August 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Pauline,
      Yes, I very much enjoyed my time in the game reserve, seeing the animals, it was truly amazing and as I said it was just what the doctor ordered. Elephant in spanish is “Elefante”, they made the one easy for us. I heard from Mandy, sounds like she is having a great time on Lake Malawi, she has an amazing bungalow right on the lake front for only $14! Not long now until she is back to Melbourne and then onto the States to be reunited with you guys.
      I hope you are doing well.
      Love Hap

  2. Nicole Hutchins August 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Hey Hapster,

    Thought of this clip while reading your blog.Hope you enjoy it, it always makes us laugh. (hope the link works, its singing elephants) We have been enjoying your blog.
    Take care
    Lee and Nic

    • Hap August 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      Hey guys,

      cheers for the thought, I will have to wait to watch the clip when I have decent internet that doesn’t cost the earth.
      I hope you are both well and your respective paint and rock collections are going well.

      NBL Hap

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