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Our gear

After doing some research, we went out and bought some good lightweight travel gear to see us through our trip. We chose to travel with carry-on sized backpacks to avoid overpacking, airline charges, lost/stolen/damaged luggage and other hassles associated with a larger backpack. Fitting all the essentials into such small packs was quite a challenge, but I think we have most of what we will need for the majority of the trip, everything else we will pick-up and discard along the way as required.

Here is the packing list for each of our packs:

Greg - 28 litre

Flip flops
Trail running shoes
3 pairs merino wool socks
4 pairs underwear
Long Johns
4 T-shirts
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long sleeve shirt
Long pants (with zip off legs)
Rain jacket/windbreaker
Fleece hoody
Running shorts
Jeans
Belt
Boardshorts
Cap

Sleep mask
Pen
Travel adapters
Travel towel
Silk sleep liner
Gloves
Travel daypack
Document holder
Money belt
Clothesline
Water bottle
Camel back
Sunglasses
Notebook
Deck of cards
Poker dice
Packing pouches (x8)

Nexus 7 and keyboard
Nexus 5
USB car charger
Gopro
Headlamp
Mini maglite
USB drive
Headphones
Binoculars

Toiletries
Medication

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In the packing cubes

Issy - 40 litre

Flip flops
Walking sandals
Trekking boots
4 pairs merino wool socks
8 pairs underwear
Long Johns
4 T-shirts
2 tank tops
Long sleeve t-shirt
Long pants (with zip off legs)
Rain jacket/windbreaker
Fleece hoody
Shorts
Capris
Jeans
Bikini
Sarong
Cap

Sleep mask
Pen
Travel adapters
Travel towel
Silk sleep liner
Gloves
Travel daypack
Medicine kit
Neck wallet
Clothesline
Water bottle
Sunglasses
Notebook
Packing pouches (x8)

Sony Nex 3 Camera
Extra lens 18-55mm lens
Headlamp
Mini flashlight
Memory card
Headphones
Kindle
Mini speaker

Toiletries

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In the packing cubes

We will see if we can survive on this...

Greg and Issy

Posted by gregandissy 07:26 Archived in Cayman Islands Comments (2)

Mitch & Bokkie's Wedding


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Howzit! Our first post - how exciting!

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Departure from Cayman: March 25th, 7:45 Am local time - Arrival in Johannesburg: March 27th, 7:30 AM local time.

Despite some last minute admin the day before (plumbing, packing, storage) and Issy spilling red wine all over Greg's travel clothes, we felt we were off to a great start thanks to our wonderful friends and family who made our 40-hr journey to South Africa seem like a walk in the park....well almost. So a few thank yous are in order:

Serg, Kirstin, Barlo & Dan: thank you for letting us store our junk in your lovely homes. If it gets in the way, I showed you the bags you can dispose of but when in doubt, just look for Greg's initials. Serg & K - also a huge thank you for letting me use your car for those last 2 months. I'm not sure what I would have done otherwise, Greg's motorcycle was clearly out of the question!

Angel: thank you for taking some time off your expedition planing to help us with our itineraries in India, South East Asia and New Zealand. Your advice on gear was also greatly appreciated and we are traveling much lighter as a result.

Jax & Stevo: thank you for your wonderful hospitality and patience with my clumsiness! We had a great night, Greg's clothes were saved and I hope the wine didn't leave any permanent stains on your new tiles - I'm so sorry!!

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Vero: thank you for saving us from a long stop-over in dreadful Miami airport and letting us use your car to get some last minute things - you are a savior as always.

Bev: thank you for the amazing lunch at the River Cafe in Hammersmith! It was great to see London however briefly and spend some time with you before our long flight to Joburg.

And to everyone else who helped along the way and came out with us on March 14th & 21st to celebrate. 2 brilliant nights! - well for me anyway, Greg is still trying to piece things together....

With the keys to our VW Polo in hand, we set off for the 4-hr drive to the Mitchell-Innes farm near Ladysmith for Mitch and Bokkie's wedding and also a reunion of sorts because many of the guests had not seen each other since their university days. I had heard many stories about Greg's Rhodes days and I was keen to finally meet so many of his good friends. One word comes to mind to describe the 5 days we spent at the farm: lekker! ("awesome" for the non Safas). We drove back to Joburg on Monday March 31st filled with wonderful memories and excitement for the months to come.

The view from our lodge on the farm

The view from our lodge on the farm


The bride and groom

The bride and groom

Rhodes boys

Rhodes boys

Cane and cream soda anyone?

Cane and cream soda anyone?

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Next post on Eastern Cape coming soon. We are in Cape Town until April 8th.

Greg and Issy

Posted by gregandissy 11:19 Archived in South Africa Tagged wedding Comments (4)

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