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last post Friday, November 5, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 45

Our Travels by the Week

Barry & Louis - SGN staff - dateline Africa
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

An Introduction
As webmaster of the SGN since February 18, 2005, I have had the wonderful opportunity to post almost every story online that has been in the print edition. Often the SGN would 'go online' from locations other than Seattle, often Vancouver, Canada, sometimes places as remote as a small village
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Our second week in Johannesburg
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

As we got into week two in Johannesburg, we realized how trapped we felt by not having public transportation or a car. Even on our daily walks from where we lived, we were sometimes uncertain if we should be walking a particular neighborhood or not.

The Apart
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Our third week in Johannesburg
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

The week started off for us, much like usual: We were off to meet some people and no idea where we are going or where we were going to end up. We had arranged with Elton to take us on one of the taxis to meet Molife (a writer for Exit LGBT newspaper) in Sandton. He had studied up the
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Our fourth week in Africa, off to Tzaneen in SA then to Botswana
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

It's a good feeling to know that you 'have to go to work' when you are traveling. For all the readers of the SGN, every Friday I must find a computer, usually at an internet café, to put the SGN online.

On Tuesday, I found myself off to work with Sharon (at whose home
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Week 5 - In Botswana, Africa
On our way from Gaborone, Botswana to Maun
On Tuesday morning we were up at 6 am so we could make it to the bus at 7. We checked out the buses going to Maun the night before by going down to the bus area to chat with them. The first thing you need to know, that in Botswana there are no bus terminals as there are in most places in t
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Week 6 Part 1 - Leaving Maun, the Okavango Delta for Kasane, then Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls
Dumela - 'hello' in Tswana. Welcome to a very incredible week of traveling.


On Sunday morning we were up at 5 am to meet our 6 am taxi to get to the bus taking us to Nata. Our friend Landu (who had booked all our trips to the Delta and Moremi and worked at the bar at Okavango River Lodge) had booked us the taxi. Maun
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Week 6 (part 2) - Back to Gaborone and the most fun 'Gay' bar I have ever experienced and then off to the 'bush' in Groot Marico, South Africa with some friends from Joburg - a lot of red wine with some local moonshine.
Thabo was waiting for us when we walked out of the hotel at 6:45 am. We left for the short 15 minute ride to the border with Zambia. As I have mentioned before, central 'bus stations' do not really exist in most of Botswana. It even seemed stranger that we were going to be left to get a bus at the immigration point at the border. When we arrivemore
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The adventure continues in Africa
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

Louis and I are combining our journals for our seventh and eighth weeks in Africa. We have been very busy getting set up so we can travel through Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda next week. Until then, off to the cradle of mankind!

It has been believed for some t
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Week 9: We go on 'holidays' in Mpumalanga and see some very spectacular scenery
It was a great feeling on Monday morning to be on the road again. We were off to Mpumalanga in northeast South Africa. It is our '1st holiday' thanks to our friend Sharon. For those who are a bit confused with my wording, taking a holiday in the rest of the English speaking world is the same as the American 'vacation'. 'Traveling' is not a vacation. To me, traveling is getting up in more
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Week 10: Getting ready and a delay for our trip to Maputo, Mozambique and the wonderful beaches and blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean.
This week we were delayed in our travels to Maputo, Mozambique by the riots in the city.

As reported by the Guardian: 'Police in Maputo opened fire on stone-throwing mobs who were protesting against rising food prices on Wednesday, killing seven people.

The United Nations noted that international food prices have risen to their highest in two years -- a le
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Week 11: Mozambique and some very organized gay activists
Week 11: Mozambique and some very organized gay activists We made it to Maputo Mozambique! Getting here was some of the more frustrating travel I have done. Maputo is a 9 hour bus ride from Joburg and just looking at it, it seems simple enough. Our reality was far different.

Our first challenge was to decide how we were going
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Week 12: Off to Tofo, Mozambique and the beautiful blue-green waters of the Indian Ocean.
We were up at 4:30 am and ready to be picked up around 5:30 by a chiapas (van) to meet the bus. We had decided to take the 'shuttle' which goes directly to Tofo rather than the regular bus which would takes us to Inhambane and then we would have to get a chiapas to take us the last 50 minutes to the ocean side village of Tofo.

The
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Week 13: We are sad leaving Tofo and have our first challenging week.
It's always amazing to feel sad when leaving - we really enjoyed Tofo, the beauty, the beaches, the whale sharks and John's Place. I had spent many hours chatting with John about growing up in Maputo, the war for liberation of the country, the communist government, owning property on the beaches, the current government and the list goes on. J more
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Week 14: Thank God For Jack!!! And some of the most trying travel in my life.
As I mentioned last week, Louis and I decided to spend our last night on Mozambique Island at Ruby's. It was wonderful, but we had no idea how wonderful until we had finished week 14 traveling with Jack. Our conversations and interactions with Jack had been limited. We thought he might be 'gay', but we were so busy playing with our 'Dutch' f more
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Week 15 and 16: Malawi, part 1: We 'adopt' our friend Azibo for enrollment at school and stay an extra week in Malawi
(due to the very homophobic culture of Malawi, I apologize for not using many actual names in this story. Google works as well here (albeit much slower) and I do not want to compromise what is happening in any way. Thanks for understanding)

We arrived in Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi on Sunday evening around 6pm. I
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Week 15 and 16: Malawi, part 2: We 'adopt' our friend Azibo for enrollment at school and stay an extra week in Malawi
Azibo arrives!

The boat was late again by at l0 hours and Azibo was at Big Blue when I walked in to say hi to Jack. Looking at him, his big smile and so well dressed, I knew my first impressions were probably not wrong.

We chatted and then made the 30 minute walk through town and up the hill on the other side o
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WEEK 17: On our way to Mbeya, Tanzania and to Dar Es Salaam
It was Monday morning and Louis and I were up at 6. The sun had been up for about an hour and the locals down by the beach and traveling by boat, were very noisy as usual. We packed up quite quickly, met Jack just before 7 to say our goodbyes and were off.

Our plan was to reach Mbeya in Tanzania in one day. Mbeya is where we would
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WEEK 17: On our way to Mbeya, Tanzania and to Dar Es Salaam
(repeated for the SGN online)

It was Monday morning and Louis and I were up at 6. The sun had been up for about an hour and the locals down by the beach and traveling by boat, were very noisy as usual. We packed up quite quickly, met Jack just before 7 to say our goodbyes and were off.

Our plan was to reach Mbeya in Tanzania in one day. Mbeya is where we would
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Week 18: Leaving Dar and on to Zanzibar
After breakfast on Sunday, we walked with our Australian friends down to the pier to find out how we were going to get a ferry to Zanzibar. We had read to be cautious and to purchase your ticket from a proper ticket office and not from one of the 'sellers' along the street. Ticket sellers seemed to pop out of all the small offices along the str more
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Week 18: Back to Dar Es Salaam, some very brave LGBT activists and when missing a flight connection is actually a plus.
picture - Maasai Woman we bought some gifts from

As strange as it may sound I was ready to move on. Zanzibar may be a vacation fantasy, with some amazing history thrown in, but I was really hoping to get back to Dar and meet the LGBT activists. My contact with CPSS, seemingly the prominent group in Tanzania seemed to have broken down. I had started to build them a websi
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The Last 2 Weeks, leaving the best 'till last?
Capetown and the Cape.

Hey Toto...where did Africa go? Cape Town... famous for its beauty, nestled under Table Mountain, at a place where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic...so clean and so modern...and oh, so Gay!

Cape Town feels as if you took San Francisco and Vancouver, added them to the pot, added a cup of Big Sur coastline, a dash of New Orleans and and a sprinkling of Rio. It
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