What’s next?

The boat just didn’t pan out. Turns out all the boats traveling up and down the coasts of the States don’t usually make a turn out to West Africa. And the people here don’t know what sailboats are. To top it all, I met the cousin of the harbourmaster of the major port town in Ghana (Tema), and he assured me we could work something out, and then he disappeared. My boat has left without me.

So, I’ve got a plane ticket from Accra to Johannesburg, South Africa leaving on April 2, 2007 at 23h00. Johannesburg, for those of you who don’t know, has the distinction of being the most dangerous city in the world. Stopping at a red-light in Johannesburg is equivalent to asking a thief to steal your car. Stories abound about people fixing cars at intersections waiting for a victim to pull up. It is for this reason that I plan to be in Johannesburg for about 4 hours – I’ll zip from the airport straight to the train station, and take a comfortable sleeper train across the country to Cape Town. It’ll be a nice overnight ride, and I’ll be able to see a bit of the country. In Cape Town, I’ll begin investigations for taking a boat back to the States, and then I’ll take a sleeper bus up to Windhoek, Namibia. From there, it’ll be a 6 hour combi ride North to see my old friends, family, co-workers, and students.

5 Responses to “What’s next?”

  1. Rick in China Says:

    Hey man,
    Take it easy if you go there. If you get in any trouble, tell ’em that you know me. That should scare them off.

    Hope all goes well! Be careful.

  2. Mom Says:

    Hi Pat,

    That picture of you in the yellow shirt worries me! (I AM your Mom!) How much weight have you lost?!?

  3. pcronin Says:

    I’ve lost about 10 lbs., but that was mostly due to the week of sickness. I’m still healthy though! I take vitamins!

  4. Matt Cotter Says:

    Sorry to hear all that knot practicing was for nothing!

  5. Matt Cotter Says:

    All that practicing was for knot


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