The “Bollywood to South Beach” Voyage, part 17

The Bollywood to South Beach Voyage – Regent Seven Seas Voyager, October 29-December 18, 2009

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Seventeen

November 17 (Tuesday, Day 20, Richard’s Bay, South Africa) (continued) –

We continue the tour of the St. Lucia Nature Reserve outside Richard’s Bay, South Africa:

Weaver birds
Hippos and bird
Big yawn from this hippo
Another hippo, another yawn
The yawners meet. We thought it was going to be a fight, but it was a yawner. So to speak.
More excitement from these baby hippos play-fighting
More playfighting
Croc in the water
Fish eagle

Next: More pictures . . . and Hluhluwe!

Thought for the day

From The Road To Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek, 1944, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, 1994, The University of Chicago Press.

From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.

Excerpted under Fair Use for purposes of non-commercial education, discussion and comment. Any transcription or typographical errors are mine.

The “Bollywood to South Beach” Voyage, part 16

The Bollywood to South Beach Voyage – Regent Seven Seas Voyager, October 29-December 18, 2009

Text by Snookums, Pictures by Filbert

Part Sixteen

November 16 (Monday, Day 19, Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn) –

The ship started rocking and rolling around 3 AM but we slept until 7 AM. (Filbert woke up at some point to find out that the unranked SDSU women lost to #11 Arizona State by 9 points and that the #8 LadyVols beat #7 Baylor by 9.) We ate breakfast in Compass Rose since Snookums figured the ship would be rocking less on Deck 4 than on Deck 11 at La Veranda.

During the Captain’s noon announcement he said that the pilot for Richard’s Bay will board our ship tomorrow at 4 AM via helicopter (!) and that passengers can’t be on balconies or any open decks. What a party pooper. He also said that the temperature is going to be 59° when we dock and will be a high of 66° later in the day. That is radically different than the scorching heat we’ve had so far. It’s a good thing we brought jackets with us. The seas are currently at 2.5 meters and will get to 3 meters before calming down around midnight. (Regent makes only one ship-wide announcement per day and that’s at noon. Holland America makes at least two and sometimes three per day.)

There was supposed to be a special Asian lunch on the pool deck but it was moved inside. The staff vs. guests shuffleboard tournament was postponed until November 18. We ate lunch inside at La Veranda and then went back to our cabin and did internet work.

November 17 (Tuesday, Day 20, Richard’s Bay, South Africa) –

All part of a nutritious breakfast!
Can’t get enough pictures of tour buses and cargo containers, can you?
Visit Beautiful Dock-Side Richard’s Bay
High-tech portapotties

We woke up and took the free shuttle to the mall in Richard’s Bay. The ship was docked in the middle of an industrial port and there was nothing close by. The mall was about 15 minutes away by bus. It was like any other mall in the U.S. although it didn’t have the same name brand chains.

Must be civilization. They have malls.

Snookums decided that the Regent shampoo must have oil in it since it makes her hair oily so one of our missions was to buy new shampoo. We went in two different grocery stores and bought shampoo for $2.25 and kudu jerky for $5. The prices were very similar to the U.S. and the selection was, too. Then we decided to look for a sportcoat for Filbert since his are now too big for him. We found four different stores that carried sportcoats, but none of them were worth the money. One cost $225 but it wasn’t anything special. It seemed like prices were the same as in the U.S. for food and clothing. After walking around 9,000 steps (Filbert wears his pedometer every day), we took the shuttle back to the ship to get ready for our tour after lunch.

In the bus. That’s our friend Carl talking to Jean-Michel Cousteau, right behind the waving tour guide.

We boarded the bus for the St. Lucia Nature Reserve to see hippos and crocodiles. Along the way, we saw vast tree farms. The South Africans make a lot of paper products, and grow huge numbers of trees to feed that industry.

Eucalyptus trees

When we began our boat tour of Lake St. Lucia, we were not disappointed. We were on the lake for a 2-hour boat ride. We saw lots of hippos and two crocodiles.

Do not feed the crocodiles
This bird on the dock was loud, but wasn’t inclined to move even with all the dock activity
The first hippo we saw

Next: Crocodiles! Hippo Fights!