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22 November 2009 @ 04:39 pm
Mom's Travels: THAT SUCKS  
In case I didn't tell you, my Mom's traveling abroad for a month. She left about a week ago (two weeks ago?) and won't be back until December 15th. She's been in Morocco, which she left yesterday, but not before this ordeal:

Well, today was one of those days you want to forget. American Airlines messed up my reservations so i ended up at the Casablanca airport without a ticket. The Iberia clerks sent me back and forth to buy another ticket and the clerk demanded cash. he said the cost was 4380 dh which is about 600 dollars. Luckily I had my Citibank cash withdrawl high enough so I got the money. The real cost was 2480 dh but he hid the receipt and just gave it to another clerk as I checked in and ran on the plane. So I got royally cheated but at least I got on the plane.

A very nice clerk at Iberia got the plane tickets fixed so i don´t have to buy separate tickets to everwhere else. I´ve written to Iberia about the cheating but other than getting American to pay for the real price of the flight, it looks like i´ve added to the pockets of one of the Iberian clerks in Casablanca. Perhaps my letters to American and Iberia will bring some results. Cheryl says to be consoled that i´m not still in Casablanca, alone!

We go to South Africa tomorrow night. One day in Madrid.

Mr Bagginsmrbaggins1 on November 23rd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
South Africa
Hope she enjoys her stay in this beautiful country. We've had a spell of very bad weather and unseasonal rain in Johannesburg for the past week but it seems to be clearing up. Is it her first visit to South Africa? Drop me a line if you and I can recommend some sights if I know what her itinerary is
Suzik00kaburra on November 23rd, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: South Africa
It is her first visit - I wish I was going with her, it looks like so much fun! She should be arriving in Johannesburg today, if she hasn't already, and she'll be there through the 30th of November. I'm trying to figure out from her notes where she's going:

25 - Cradle of Humankind Maropeng
26 - Balule, Bouke's Potholes
28 - Olifants

She did mention she was with a tour group, so I'm not sure how much free time she has to explore.
Mr Bagginsmrbaggins1 on November 23rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: South Africa
Cradle of Humankind is about an hours drive out of Jozi and it is the site where the oldest homanoids were discovered by Prof Errol Tobias. I wonder if her tour group will visit the Apartheids Museum which is actually a block from our offices.

Must be Bourke's Luck Potholes in Mpumalanga (Eastern Transvaal) absolutely beautiful part of the country. Lots of manmade forests, waterfalls and also close to the old miningtown of Pilgrimsrest which once was a rich gold mining area. There's actualy a old bar (saloon) attached to the Pilgrimrest Hotel that used to be a Zinc Church in Lourenco Marques (Mozambique) that was demolished and moved by ox wagon way back when. I used to live in the area and my youngest daughter was born in Sabie in 1983.

Olifants (Elephants) must be Elephant Camp in the Kruger National Park where most tourists go to see the Big Five: Lion, leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Bufallo.

Pity I don't know where she was staying in Jozi, wouldn't it have been fun to drive there and hand her a bookcrossing RABCK that she could cart all the way back to the States where you are!

Edited at 2009-11-23 07:53 pm (UTC)
Suzik00kaburra on November 26th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: South Africa
It would have been so much fun if you guys could meet up :) I can't seem to catch up with her though, she's such a busy lady! She's heading to Kruger right now (she called to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving, since it's a holiday here today) and was excited about all the zebras she's seen so far. Zebras are cool!