Trailing Ms. Ross

User: gretchsketch
Dates: 16 Jun 2016 - 29 Jun 2016
Duration: 1 week, 5 days

I'm traveling to South Africa with NC teachers through Go Global NC.

Wednesday 29 Jun 2016 9:47

Made it safely to Dulles!

Posted: June 29, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

Wednesday 29 Jun 2016 2:51

Drakar, Senegal Half way home!

Posted: June 29, 2016, 2:51 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Jun 2016 12:37

A little shopping before we head to the airport... Yikes!

Posted: June 28, 2016, 10:37 a.m.

Tuesday 28 Jun 2016 10:48

Ivory Tree Game Lodge Wow! The safaris last night and this morning were spectacular!! We saw: giraffe White rhino Warthog Elephant Zebras Kudu Blue wildebeest Gazelle Guinea Pericle Impala

Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:48 a.m.

Monday 27 Jun 2016 8:26

St. John's College

Posted: June 27, 2016, 6:26 a.m.

Sunday 26 Jun 2016 21:00

Full day visits tour of Johannesburg Soweto southwestern township area: an area that was once the center of movements to overthrow the apartheid state, Soweto is now a rich, cultural melting pot that inspired Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, among others.

Posted: June 26, 2016, 7 p.m.

Sunday 26 Jun 2016 13:53

Chez Alina, local Soweto restaurant

Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:53 a.m.

Sunday 26 Jun 2016 9:39

Apartheid Museum: Museum covers the history of apartheid in South Africa through the emergence of democratic elections in 1994

Posted: June 26, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 19:06

Moyo’s African restaurant (Melrose Arch)

Posted: June 25, 2016, 5:06 p.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 16:00

Metcourt Hotel Emperors Palace

Posted: June 25, 2016, 2 p.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 15:33

Mandela's Home Stones were left with messages written on them after his passing.

Posted: June 25, 2016, 1:33 p.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 13:57

I may be on my way to Hogwart's.

Posted: June 25, 2016, 11:57 a.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 13:30

Guided tour of Johannesburg in coach from airport Johannesburg: Johannesburg, or Jo’burg, is South Africa’s largest city and seat of the Constitutional Court. Johannesburg is also the hub of South Africa’s commercial, financial, industrial, and mining industries.

Posted: June 25, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday 25 Jun 2016 10:19

8:30 Cape Town airport for 11:15 flight to Johannesburg Mystery object... What do you think it is?

Posted: June 25, 2016, 8:19 a.m.

Friday 24 Jun 2016 11:42

Shark Diving in Shark Alley happened today. I may smell like chum but it was absolutely worth it!! I've been tracking Maureen on OSEARCH's Shark Tracker app for years and she decided to make an appearance for us today!!

Posted: June 24, 2016, 9:42 a.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 16:08

Boulder Bay Penguins (protected colony of African penguins)

Posted: June 23, 2016, 2:08 p.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 14:58

Seaforth Restaurant Sea Bass, shrimp, mussels, and clams trips !!

Posted: June 23, 2016, 12:58 p.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 13:36

Cape Point

Posted: June 23, 2016, 11:36 a.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 13:04

Cape of Good Hope.. Found some seaweed.

Posted: June 23, 2016, 11:04 a.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 11:25

Ostrich farm Ostriches Take eggs due to baboon September to end April 70-75 eggs 42 days incubation Pencil date number and strain Weigh and light, look for air bubble 36.8 temp Males night, females day Rotate so embryo doesn't stick 2 weeks Boil for 2 hours in water, 12 people 24 chicken eggs High cholesterol Rich and creamy texture 1.8 kilos 39 days Parents give no assistance to hatching Air bubble to 1.6-1.9 grams at hatching I egg or 2nd or 3rd day, sunlight disinfects eggs, egg shell porous, wash See 3 kilometers away 70 km per for 30 minutes Can kill you with one kick Male swish feathers and hiss Flat on ground for safety 40 grams brain ? Eye- grams Bonnie and Clyde 70-80 years 45 years Mate for life Cobras, puff adders bite on face No jump or fly Weigh 120 kilos 2nd strongests hide in world 1-Kangaroo, 3- alligator Eat own shell for calcium, stone, First three eggs full of stones to help open canal 6th egg can be Hiss if she doesn't like male Dance and Sally the stripper George and Georgina Romeo and Juliet Bonnie and Clyde 65 million years wing span 4 meters on each side Nest holloway ditch 37 vertebrae Breakable hind quarters not fit or humane to ride 3 months old Egg shell, alfalfa, maize Poo 126-- naughty bird 14 months, 4 sheds no plucking 101 on site Eat all site.. Sleep on ground and straight neck on ground

Posted: June 23, 2016, 9:25 a.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 9:28

Hangin' Hout Bay

Posted: June 23, 2016, 7:28 a.m.

Thursday 23 Jun 2016 9:00

Chapman’s Peak

Posted: June 23, 2016, 7 a.m.

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 15:59

Milnerton High School visit

Posted: June 22, 2016, 1:59 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 14:23

Table Mountain

Posted: June 22, 2016, 12:23 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 11:46

Visited St. Joseph’s K-12 Marist College this morning. St. Joseph’s is an Independent, Marist, co-educational school, serving students in grades K-12. The school has a comprehensive special needs unit to help support students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Posted: June 22, 2016, 9:46 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 19:23

Portswood Hotel at the V&A Waterfront Portswood Square, Portswood Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Posted: June 21, 2016, 5:23 p.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 17:34

Cape Town Airport Cape town: Cape Town is South Africa’s 3rd largest city, behind Johannesburg and Durban, and the 10th largest in Africa. The city is marked by a unique blend of cultures (British, Dutch, Native African, and Cape Malay), which is reflected in its vibrant history, arts scene and local markets. Cape Town also has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.

Posted: June 21, 2016, 3:34 p.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 13:58

Durban Airport.. Ready for my flight to Cape Town. Feeling a bit like Harry Potter boarding the train.

Posted: June 21, 2016, 11:58 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 12:24

Clifton Boys School: Clifton is an independent day school for boys. Classical music competition for us to enjoy before we head to the airport.

Posted: June 21, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 11:24

Channeling Ms. Kurtz and Mrs. Obrien on this visit.

Posted: June 21, 2016, 9:24 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 9:39

Livingstone State Primary (Remedial Grades 1-7): The Livingstone State Primary School is a short-term remedial school for children with specific learning difficulties. Students typically stay at Livingstone for 2-3 years, then return to mainstream settings in Durban area schools.

Posted: June 21, 2016, 7:39 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Jun 2016 8:19

Durban Girls College (K-12): The Durban Girls’ is an independent boarding & day school for girls.

Posted: June 21, 2016, 6:19 a.m.

Monday 20 Jun 2016 15:59

What a powerful moment it was getting to go into the place where Mandela was able to vote for the first time near where Dr. Dube was buried. "I have come to report, Mr. President, that South Africa is now free." -Nelson Mandela

Posted: June 20, 2016, 1:59 p.m.

Monday 20 Jun 2016 15:23

Gandhi's Phoenix

Posted: June 20, 2016, 1:23 p.m.

Monday 20 Jun 2016 14:25

Victoria Market for speed shopping

Posted: June 20, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

Monday 20 Jun 2016 12:08

St. Henry's K-12 School is a Marist independent school. The school serves a diverse population from the Durban area. I visit many classrooms today.. One 3rd grade class was having a Zulu lesson and other was a 4th grade class learning about their place geographically.

Posted: June 20, 2016, 10:08 a.m.

Monday 20 Jun 2016 1:24

Durban Education System Presentation by David Wilkinson, Kwazulu Nata Regional Director

Posted: June 20, 2016, 5:24 a.m.

Sunday 19 Jun 2016 16:40

Cycads- microchipped thousands of years, hard to pollinate, $50000 Insephalatus woodia 1500 years old, last of species

Posted: June 19, 2016, 2:40 p.m.

Sunday 19 Jun 2016 12:36

Cargo Hold Restaurant for a group lunch.

Posted: June 19, 2016, 10:36 a.m.

Sunday 19 Jun 2016 12:12

Eating calamari and prawns for lunch with sharks swimming in a tank at Cargo Hold on the Promenade. We are going to tour Marine World next.

Posted: June 19, 2016, 10:12 a.m.

Sunday 19 Jun 2016 10:55

Our meeting spot on top of the Elangeni hotel.. 360 degree view. Not too shabby.

Posted: June 19, 2016, 8:55 a.m.

Sunday 19 Jun 2016 7:50

Good morning, Indian Ocean and a hundred plus people doing yoga in front of the hotel. ☀️

Posted: June 19, 2016, 5:50 a.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 22:53

Durban! Time for a shower!

Posted: June 18, 2016, 8:53 p.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 19:05

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, Durban,

Posted: June 18, 2016, 5:05 p.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 16:54

At Johannesburg Airport ready to head to Durban at going through customs and rechecking our bags. My seat mate, Mathias, was wonderfully welcoming me to his beloved country and so full of information.

Posted: June 18, 2016, 2:54 p.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 16:21

We flew over the Kalahari Desert while we had a lovely lunch of chicken and curried couscous. Almost there!

Posted: June 18, 2016, 2:21 p.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 13:35

As we took off from Drakar, Senegal, the Sacre Coeur meaning Sacred Heart community. I noticed the boats that go from the Ile de Gore, Island of Gore. During the time of slave trade, it was the last stop before being brought to America... The point of no return.

Posted: June 18, 2016, 11:35 a.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 13:33

Monument of African Renaissance built by Abdoulaye wade,the former president of Senegal. The warrior man, woman, and child symbolizes the future strength of Africa.

Posted: June 18, 2016, 11:33 a.m.

Saturday 18 Jun 2016 1:34

Just slept for 3 hoursish after dinner and watching a movie. And now we have landed in Dakar, Senegal to gas up and let off passengers. I'm in Africa, y'all!

Posted: June 18, 2016, 5:34 a.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 17:40

Here we go...🌍

Posted: June 17, 2016, 9:40 p.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 17:12

On board and ready to roll. Seats are 2-4-2 across in our Airbus 340-300 ZS-SXG. Complimentary earphones, blankets, pillows, and eye pillows were waiting in our seats. A native Jo'burger, Mathias, is sitting next to me giving me tips of what to see and answering my millions of questions. We are set to go at 5:30pm.

Posted: June 17, 2016, 9:12 p.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 12:46

Rand to US dollar 14.56:1

Posted: June 17, 2016, 4:46 p.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 11:09

News alert... Ms. Ross forms a new political party, the Teachercrats. You can expect to find her on the ticket for president this fall.

Posted: June 17, 2016, 3:09 p.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 7:45

We have made it to Dulles Airport, Washington DC! We have a ten hour layover and the rest of the teachers from Charlotte will be here around 11am. Time to find breakfast and getting to know my travel buddies.

Posted: June 17, 2016, 11:45 a.m.

Friday 17 Jun 2016 5:26

RDU Airport

Posted: June 17, 2016, 9:26 a.m.

Thursday 16 Jun 2016 21:38

Hi there, friends! I'm all packed and ready to go to South Africa. My flight leaves at 6:20am to DC to catch another flight to Johannesburg. I will send my next blog post tomorrow afternoon from RDU! Stay tuned! Feel free to ask questions and share what you know about the Rainbow Nation.

Posted: June 17, 2016, 1:38 a.m.

Trailing Ms. Ross

User: gretchsketch
Dates: 16 Jun 2016 - 29 Jun 2016
Duration: 1 week, 5 days

I'm traveling to South Africa with NC teachers through Go Global NC.

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I absolutely am, Ariyana!

Looks like your having fun in South Africa