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Tuesday, January 12, 1999
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa:
Latitude: 26° 7' 46" South
Longitude: 28° 1' 48" East
Altitude: 5306 feet
From Seattle: 11663 miles
Lodging: Hostel - The Backpacker's Ritz

Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: Gauteng
Weather: Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 642
Linear Dist: 134925
Countries Visited: 49
Regions Visited: 183
More stats...
Hotels: 197
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 77
Hostels: 151
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2248

Journal Entry:
The plan for today was to pick up the package my parents had sent me from FedEx. Unfortunately their office is out by the airport so I spent the morning and early afternoon hanging out in the hostel waiting for a ride. Early afternoon I gave up and hired a taxi. I negotiated a price of about half what I'd been told it would cost - the driver turned off the meter and added some fuel - I'm sure the fare went straight in his pocket. At FedEx I had them change the tax receipt to my name (instead of the name of my friend that I had my parents ship to). That way I should at least be able to get the VAT part of the duty I paid back.

Spent the evening playing with the new toys! Got a new H/PC (an HP 660LX - color!), a new camera (a Cannon SLR), and my parents gave me a 75 - 300 zoom lens - so lots to play with. Stu, Joy, and I went to visit Dean again. He looks a little better. Went to the pizza place near the hostel for diner, and played with my toys some more. Went to see the late showing of Antz (half price) - found the animation a little disappointing.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Johannesburg
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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