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Gail, Chris and Tina toasting with their Amarula

One follow-up note to yesterday’s dinner:  We now are Wanna-Be members of the “Amarula Club”.  We enjoyed our little aperitif while Gayle told us the story of this delightful beverage.  The facts:  The African Marula Tree produces round fruits (a member of the mango family) that are favorites of the Elephants, in fact it is sometimes called… wait for it…the Elephant Tree!  The “Tale”: You become a member of the Amarula Club when you, let’s just say become overly intoxicated from drinking Amarula…Chris-Tina’s new goal in Africa!  (Brazzier’s on!)
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Justice, Gail, Zali and Chris at The Tribe Restaurant

Tina and I had a great day today with our SANBS group!  What an awesome bunch of people!  We had our second day of training and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity of being able to do my work in this beautiful country with these amazing people!

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I chose to stay away from the juice today since I had such a “concentrated” experience with it yesterday (clearing of the throat sound).  We had an amazing lunch which Tina and I took back to the facilitation room so we could prep for the afternoon session.  I was eating what I thought was some kind of BBQ’ed ribs that were delicious!  Gobbled them down, finished prepping and started our afternoon session.  I asked everyone how their lunch was and told them how awesome I thought the “ribs” were.  I was then informed, ever so gently, that I had eaten Ox tail!  (That explains the actual vertebrae that were left on my plate when I was finished!).  I have to say, they were good though!!  I can now officially say I had “tail” in South Africa….WOW!

Tina and I then had the distinct pleasure of dining in the Melrose Arch area of Johannesburg with our new friends Gavin and his lovely wife Ilana.  What a blessing!  Within minutes we were talking about ascension, 2012 and Africa’s role in the “new world.”  (Jay – I owe you BIG for the introduction!  Love you for it!!)  We had an absolutely lovely waitress, No (her name is “No”) who made our dinner that much more enjoyable with her beauty and sparkling personality.

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Gavin, Chris, Tina, Ilana at Melrose Arch

Tomorrow we only have one short session (1 hour compared to 8!) and then we are off to Cape Town on Tuesday.  We are so looking forward to Cape Town because we have heard sooo many wonderful things about it.  Our list is soooo long of what we want to do while we are there!  We also found out that the sun does not set there until 10pm!  We are thinking we need to give the town a heads up that Tina and I are coming!  🙂

Until tomorrow….



  • November 16, 2009

    OMG – I *love* reading your blog – you are hilarious!! And the pictures are so awesome that I feel like I am there! Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences so vividly!! Can’t wait to read more!
    Hugs, Luna

  • November 16, 2009

    charge your camera completely and move all pictures off to your laptop because you will take a TON of pictures in Cape Town tomorrow! Insane sunsets by the way, assuming you haven’t become too good a member of the Amarula Club:)

  • November 16, 2009

    Hey Chris and Tina,

    What a GREAT BLOG!!! Looks like you are having a wonderful trip and connecting with lots of genuine people.

    I LOVE the pictures you have posted, gives us an inside look at your journey through SA. How awesome.

    Miss you BFF SSS Sis! You both look marvelous!

    Hugs from DE


  • November 16, 2009

    Wow-this is so fun to show the girls. They think Aunt Chris is very exotic : ) Alaina loves that you are seeing animals!! Are you coming to Ohio for Thanksgiving??

  • November 16, 2009
    Jeff H

    Chris – I am SO enjoying reading about your trip. I even mentioned it at the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce luncheon when I spoke last Thursday, so hopefully some other chamber members are following your travels now, too.

    I can’t wait to hear about Capetown…have also heard many wonderful things about it!

    Wishing I was there too,

  • November 16, 2009

    Hi, really enjoy reading each day. Tina, I want some of that Amarula!!!

    Love, Mom

  • November 17, 2009

    Chris, the world would be a better place if everyone took a page from your book and brought so much life and laughter to their job and shared it globally. You are an inspiration. Take care and thanks for sharing your experiences.

  • November 17, 2009

    Little old Maryland is going to seem quite boring after all of this : )


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