In Jeffreys Bay Molly and I took two surf lessons for two hours each time. We learned how to stand up properly and ride the waves. We crashed a lot, and also I like wearing a wet suit because they kept our bodies warm. The water felt warm because of the wet suit.It was really fun.
We visited Kruger Park for two days. Mom packed sandwiches so we had food to eat in the car - I'm sick of sandwiches.
We spent 8 hours driving each day, but we didn't have to wear our seatbelt in the park so we could move around the car to see out the windows better.
I wanted to see a caracal and a leopard while we were there, but we didn't see either. We saw deer like creatures called impalas. They were a bit boring to look at after a while because we saw so many and they don't do anything exciting.
We saw a lion, warthogs, white and black rhinos, elephants, hippos, crocodile, monkeys, buffalos, wildebeest, giraffes, kudus, dung beetles, zebras and baboons. I liked watching the buffalo, giraffes and hippos.
The hotel in Hazyview had a nice pool and enough bedrooms so that I had my own room. My mother scared me by telling me there were poison snakes that come up near the chalets. We didn't see any.
McKay Brydon asked me what my favourite things have been so far food and places, and here it is. My favourite foods were in the Neatherlands and Turkey. In the Neatherlands I liked the breakfasts because they put chocolate sprinkles on their toast, and in Turkey I liked the donairs and shawarmas. But my favourite places have been South Africa and Switzerland. I like South Africa because of all the animals and warm weather, and Switerland because of the hiking and family farm. The most surprising thing I liked was all the candy stalls in Jeruselum, and the dislike surprise was the beach in Nice: all stoney and also topless.
These have been my favourite foods and places so far. (look on Molly's page for African wild life pictures)
I really love the food in Turkey. There are amazing donair and kebab places. There are also a lot of fish places (yuck). We found a very good restaurant where, when Molly goes back, she eats for free, and a pizza place that serves American styles pizzas and salads like at home. It was fun to eat in restaurants at first, but after a while you want cereal or scrambled eggs for dinner.
Today we went to the Dead Sea. Being in the Dead Sea is one of the weirdest experiences in your life. You will never have the sensation of floating ... just floating around and not even having to try to swim is so odd. When you touch the bottom of the lake you can grab a hand full of salt and see how clear and transparent it is. The salt water stings any cuts and scrapes on your body. I had a sore spot and it really hurt. It was pretty cool being at the lowest spot in the world.
For dinner we went to this amazing waffle restaurant. They had so many different types of waffle toppings, and they even had Kirkland maple syrup from Costco in Canada (the owner used to live in Newfoundland). I had a waffle with hot milk chocolate, bananas and crushed up Oreos. Mom and Dad shared a waffle because they were so big. Each half had different toppings. The owner wrote out our names in Hebrew - check mine out.
One of the unusual things about Israel is that you see men and women doing their military service walking around town with their giant machine guns. Seeing so many soldiers makes me feel worried about being here, and how safe it actually is.
Yesterday, before going to the movies, we saw a Kosher McDonald's across the park from our apartment in Jerusalem.
Today my mom and I visited the Time Elevator in Jerusalem Israel. The Time Elevator is a 4D movie that takes you through the history of Jerusalem. We started at the time of King Zedekiah and the prophet Jeremiah. We went through the tragedies of Jerusalem, including when King Nebuchadnezzar took over and also when the Romans enslaved the Jews. We ended at the Six Day War in 1967. If you come to Jerusalem, I suggest you go to the Time Elevator (unless you get motion sick).
Loved the camel burger and open-mic music at the Clock Cafe in Marrakech last Wednesday, so we went back to the Clock Cafe in Fes this week for the same thing. The camel meat was very good, even better than the beef some places.