About the trip to South Africa

Since I posted the first set of photos from South Africa earlier this week I have received a ton of emails saying  “great vacation pics. Please upload some more.” I want to point out that we wweren’t there on vacation. While not all of the photos are from Motherwell and the school where we built the playground,  the trip had a real purpose. We were there to film a documentary and build a playground at the school.

The purpose of the trip was to call attention to what Mama Nozake is doing with the soup clubs, and how she is helping those that are HIV positive. The purpose of the trip was to show what kind of impact she is having in her community, and how she is fighting against great hardships in an attempt to improve the lives of so many with so very little. I am attaching a number of photos to this post. The reason we went is shown on the faces of the children in many of these photos. If you want more information about Nozake and the film, please go to the official film blog here.

The next 14 days, starting tomorrow

The small amount of baggage I am taking with me to Africa.

The small amount of baggage I am taking with me to Africa.

Starting tomorrow I’m living out of a suitcase for the next 14 days. This is that bag. A small duffel bag crammed  to the gills with stuff. 3 pairs of pants, 4 shirts, a pair of shorts, socks, underwear, and other things like granola bars, toiletries, and such. This is going to be interesting. It seems like every time I travel abroad the suitcase gets smaller and the camera bag gets bigger. The Kata bag in the background holds all my still camera gear for the trip. It’s a mid-sized sling backpack that has enough room for 2 camera bodies and an assortment of lenses and additional stuff. Tomorrow when we are all at the airport I’ll try and get a shot of all the gear we are taking and  uploaded it here as well as at I have a few more small items I need to pick up before the trip. Things like a power converter that will work in South Africa, as well as a hat. Yes my thinning hair needs some help protecting my scalp.

So, this should be interesting, I’m curious how long it will take a pair of cargo pants to dry on a clothes line in my bathroom, or a pair of socks. I’m  thinking that if I can pull off traveling for this long, with this little of stuff I’ll never need to pack large again. We’ll see about that in 14 days I guess.