we are on the last leg of our around the world cruise leaving the Bahama area heading towards Fort Lauderdale. These three waterspouts just dropped down out of an overhead storm cloud. We have to get through their area to get to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow morning our final destination.

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The Tampons

The three identical apartment buildings in the background of this photo are affectionately known in Cape Town as “The Tampons”

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A Major Highlight

A major highlight of our around the world cruise has been our visit with Andrew and Molly Marx. Andrew is a vascular surgeon doing good work in South Africa.

I thought they lived in Cape Town so I emailed them telling them we would arrive in early April.

They replied: fine we are looking forward to getting together with you.

What I didn’t realize is that they lived in Pretoria about 1000 miles north of Cape Town.

And they don’t let distances get in their way.

They took a train to Cape Town and we have just finished a marvelous three days together traveling to the Cape of good hope, visiting wine country and other sights and scenes from the Cape Town area.

Last night the four of us enjoyed a talk from Bishop Desmond Tutu on board our ship. He received an award from our cruise line.

Our reception in South Africa has greatly exceeded our expectations.

Ernie & Helene

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Day 58–March 3–Puerta Princesa—A TRIKE NAMED JOY

In Puerta Princesa, Philippines, Helene & I decided to get a ride on a “trike” (A motorcycle that carries 2 passengers and a driver in a covered box.)

Once we got in, the driver said: “let’s take a trip with Ernie.”

My first thought was “I must have a name tag on”. No!! It turned out his name was also Ernie.

So the caption to this photo should read.

ERNIE MEETS ERNIE (Halfway Around the World)

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Day 53–Feb. 26 Bali (The Monkey Forest)

You are not allowed to touch the monkeys in the Monkey Forest.

But they are allowed to touch you!

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After 2 months of cruise food.

Helene Biegel found this cafe on Kangaroo Island. She is thinking of starting a franchise in the States.

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