The Intersection

i-4a7177161c305857aa19fc200cd42e8f-600px-Moon-Mdf-2005.jpgI’ve arrived in South Africa. The Southern Cross is visible and the moon is spectacularly bright from where I sit. Seasons and skies are backwards here. On June 24, it’s the start of winter and 6 hours into the future. Tonight finds me pondering whether I’m now upside down on this great continent. More likely, I was never right side up to begin with.

Over dinner our team discovered we’re all birders. This countryside has a great deal to offer in that respect and I hope to see bee-eaters. We also discussed this [Though I’m too exhausted for details, well worth reading]. For now, I’m looking forward to the curious dreams that find those of us taking anti-malaria pills. Last time I slept was overnight Friday in DC. Now half a world away, it’s two hours short of Monday. So Goodnight Pretoria Moon. In the coming days I look forward to seeing you again from my sleeping bag under the stars in Kruger National Park.


  1. #1 Chris Mooney
    June 24, 2007

    Hey Sheril,
    Is the water rotating differently in the sinks and toilets?

    Just kidding, we all know that’s a myth…or at least, I hope we do.

  2. #2 coturnix
    June 24, 2007

    But, do birds fly upside down?

  3. #3 Linda
    June 24, 2007

    A happy and colorful picture painted in my mind from your short written piece under the Pretoria moon. Many adventures to come, lucky you…

  4. #4 Graeme
    June 25, 2007

    Hey, welcome to South Africa… :)

  5. #5 Sheril Kirshenbaum
    June 25, 2007

    I can verify the water rotates the same way, but hot and cold faucets appear on opposite sides. Traffic does too.

    And coturnix, the birds are as upside down as I am.

    Thanks Graeme, happy to be wandering about this beautiful landscape.

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