So, where are we going?

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Jun 28, 2009


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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

So, the first question everyone asks me when they hear I am traveling around the world with my family for the next year is:

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

That is a good question...

My parents told me that we were going to travel round the world right before school ended in June. I was very happy when I heard this because it means my dad will be at home (or wherever we are) every day this year! He traveled for his job a lot and I missed him, so it will be cool to be together. We talked a little about where we all wanted to go, then my mom and dad started planning. My first choice was Australia (I love the movie "Kangaroo Jack"!). I was born in South Africa and we go there at least once a year, so I knew that would be on the list. We have also traveled to Patagonia and I hope we go back there, too. So, a few weeks later, here is the list of countries we will visit:

Spain
Morocco
Tunisia
Turkey
Italy
Japan
Canada (to see the polar bears!)
India
Nepal
Maldives
South Africa
Namibia
Australia
New Zealand
Tahiti (maybe)
Indonesia
Easter Island
Chile
Peru
Argentina
Brazil
France

We will take planes, trains, cars, ferries, camels, elephants and donkeys to get from place to place. My sister is a little nervous about riding elephants to see tigers in India. She is afraid tigers like to eat elephants.

We did a test-drive trip to Ireland and England in June, and also visited my grandparents and cousins in Nashville. The trip to Ireland was fun - we stayed in a real castle (with murder holes and a dungeon), went to a medieval feast (another dungeon!), did falconry (I flew a Harris hawk) and I met a nine-year old boy on the beach in Connemara and "hurled" with him and his two brothers. (Hurling is a sport kids play in Ireland.) I am going to interview a kid my age (or close) everywhere I go so I interviewed him. He was really nice - I wish I could have hung out with him some more. I interviewed my cousin, Hannah, in Nashville and my friend, Jake, in London. I will tell you more abou the interviews later.

We have been in the Beaverkill Valley, at our little house in the Catskills, since July 4th. I go to my favorite camp every day, swim in the rive and pond, catch frogs and tadpoles - it is great! I also rode my bike 200 miles in five weeks to raise money for the Surf Shack Township surfers in Cape Town. I raised over $1000, I think! I wonder how many miles I will travel over the next year? It will be fun to count them up. Last weekend my friend Nicholas and his dad and my dad and I blazed a trail in the woods between our houses. I kind of feel like we will be blazing a trail the whole year because we have not been to a lot of the places before.

Next week we will go to New York City next to get our shots for the trip (Ouch!) and say goodbye to my best friends. I am having a sleepover with my friend Matthew and will be sad to say good bye to him for a year.

Then we head to Maine to say good bye to my Gram Anne and Grandpa Steve and cousins before flying to Spain in the middle of August. I have to start packing my backpack now. One thing I know I will bring - my new Nintendo DS and some Pokemon cards.

So that is it for now...more about school (or no school) and how I feel about all this next time.
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pbaird99
pbaird99 on

Cool kid
You seem like a cool kid, and you write very well. The trip sounds amazing. That sure is a lot of countries. Tell your sister that elephants are too big for tigers to eat. See you soon.

Love,

Dad

mercergirl
mercergirl on

Go Zola Go!!
Hi Zola!
I'm so happy for you and your family. May you surf many far away waves and meet many interesting people on your journey. I believe this trip will bring you more education than school ever will, but don't tell your parents I said that!!
love,
bree

cocolatte
cocolatte on

Zola, You Rock!!
It sure is fun to read about your many adventures. Hope you keep a daily dairy to share online with us. Hope Lulu is having fun to. See ya'll next time you are in Nashville. John and Kim

sdliles
sdliles on

Lekker rys!
Zola

Have a super year! I cannot wait to read your interviews and keep track as you travel the globe.

Send us stickers and stamps from your countries - and teach us how to say hello.

Have a super year!

Beck, Taylor, Maureen and Scott

ewunia
ewunia on

Hola Zola!!!
You are the best boy in the world and now you get to travel it too!!! I will be reading your journal like an "Indiana Jones" book. You will meet so many new friends and see so many interesting places...I am very jealous and happy at the same time. You are a very fortunate boy. Please keep me posted.I will miss you all!!!
P.S. Don't underestimate your little sister. She is as brave as her brother and can handle tigers, elephants, spiders etc. You will see:)

Love,
Ewa

zolab
zolab on

Re: Lekker rys!
Dear Ewa,

Thank you. I wish you were coming along too! I wish you could be our tutor - do you want to be our tutor on our journey around the world? I will write you about our first stop, Spain.

We miss you. Lulu is fine. We got an Ipod for the family for the trip and Lu loves it.

Love,

Zola

zolab
zolab on

Re: Zola, You Rock!!
Dear Scott, Maureen, Beck, and Taylor,

We hope to see you soon - come meet us maybe in Spain or somewhere!

Love,

Zola

zolab
zolab on

Re: Cool kid
Dear Dad,

You rock!

Love,

Zola

zolab
zolab on

Re: Go Zola Go!!
Dear Bree,

Thank you for all your help in San Diego. I am sorry we are not moving there but I will surf lots.

Love,

Zola

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