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I was first bitten by the travel bug at age 10, when my parents 'despatched' me to meet my relations in Czechoslovakia. Five years later, I was in Munich for the 1972 Olympic games, an event touched by both briilliance and tragedy. Key memory of the games was watching Mark Spitz of the U.S. win 5 of his 7 Olympic golds in the futuristic swimming stadium. In Summer 1976, still in thrall to travel, I hitchhiked from Amsterdam to Athens.
In 1989, I headed to Oz and the Great Barrier Reef. Then overland from Darwin (stopping en route to swim in the clear blue water of Katherine Gorge) to Alice Springs and on to Ayres Rock/Uluru. Back to Oz in 2000 for the best ever Olympics in Sydney.
By 2001, Africa and safari trips had become a consuming passion. Started with trips to Cape Town, the Kruger and Umfolozi National Parks (as well as the Drakensberg Mountains), followed by safaris to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro (a high-altitude extinct volcano in Tanzania),