“Sailing Away” and Our trip to Africa.

My wife and I recently went on vacation to Africa. I was preparing to write “Sailing Away”, and needed to learn more about Africa and her people.

Our journey took us to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.

The people there were the most gracious and kind people that anyone could imagine. We were in Victoria as the political situation there, started to deteriorate. So what else is new for us?

We had the same wonderful and informative guide throughout our safari in all of the country’s that I mentioned above. We visited young people in their schools and met the locals in many places. The weather was perfect and we were lucky enough to see the “big five.”

The accommodations in the parks were much more than adequate and the food was great.

I am not an adventurous flyer. But having said that, the internal flights went off without a hitch and the views were wonderful. 

I have taken many flights on planes in countries with less than stellar flying history, but when in Rome… We have survived them all up to this point, obviously. No one is going to live forever and so if I were to go, I pick flying on vacation as my best possible choice.

There were large herds of elephants roaming around the area and we were fortunate to see hundreds of them taking their turns at one of their favorite watering holes on a day trip. They are totally silent as they walked past us, unless they trumpeted or tore down a tree while eating.

We were with a small group of strangers and got along well in these politically, difficult times.

If you haven’t been to Africa, you must go. If you already have gone, you must go back and enjoy the warm hospitality of the people again.

My 18th century English sailing novel, “Sailing Away” is now available on Amazon. It is the follow up novel of “The Adventures of the Smith Family.”

The first chapters of my novels are available to read here on my website.

My audio interview with brian@briantellsstories.com titled “Growing up with murderers” is here on my website and Facebook page at R.C. Hand. It is about an hour long, but very interesting. He has a very lively personality and he covered my childhood adventures and travels well.

We are just back from our Oct. 2023 trip to Jordan and another trip to Africa. Yes, timing is everything. This was our third attempt to see Egypt and her mysteries. The short stories and photos of our adventure is up on Facebook and the longer version will be here soon. 

Don’t miss the fun videos of my on stage true storytelling at The Long Beach Searches for The Greatest Storyteller events on my Facebook page and Instagram at R.C. Hand.

There are now several videos of me guesting on podcasts here and on Facebook at R.C. Hand.

“Sunrise, Sunset,” my book of ten short stories is now on Amazon and Audible.