Dr. Brian Trader P.H.D.
Travel safely and have a wonderful time! Jan and ET Trader
October 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Summer – loved how you wrote about leaving Pennsylvanian’s first hints of autumn and arriving in South Africa at the end of spring. wow! what a perspective on how far your group has traveled! time zones are not as tangible as fall to late spring! the slide show was a nice touch.
Nicole- did the orange stuff from David’s overturned cup in the airport photo ever spill out? *grin* hope the rest of your flights were as “smooth” as your first one.
David- thanks for the picture you posted of your group in the professional gardener program spot
Lauren- I can see you on the terrace with the wisteria and a cup of coffee
October 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm
John W- nice descriptives. . . straight up the mountain on ladders, grips, and chains. *yikes* nice colors in your photo. . . are those your shoes dangling over the cliff? checked out the other photos for clues as to who the feet belonged to in the group *smile*. nice size comparison. . . hand to plant but noticed no hand to bug *wink wink*.
Erin- did you blog Kirstenbosch? thanks for sharing Kirstenbosch so thoroughly with those of us who were not aware of its “known around the world” status. who am I kidding? I didn’t know it existed at all until you introduced us to it! thanks. good job.
John M- can hear you all singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” while you experienced South Africa in its “most primal state”. perfect song for setting the mood. glad you shared that detail as it added another dimension to your blog for your readers. we had a collective “ahhhh” when we read you encountered a herd of wild zebras. betting you all had an “ahhhh” moment as well. another collective “ahhhh”, though with a little different tone, went out when we read about your flat tire.
to the passenger of Lauren’s vehicle – will you call shotgun again?
Lauren- who would have thought driving those back roads from Arden to work at Philly driving speeds would ever come in handy! hnknagwlmd:)
all those who were happy to get a replacement vehicle raise your hand
October 10, 2011 at 2:47 am
tim- kudos to you for saving the day and changing the flat tire! they all owe you a drink. . . have they paid up yet?
October 10, 2011 at 2:50 am
Emily- clever blog title. your narrative was an interesting read. never knew tea could take that much time or steps to produce; almost as complicated as making wine. the name is even cool . . . roobios loved your word choice “endemic”. had to look it up in the dictionary *tee hee* :prevalent in a place, as a disease. what a visual that word evoked!
October 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm
What a great experience you are all having. I see you found one of Brian’s favorite things (spider). When you see a monkey on the side of the road, take a picture. MIss you all.
October 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Nicole – enjoyed your “walk through” the group’s tours for two days. learned a lot and liked your “details of the day” sharing with us the weather you’ve been having – checking out the “locals” and sharing photos (anyone get a shot of the tortoise or did he go too fast?) – extra curricular activities not on the itinerary (English fort) – filling us in on the local gossip (poaching wild succulents: guessing they aren’t poaching the cactus *eeks*)
October 12, 2011 at 12:28 am
Brian, I hope you didn’t borrow anything from the Succulent Garden.
October 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Beautiful photos!! So jealous of the warm sunshine and seeing amazing plants in their native habitat!! Love you Lauren!
October 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm
lauren: couldn’t let you come home without souvenirs! at least one. check your bank account. you have money. love, granny
October 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Lauren , I am so happy you got to take this remarkable trip – but – I am not a bit jealous. I am not a wilderness girl, give me the bnig city any day!Love you, Granny
October 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm
to the mystery blogger- so far it seems that each PG is responsible for a blogging. totally gave Erin credit for blogging Kirstenbosch (another unsigned entry) from her name being mentioned in the previous blog; therefore, trying to guess who is writing the most recent unsigned stay-tuned blog leaves David, Timothy, and Carolyn. assuming Dr. Brian and Lauren aren’t in the mix as they aren’t PG’s *grin*. assuming Erin did indeed already blog, I’m guessing . . . Timothy. seems as though I’ll have to stayed tuned to see
Lauren- 5 things to be happy about
*connecting across the world
*playing “Where’s Lauren” and spotting her in the blogging
*seeing Melissa’s name in a comment box
*checking the PG Class of 2011Study Abroad site and finding a new posting to read
*new experiences to journal, photograph, and savor forever
October 14, 2011 at 4:20 am
David- the mystery blogger revealed *grin* – walked? did you say walked during the Sanbona Expedition? assumed the group would be confined to a vehicle not out-n-about to stumble across the Springbok, Eland, Klipspringer, Kudu. yep. that’s the list of animals I have to look up thanks to your blog. no idea what any of those are! the list of plants I have no idea about is too long for this mere mortal to list, though loved your info about baby bottoms aging into granny bottoms
Carolyn ? Cruising though the Kogelberg – at the end of your blog you mentioned “Tim and I” so this unsigned blog I’m giving credit to you. should I be giving credit for the photos with that blog to you as well? your description of “simply breathtaking” in your writing applies to many of the photos as well. loved the reflection of the group in the water photo, and the flowers in the foreground, and the lush green of the…. your photo collection “simply” take the “breathtaking” prize.
October 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Tim- was that your sneak peek at Stellenbosch? who would have guessed the translation “situated far away” would translate no internet! the estate looked beautiful from the photos, which translates gorgeous in person. intriguing ‘white box’ picture… will come back to the site for your follow-up post… until then happy flying!
October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Carolyn- oops! totally gave Tim credit for the sneak peek at Stellenbosch. so please reread Tim’s above comment and apply to self did read the continuing posting and enjoyed the extra pictures you added. welcome home!
Tim- I gave you credit for the first mystery blog and then Stellenbosch blog. please Tim, blog something for all the loyal readers of the PG 2011 trip to South Africa so we can enjoy your point of view
October 20, 2011 at 1:34 am
Tim- our last, but not least blogger so handicap parking signs are universal! as are plants, social issues, and waste treatments *smile*. nothing in life is perfect… from flat tires (kudos again for fixing that problem) to broken vehicles, to visiting places that show us how fortunate your group was to experience a corner of the world some any never see. May the impact you left there be one of grace.
travelers- love the new picture posted here hope the dimensions you brought back from your journey to South Africa be bigger than you anticipated and the memories be as sweet as your favorite experience.
Brian- the man in charge – hope you eeked out some “aahhh moments” of bliss and enjoyment in between all the responsibilites that were on your shoulders for this trip. and I hope you were able to get that picture of a monkey for your mother
October 21, 2011 at 4:14 am
to all the PG’s : I really enjoyed your brown bag. It was great to see you all in person, put a name to each face, put a voice with each blog, and to say hello rather than post a comment I confess that I’m not entirely sure I’d get Emily or Erin with the correct face *sorry*, but I do now know which one is Dr. Brian *grin*. the photo you presented Lauren is amazing.
Tim: the video you compiled is beyond amazing! it made me tear up watching it. it made me, as well as the rest of the standing-room only crowd, laugh, sigh, and aaahhhh. great great job.
Graduation will be upon you soon…. Congratulations! May you each take something wonderful from your time as a PG at Longwood into your next adventure.
November 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm
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