Fourteen years ago, on June 6, 2000, I stood with my family at the Canadian cemetery by Juno Beach. We had arrived at the commemoration ceremony partially by accident; unable to find a camping spot, we’d parked our VW Westfalia in the cemetery parking lot, and awoke the next morning to find ourselves surrounded by armoured vehicles, teary-eyed veterans, and soldiers with machine guns. I have no doubt that it was being there, along with coinciding visits to Vimy, Verdun, and numerous other WWI/II sites in northern Europe, that taught me the importance of remembrance.
My younger brother and I are currently in Namibia, just finishing our first week of a whirlwind camping road trip through southern Africa.
We rented a very small hatchback 2WD car, and have made our way from Johannesburg, north into Botswana, and now Namibia. We also made a day trip to see Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Here are a few initial photos from the trip. Read more