I’m from a tiny corner of the world called South Africa. Oh my word! Africa?! Like really really?! Yes, really really 🙂 I love how people react when I tell them where I am from. First a smile and then a look of sheer possibility. You can always see the imagination of Africa’s beauty in their eyes and, truthfully, that beauty that they are imagining, is beyond imaginable. Though, what I have recently begun to learn is that this is also true for the rest of the world. That is what I am here to share with you.
I was fortunate enough to grow up with a father that took the family on regular vacations to places that boasted South Africa’s natural landscapes and endless displays of the heart of African soil. On these trips my dad and I would always bond over watching birds, starring for hours at the stars, making fires, and me fetching him beers. He was very quick to teach me how to pour the perfect beer.
Since then nature, the outdoors and exploration of the unknown has always played a prominent role in my life. When I “grew up” and started working I would take leave every quarter and head somewhere new on home soil. My aim was always to get into the mountains, to the river, the forest, and anything else my homeland had to offer.
I recently took the plunge and fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling further beyond the borders of not just South Africa but Africa as well. I had begun in France and did the very typical tourist thing by visiting all the famous art, architecture and culture of its cities. Then I made my way to India where nature and myself officially eloped.
After my time there I realized that some of my happiest and most self-progressive moments were occurring where pure, natural beauty existed around me and where experience, without expectation, was virgin. To speak of the ways in which moments like these can help build you would require a new page on this blog.
I’ve begun a personal mission to explore further, deeper, and higher into and onto the earth, and I would like to share that experience with you with the hopes that it will inspire you to do the same. The world has much to see, so, let’s go see it.