25.06.2015 - 25.06.2015
I've been working on this entry for over a week. I've been putting it off due to the topic. But here it is, finally. Enjoy.
Today's the day I (am forced to) say good bye to Africa (for now). It's actually one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I've fallen in love with this beautiful country, and having to get on a plane and fly away is pretty painful.
66 days ago I arrived in Joburg with little expectations and a whole lot of apprehension. Today I can easily say that Africa has proven to me that even the roughest of countries have a lot of beauty in it, it's up to us to see it.
Writing this blog has also been harder than expected, as it's nearly impossible to put in words the adventures I've been on (and the lack of Internet didn't help either). Besides, words and photos don't do enough, it's really something you have to experience for yourself.
I've been fortunate enough to have traveled quite a bit by myself (not that I'm bragging), but I can easily say that Africa has challenged me in more ways. I look back at my time in Europe and think that all I did was drink a lot and take terrible selfies. Although, I still did that here in Africa, I like to think I did it with a bit more dignity ... This adventure though, has seen me do many other things, things I've never planned on doing. Four years ago in Europe, the most extreme thing I did was to get on a plane by myself.
I look back now and go, "why did I wait so long?"
Top 10 highlights (in no particular order):
- Volunteering/cage diving with Great Whites in Gansbaai
- Skydiving in Swakopmund
- Seeing the 'Big 5' in Kruger National park, twice
- Sleeping inside a cave in Spitzkoppe
- Walking lion cubs in Livingston
- Riding an Ostrich in Oudtshoorn
- Watching wild animals drink at the waterhole in Etosha National Park late at night
- Swimming on top of Victoria Falls in Livingston
- Surfing lessons in Chintsa
- Climbing Dune 45/seeing dead pan
Pretty much all of these highlights have challenged me mentally/physically/emotionally and because of that I'd like to think I'm a little more stronger/gangsta/tougher (mainly the gangsta part).
Starting out on my African adventure, I can honestly say I didn't expect these 10 to be on my to do list, well, besides the cage diving - I can thank that, the number one thing on my bucket list, for all this!
Looking back at the videos from both cage and sky diving I can barely recognise myself, seriously. I look ridiculously happy (and completely scared). I like seeing myself like that. Usually the photos I see of myself, my smile is more or less put on, but this was 100% real. Maybe I should keep doing crazy/spontaneous things!? If only money was limitless ...
I really have had an amazing adventure in Africa, but no matter what I write it's not enough.
One adventure down, two to go - and yes, I should mention I've added a new adventure! I've been away from Africa for 7 days now, and I'm already starting with the crazy/spontaneous things!
But that my friend will have to wait till another blog.
Until then, it's adiós.
Oh and thank you, seriously! You guys have pushed me to keep this blog up, and I really appreciate it! Even though I was terribly delayed and most were ridiculously long, we got through it - but I did warn you at the beginning!
Next stop, INDIA!!