No Rules, Just Right

“Adventure is a path.Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both.This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” ~ Mark Jenkins

This whole week I have just been excited. I think I can safely say I have sorted out the annoying little things that were niggling me and the bulk of my stress is behind me and I can finally start enjoying planning my upcoming trip. I’m still working hard on my assignments, two are in and I have three more to go before I leave in just under two months. I am getting there, even if it’s slowly, but I still have lots of work ahead of me!

You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” ~ Daranna Gidel

For quite a while now Donna and I have been looking at what we want to do on our holiday and where we want to go. I must say I find it funny calling it a holiday when we are going to be slogging away, with only tiny amounts of air to breathe, trying to get to the top of a very high mountain. When exactly did that become a holiday?  98% of my holidays are spent doing some crazy adventure, ones that most people class as far from relaxing. Strangely enough for me, this is relaxing in a very odd kind of way.

This week we made the decision that we both do not want to be tied down to specific dates and times and we are going to wing it ~ this is why I love my friend so much ~ she’s as crazy as me and we are happy to see where our African adventures lead us with no set plan, expect for climbing Kilimanjaro of course – there is just no getting out of that one!  We will have the freedom to go where we please, stay as long as we please in places that resonate with our souls and explore, discover and do crazy things!  We might even have an opportunity to sleep on a fishing boat on our way to paradise…. yip, bring on the adventure I say!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost

Some people look at me with a horrified look on their face when I tell them this. For me, this is what makes my holiday exciting.  This is where all the fun lies. Not knowing where or how or what ~ just exploring and following where our souls take us. Having to be at a certain place at a certain time and constantly clock watching doesn’t excite me.  Live life on the edge, leave things to chance….

Speaking of living on the edge, I was having a chat with my mom on the phone the other day and I mentioned that my passport was “hidden” away in my pillow. You see I get a bit paranoid when I’m going to travel that something is going to happen to my passport so I “hide” it away. She went on to tell me in no uncertain terms that my passport would be given to her to go into the safe. It’s in the safe now at their house, yet I’m still paranoid something is going to happen to it, like someone breaking into the house and ripping the safe off the wall and they toddle off with my passport…. hence “hiding” my passport safely in my pillow ~ don’t judge!

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel

is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time,

to be in a position in which almost nothing

is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

~ Bill Bryson

Two girls, two backpacks and the raw wilderness of Africa to explore!

56 Days until the our adventures begin!


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