All the beauty of India – Part One

I haven’t written anything in a lonnnngggg time. I guess life just takes over without you realising.

Over this past weekend though, a friend that I hadn’t seen in a very long time was home to visit (she lives and teaches in Hong Kong now and I live at home in South Africa). She told me that she loves following my page. It’s weird; I never really consider that anyone actually takes the time to read what I have to say. Nonetheless, one of the items on my “35+ things to do before 35” is to maintain my blog, even if nobody reads it.

SOOO, thanks Cay for giving me the kick up the butt that I needed. Now I can finally tell the story of our magical journey through India (8 months ago!).

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Packing Lists

travel list
travel list

I’m a planner, a list maker, an organiser…but when it comes down to it, I’m still always open to the idea of dropping my plans, to do something better!

4 more Mondays, and then we’re off on our trip to India. So what do you think I’m doing in the meanwhile, PLANNING! I can’t contain my excitement.

What would you take on a 3 weeks trip to India? Thats one week up in the Himalayas in December (cold), and then 2 weeks down South causing along the beaches from Kerala to Goa. A bit of a contrast in climates.

So…my thoughts are:

2x leggings

2x warm top (no jacket…to bulky and annoying)

bikinis & underwear & socks 🙂

1x scarf/sarong (good for being conservative and covering up, but also great for using on the beach)

2x maxi skirt (have to cover those legs in India but still cool enough for the heat)

a few tops/tshirts/vests

antibiotics (in preparation for delhi belly) & toiletries

flipflops & trainers

Am I missing anything?

1x boyfriend

iPhone & goPro & selfie stick –> (am I seriously even considering buying one????)

passports & tickets & book (the sequel to Shantaram which has just been released!)

happy energy and a sense of adventure

And I think that should just about do it…

What do you think?

Bare in mind that I’m going to be shopping up a storm while I’m there. I’m bursting with excitement.

It’s been too long since I went on adventure of this scale. ❤

3 months probation!

3 months probation! It’s not what you think. it’s the good kind of probation.

I’ve now been at my job for almost 3 months. What defines 3 months to you? When I look back, 3 months to me equals 3 horribly difficult, soul numbing months of banana farming in Australia. 3 months was just under half of my trip through South America. 3 months can drag by, or it can fly by, depending on what you’re doing. But this time, the 3 months have flown by,  3 months of probation at my new job, and at the end of this month we will (hopefully) sign my permanent contract.

So, what has been happening in the past 3 months (other than me neglecting my blog)?

Well, to summarise…

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9 Careless things to do in and around Cairns

Cairns in Australia (not Cannes in France) is a beautiful seaside town, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! I’m sure Cannes is beautiful too, but I haven’t been there yet.

While working on a banana farm for 3 months just North of Cairns, in a dingy town called Innisfail, my friend Hayley and I did a fair bit of exploring the region. At first, we didn’t see why people liked Cairns so much, but it’s charm really did grow on us in huge doses.

So here are my tips for you:

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New Years Resolutions

Happy New Years from South Africa

New Years Resolutions

May this be the year to fulfil all your dreams, go on loads of adventures, say yes, smile, let your skin absorb some sunshine, let the ocean wash away your worries and let your toes bury themselves in the sand. Happy New Year Everybody! 

My question is, do you ever set yourself New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them? I don’t normally bother, but this year, I’m keeping it simple. These are my New Years Resolutions:

1. Travel travel traveleasy, we’re headed to Thailand, but also, potentially meet Hayley (my travel buddy while in Aus/if I were lesbian she would be my partner, but I’m not) in Nepal in the British Summer, and meet Danni & Kieran (close friend from home and her boyfriend) somewhere, maybe Bali? So that’s a good start for that resolution.

2. Teach English in Asia – Flights are booked. Busy doing my TEFL course. Have I made this all to easy for myself?

3. Stop eating red meat! (I was doing really well at this in Australia, but since I’ve been home, and we Braai (BBQ), and eat Biltong (way better than Jerky!), and my mom cooks an amazing Spaghetti Bolognese and a cracker of a roast Lamb too, it’s made it pretty hard to stay away! So, I thought that as soon as I get to Thailand in March it’ll be a fresh start and the best time to curb to red meat diet).

4. Last but not least, my resolution is to say yes to more adventures!! 

I don’t even know if these are resolutions, they feel more like ideals that I would like to deeper engrain into my soul. And so ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, princes and princesses, cats and dogs, these are my goals for 2015.

Happy New Year!!

travel map

Click here to see my lovely Travel Map at Travellerspoint. It’s still a work in progress. So many places I’ve been that I still need to add (mainly Europe). Still so many more places to see. Travelling makes me happiest.

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…life in limbo isn’t all that bad

Cape Town, South Africa

When I came home from Australia in September 2014, it was 3 months earlier than planned. Plans! Who needs them? Everything happens for a reason. Everything always works out how it should. I’m a firm believer in this.

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Why travel makes you awesome!

It’s amazing what travel does for a person, for their soul, for their happiness. I read this post from Nomadic Matt, and loved it. I had to share. http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/why-travel-makes-you-awesome/

I cannot wait to get out there on my next adventure. I am counting down the days. My soul needs some new inspiration, some new challenges. Enjoy, and thanks Matt. 🙂

 

the past is the past for a reason

I found this beautiful poem about The Past, and I just had to share it.

Changing The Past

The past is the past for a reason
That is where it is supposed to stay
But some cannot let it go
In their heads it eats away

Until all their focus becomes
The person that they used to be
The mistakes they made in their life
Oh, if only they could see

That you cannot change what happened
No matter how hard you try
No matter how much you think about it
No matter how much you cry

What happens in your lifetime
Happens for reasons unknown
So you have to let the cards unfold
Let your story be shown

Don’t get wrapped up in the negative
Be happy with what you have been given
Live for today not tomorrow
Get up, get out and start living

Because the past is the past for a reason
It’s been and now it is gone
So stop trying to think of ways to fix it
It’s done, it’s unchangeable, move on

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/changing-the-past#ixzz3JghC405b
Family Friend Poems

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Since I’ve been home…

I’ve been home for 6 weeks already. Time. Where does it go? It’s crazy to think that 6 months ago I was all covered in banana sap on a grubby, sweaty, humid, spider infested banana farm in Australia, living in an 8 bed dorm for 3 months, and counting those days away with so much resentment. Now, the days are flying by quicker than I can even imagine.

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