To be honest, I’m not really sure where to begin. The idea behind this blog was to share my travel experiences and photos through the medium of a relatively convenient social platform. It has worked well and I have been able to easily communicate my daily experiences. From Shwa to Etosha has proven the best form of keeping in contact with anyone who is truly interested in my life (this and, of course, Facecrack/social media in general). I believe that social networking is an incredibly strong resource for the traveller and a big part of our lives, whether we accept it or not. I really wasn’t expecting the timeline of Shwa to Etosha to come to an end so quickly. I am saddened in a way to be leaving Africa and stopping these posts, however as I felt coming here, the road ahead is paved with opportunity and I need only to sustain my desire to continue taking full advantage of these opportunities. Being content and positive is the pathway to happiness and I truly believe that happiness is the measure of life. I was content with my life in Zanzibar and am content with my current travelling lifestyle, yet I find myself always pushing for that next step, the next adventure if you will. Am I really content with this constant life lived on the road, do I have happiness? To be honest, I’m not really sure…. so where to begin.
The last 7 months have added invaluable experience to my life and I will forever be fond of the memories I am taking from this continent. From Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar, to the house/mansion, job, diving, friends, to Uganda and back to Zanzibar, from all of these combined experiences and ultimately the epic backpacking journey across Southern Africa. Reading the past posts on this blog is the best expression of how my trip panned out and I am sure I will love re reading them in ten years time. A certain constant above all else are the people I have met along the way, they are too numerous to name and honestly it is difficult for me to attempt words for their incredible individual characteristics. I have met many people throughout the last 6 years of travelling and this time around was no different. I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, the people I meet are everything to me. I want to share with them, to listen, to be a small insignificant part of their beautiful life.
The greatest part of travel is the people you meet and the friendships you create. This is something that will never get old, never tire, no matter what your age, what your story, the world awaits and the people are there to hear you. So speak if you will, or hold your tongue and just wait. But consider the fact that the world is always in motion, so don’t get caught standing still.
Here is a link to a short video I made highlighting Zanzibar and the thoughts from some of my favourite people on the island. I hope you like/watch it! Do it.
Right so enough of the semi gushy stuff, let’s bring it back to the present. I have decided to continue writing under this same URL but using a different name. It’s not going to be any easier to pronounce though, sorry. “From Shwa to Ushuaia”. Give that a go.
For the next eight months I will be working as a small group adventure tour leader in the Southern Cone of South America. I want to continue documenting my experiences as a traveller and professional within the world of adventure tourism. The new site will be called “From Shwa to Ushuaia”. Shwa being the loveable nick name for the city I grew up in and Ushuaia being the end of the earth, the last major town at the end of the world. Look it up. I apologize for the pronunciation difficulties. They say the easier the site name the easier it is to remember. My bad, looks like I’ve screwed that one up, twice. Whatever, I’m stoked on the name. I hope you will continue to follow my travels throughout South America and enjoy reading my documented tales.
Caption: The summit of Kilimanjaro.
This being said, thank you is in order for your ongoing support. Honestly, it means the world to me and it is amazing to know people enjoy reading my posts and following my escapades throughout a life lived on the road. The seven month journey across Africa was everything and more than I had hoped for. I got the (unpaid) job in Zanzibar, made some incredible friends, had some life altering days/nights, and eventually walked off the island with a big smile ready to take on backpacking Southern Africa. The trip was one I had been planning for years and finally saw come into its entirety spanning some 8,000km in 8 weeks overland. What a trip too!! I travelled by bus, car, foot, bike, hitchhike, boat, whatever. It was an amazing adventure and feels as if it passed with the blink of an eye, incredible how the experience is almost dream like when you look back at it. I believe that this blog is one of the best ways for me to remember the individual moments over the next couple of years and I’m glad I decided to start writing it 7 months ago. If you haven’t already please feel free to check out some of the older posts I wrote, you might actually enjoy the reads!
The following are some of my favourite photos from the entire trip. I hope you like them.
Old Eyes, Young Shoulders. Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Gulu, Uganda.
Nearing the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Tasty. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Fuba Beach Lodge and its backdrop. Zanzibar.
Nemo. Found. Bawe reef, Zanzibar.
Peace in Malawi.
A striking sunset with the silhouette of local fisherman, Stone Town, Zanzibar.
In the plane climbing to 12,000 feet to jump out. Swakopmund, Namibia.
The girls and Jan loving life. Zanzibar.
I walk with a swagga’ in Maun, Botswana.
Kids with too much energy for 5:45am. Sunrise, Chitimba, Malawi.
Half on a train. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Anna enjoying an amazing sunset. Namutoni, Namibia.
One of the best days we had. Safari Blue, Zanzibar.
Stay tuned for “From Shwa to Ushuaia” posts in the near future! South America awaits. Vamos!