Last night, somewhere in South Africa's Northern Cape, living a Travelife, I had the most interesting discussion about life, work, business and passion with a family running one of the top safari lodges in the province.
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FUN OVER A BARBECUE
We were all sitting around a bonfire outside, enjoying a traditional South African braai (which means barbecue) on a gorgeous and cool evening.
The father poured me a very nice red wine that tasted of coffee and chocolate, and then we started talking.
Pretty soon the conversation turned to running a business successfully and having a passion in life, and how these two things are so intertwined.
We were agreeing on a lot of things, and pretty soon his two sons joined us.
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I COULD HAVE TALKED ALL NIGHT
Then long after everyone else had gone inside to actually have dinner, the four of us remained outside exchanging ideas about marketing, branding and running a business.
It was really enjoyable and interesting, and I could have stayed there all night talking, even without having dinner.
ALL ABOUT LOVE
One of them said: "You obviously love what you do."
I answered in a flash: "Yes. Too much. If I didn't have to sleep, I'd work all night."
The father then said: "You're a workaholic then?"
I replied: "Not really. But when you're creating and growing something, it's impossible to turn that lightbulb in your head off. In fact, my "down time" is when I travel. I get to sit around a bonfire and have conversations like this."
I LOVE SUPERMARKETS
I wasn't kidding either. And I almost added: "And I get to actually spend time in shopping malls and supermarkets."
I love going to supermarkets when I travel as it's a great way to get a feel of how people live.
TODAY WAS A LONG DAY
Our conversation continued way into dinner and even after.
Before I knew it was 11 PM and I needed to turn in as I'd had a really long day.
I'd woken up at 530 AM in the Kalahari Desert, and I'd driven four hours on a game drive, and then jumped on the plane to fly across Northern Cape.
TOMORROW SOUNDS EXCITING
Then I was asked: "Apart from the program we've planned for you, do you have anything else you want to do?"
I said: "I want to look at something exotic for my floor."
I have only a few more days in South Africa, and this was the only thing left on my bucket list.
STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR
I'd already gotten a couple, but I still hadn't found exactly what I was looking for. Or something truly unusual.
One of the sons said: "There's a taxidermist about 100 kilometers away. He might have something."
100 kilometers on the good roads of South Africa is just over an hour by car. So I replied: "I can do that. It's just an hour's drive from here."
THE QUICK AND FANCY WAY
But the other son said: "I can take you there in my helicopter. It's quicker."
It most certainly is, and I had no complaints about that.
So tomorrow, after breakfast, we're taking off from the garden and landing right next to the taxidermist.
SHOPPING IN STYLE
Talk about shopping in style.
And if my current luck holds out, I might even come home with something I like, to remind me of this pretty wonderful trip to South Africa's Northern Cape, and my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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