|Dinner tonight was six courses paired with Northern Cape wines|
Good evening from beautiful Northern Cape, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
It's been most wonderful so far, full of great experiences, amazing scenery, nice people and wonderful food.
It's a really good break for me to be here.
The timing was just right, too, as I really needed some thinking time, away from everything, to think about what I really want in life aside from a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
Everyone needs such a thinking time IMHO, and this trip is mine.
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RESOLUTION # 1:
BREAK MORE PERSONAL BOUNDARIES
One of the first things I've decided to do is take on more challenges and break more personal boundaries.
We all live in our own versions of a comfort zone, and it's not easy to push past that. I resolved to do this more often, if not as often as possible.
PADDLING TO NAMIBIA
On this trip, I succeeded in doing a couple of this -- and I'm sure I'll have a few more opportunities to break barriers along the way.
I've never paddled a canoe across a river, for one thing.
But yesterday, that was exactly what I did, right in the middle of the most beautiful nowhere possible in the world.
CO-PILOTING A PLANE
I also kind of co-piloted a Pilatus plane across Northern Cape.
For someone who has always dreaded small planes, this is a first to sit right up next to the pilot for about a dozen rides across the wilderness.
RESOLUTION # 2:
TO APPRECIATE LIFE EVEN MORE
I also resolved to appreciate everything in my life more, after a nice conversation over dinner last night with Morne Steenkamp, the son of the owner of the Tulta Safari Lodge, which was lodge I was staying at.
His family owns a whole lot of other businesses besides.
We both agreed that we were very lucky to be doing something we loved for a living. Not everyone is as lucky.
THANK YOU, EVERY SINGLE DAY
Personally, not a day goes by that I don't think about this, because I have to admit that it's really a pretty wonderful and fabulous life.
I wake up thankful every single day that I get to do what I love and live the life I want.
But anyway, after our conversation last night, I resolved to be more appreciative and happier about this.
TWO SAD THINGS IN A WONDERFUL LIFE
No one has a perfect life and even in a Travelife, not everything goes the way one wishes.
I have to admit that there are about two things in this world that really make me sad, when I have think about these -- and almost nothing but these two things ever make me sad.
But, again, everything should be placed in context.
When 99,998 things in your life are going so wonderfully, the two things in this world that make you sad shouldn't really matter.
So, for me, it's finally time to let go of those two things.
As I said to someone last night: "There are too many things going well in my life, to think about the things that aren't going anywhere."
RESOLUTION # 3:
TO COOK MORE
Finally, I resolved to cook more.
It's such a simple resolution, but it took this trip to a country where people love cooking and the simple life to make me feel like cooking more.
So this afternoon, I went to a kitchen store in South Africa, and I bought some spices and a couple of things for my kitchen.
I thought I'd learn how to make a bobotie and Malva pudding while I'm here.
These are both very South African dishes, and I just loved them when I tasted them on my last trip here.
MAKING MY OWN DUKKAH
Then I found a contraption that will enable me to make my own dukkah. It's healthy and delicious, and it goes with everything.
I loved eating dukka almost everyday at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania, and finding this contraption was all the push I needed to decide to make my own dukkah. I even bought all the nuts and the spices for it.
I just hope everything fits into my luggage which is bursting to capacity, even without my African statues yet.
THE MOST PERSONAL BLOG IN A TRAVELIFE
This is probably the most personal blog entry I'll ever write, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
Blame it on this beautiful lodge I'm staying in in the Northern Cape.
It's another lovely house that was converted into a hotel, reminding me once more of a nice stay in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last month, living a Travelife.