Out of Africa — a story of a forever restless adventurer and truly a story of a never-ending Travelife — sort of reminded me of this even more.
You see, we’d stayed at the Selati Lodge of the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve — chosen as best safari experience for 2013, by the way — and my suite and the whole set-up of Selati Lodge was straight out of the “Out of Africa” movie.
WHEN IT COMES, YOU’LL KNOW IT
Then I remembered how I’d finally decided to visit Africa — or what I like to call my Africa moment.
I guess many travelers have that sort of a moment in their lives — a significant couple of valuable minutes wherein they cross a thresshold of comfort, take on an experience of a lifetime, and never look back again.
IN SRI LANKA, LIVING A TRAVELIFE
My Africa moment occurred while on a trip to Sri Lanka.
I was climbing Sigiriya, heading slowly up the mountain by myself in the late afternoon.
The others had gone ahead but I was walking up at leisure and enjoying the scenery on the way up without having to worry about keeping pace with anyone else.
TWO STAGES TO A CLIMB UP SIGIRIYA
The climb occurs in two stages: first you have to get to the Lion’s Paw section, which is already a climb in itself in the heat.
And then from there it’s the second leg, which is a steady and breathless climb up some pretty steep steps.
Just before the Lion’s Paw section, I’d paused at a landing that sort of jutted out into nowhere.
This was high enough to see everything on the horizon but at the same time it was still low enough to appreciate the beauty of the land so that it was not just a blur of watercolor shades but real clumps of greenery.
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What an amazing view this was.
There were almost no manmade structures visible anywhere, and there were no mountains either. Just forests and plains as far as the eye could see.
OUT OF AFRICA
I said to myself: “This must be what Africa is like. This feeling of being in the middle of as nowhere as I could possibly imagine.”
And, on that landing on a very hot Sri Lankan afternoon, with the sun setting on the horizon, was exactly when I decided that I would finally go to Africa.
THE FALL-BACK TO
A TRIP TO PERU
Although there’s another more pragmatic side to the story as well, of course.
The Travel Companion and I were thinking about where to go for a trip somewhere in the world, and we’d decided to pick a place neither of us had ever been.