South Africa

Roadtrippin’

My goal to do more adventuring came around sooner than expected. A spontaneous little roadtrip adventure yesterday to Nelspruit with the best friend-ship turned out to be my first adventure of 2016.

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Those who know me well enough, know that I will never, and I mean never pass up the opportunity to be driven around. Whether it be to the shop down the road or a random location which requires a highway drive, you will always have a co-pilot if I’m around. However, I don’t think you really realise how far a place is until you drive there and back within the same day. But our journey to Nelspruit was a little different as we were driving in the actual Flash mobile, coupled with the best company, all the laughs, gorgeous views and perfectly timed single stop, the adventure began as soon as we embarked.

Going on roadtrips is honestly one of my favourite things. I don’t know if its the sound of the of the car over the tar or the idea of going from one place to another, but it’s lovely. I tend to always look out the window and get little thrills every time I see the landscape change and somehow the random playlist of songs perfectly couples the journey like a soundtrack to a movie. As we pass by other cars, I like to sneak in a little peak at the passengers and wonder to where the road leads their destination. The movement of the clouds and the on and off of shady shadows as you drive between hills and trees makes you feel as though you’re drifting off to somewhere you’re meant to be. Peering out and down onto the dark tar and seeing the flashes of white lines as you accelerate between them.

Roadtripping, its all about the movement and constant moving of everything around you.

Knowing that you’re not stationary but rather in constant motion towards somewhere undiscovered, I think that there is where the thrill lies. Travelling simply for the sake of travelling. To arrive at your destination only to do something random like hug a tree or trek through the heat in search of some of South Africa’s beautiful flora.

That’s the beauty of roadtrips… it’s travelling for the eyes and the body soon follows.

Go find someone fun to roadtrip with and just go – your destination will find itself.

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Thank you to these beautiful people for a day to remember but for now that’s where my roadtripping ends, as my next adventure will be here sooner than time tells.

Nelspruit, South Africa || 2016

 

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a day in asia // hello china

Sometimes we all just need to escape the moment we’re in. . . sometimes you just need to experience something new, visit a different town and absolutely submerge yourself into their world. . . just to escape, even just for a day – the most perfect one, to place of tranquility, adventure and delicious cuisine.

and that’s just what we did. . .

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April ’14

What my weekend looked like

Spending three days out in the Mpumalanga Midlands on an ecology botany field trip. . . I couldn’t have asked for more zen in my life. I spent my days with the most beautiful people that kept my soul smiling  – we roadtripped, we trekked, we got lost, and along the way we had an adventure exploring nature.

#TeamAwesome.

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Mpumalanga || South Africa || March ’14

Elephant Safari

My number one favorite thing about living on this dark and mysterious continent named Africa, is that within 3 hours I am already whizzed off to some magical land filled with all things wild and beautiful with two of the most lovely ladies.

Elephants have by far been my source of animal love. These majestic giants tower over everything not just in shear size but in pure grace. Having been given the opportunity to not only touch, feed and ride these majestic creatures; I have been truly humbled by them – when you’re 3.4m above the ground on the back of the largest male named Michael. . . you get a new perspective on the little significant world below.

#1 most interesting fact: elephants lie down when they sleep. (literally lie on their side)

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A biiiiiig thank you to Aunty Michelle and Stormie for an adventure that surpassed my wildest dreams.

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Nature Reserve || North-West, South Africa|| July ’13

Lion Around

being back at uni has definitely been an adventure, more gallivanting and chilling than actual studying.

and loving it while it lasts. . . feeling like these beautiful African wonders these days.

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Lion Park || South Africa, July ’13 || Karina Szuman

end of one – beginning of another

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So the winter break has ended, and other than a new fear for cats; the days were nothing but a magical African//Geeky//Family filled adventure.

First day back in class, back at university and all I have is a new found peace within myself – each day I realise the importance of doing what you love. I read a quote once we all want to know, where we were meant to go and while people may spend their days searching for that specific place where they think they may find all that they thought they ever needed, they never really realise that at this present moment is the exact moment where you were always meant to be.

I’ve discovered the impact people have on my life, the ones that are  there for me bringing a smile, an idea, an adventure. . . they are the reason I am the person I am today. Thank you for just letting me be, for the understanding, for the guidance, for showing me that a singular life is meaningless because there is no point in developing a soul that is caged.

Here’s to another semester, a new adventure – my only advice:

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may curiosity fill you

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 Pilanesberg National Park || July ’13 || Karina Szuman