Welcome to our Africa blog

We hope all our families and friends will log in from time to time to see how we're getting on - and just to touch base. We all know we shall miss everyone and this is one of the ways we hope to keep in touch. And, of course, we shall be logging on to Skype and emailing whenever we get the chance. This is a massive adventure for us all with a shed load of planning , but once you've fallen for Africa you just have to see more. So here we go!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Travel quotes to guide us

Just for inspiration as we go:

I have found that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.   Mark Twain
Mark Twain -Thanks for the pearl of wisdom, we'll let you know 

Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self determined, self-motivated, often risky - forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realise that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever be black-and-white again.   Mark Jenkins
(Thanks for the cheery thought, Mark)

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation."  
       Elizabeth Drew

(And don't we know it - I promise (to try) not to be a bore :))

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.   Mark Twain
(to paraphrase, pack up the tent and hope for the best. Cheers again, Mark)

Three things from a young entrepreneur in Cornwall
Agree or not?

It is better to travel well than to arrive.  Buddha
(Just let's hope we are - well, I mean) 

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.  Dave Barry

(What a doom merchant. They don't have rain in Africa - do they? Rainy season? Oh yes .. wahhh!)

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.   
Edith Wharton

(Now that's more like it)

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.  Fitzhugh Mullan

(We're going to AFRICA - Potholes ARE the journey!)

Travel is like love, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.   Pico Iyer

(Awww :) But we really fancy ending up in Cape Town)

Travel makes you modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.  Gustave Flaubert

(Some more tiny than others)

Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.   Steve Jobs

(together with a map, a GPS and an iPad)

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