Kilimanjaro, you beautiful beast of a mountain. Thank you for all you have taught me on this journey. You were anything but easy, i cried, i laughed, i puked (ALOT)and i pushed the bounderies of what i thought i was capable of. Not a day went by that i didn't think of my sister and pain she endured on a daily basis, suffering in silence while always maintaining a smile. She was my inspiration on this adventure and the reason i was able to push myself each and everyday. We as humans are capable of so much more than we think are. #kilimanjaro#Tanzania#canadianinafrica#keepexploring#alwaysanadventure
Our third reader is Patrick Woodcock!
A member of PEN Canada, he's the author of 9 books of poetry and his work has been translated and published in 14 languages. His 7th book "Always Die Before Your Mother" was shortlisted for Canada's ReLit award in 2010 and reached the number one spot on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list. He has read at International poetry festivals in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, the Kurdish North of Iraq, Azerbaijan, England, The Republic of Georgia, Colombia and Canada's Winnipeg International Writers Festival. -------------------------------------------------
Well, he is now going to add The Annoyin'Artist Creative Writers Fest (ARUSHA, TZ) to that list!! He's WAY WARMER than he looks here :) and I'm absolutely thrilled to have him share pieces from his latest book "Farhang". ------------------------------------------------
HE WILL SEE YOU ON JUNE 30TH!
Kristen. Canadian bringing public health dentistry to Tanzania, friendliest person in all of Africa, world traveller, yes-woman, all-round beaut! Met Helen while on a visa run to Malawi and shared a night dive and horse ride.
I would rather live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a sheep. Lions within a pride, 15 or less, are often affectionate and, when resting, seem to enjoy good fellowship with lots of affections. Lions are brave and courageous. Naturally, you choose when and where to be brave vs. timid, courageous vs. cowardly and humble vs. ignorant. They don't pick fights but because they are willing to protect their food, their mates, their territory and so forth, they will fight if necessary. The question is what do we want to fight for? Bravery to find what really makes you happy. Bravery to ignore what others feel is successful and find our own success. Bravery to daring to make dramatic changes in the path of our lives that will also change our direction and growth. The lion is the king for a reason, majesty, compassionate, patient, hunters and carry themselves with "pride" (yes pun intended). Can not wait to get this guy framed up. #itgetsdeeper#imready#lifedoesntwaitforyou#lifeintanzania#learningisasolidthingtodo#canadianinafrica#tanzania#tellyourstory#enjoylife#emotionalintelligence#iliketowrite#pennyforyourthoughts#begenuine#bekind#beasyouare
As I sat yesterday to watch my beautiful cousin Amber get married, I m filled with thoughts of life in general. I had said to Drew the first night that I needed to thank him for truly changing my life.I don't know if I would have ever pushed myself enough for such a life changing experience with out him and Amber having their wedding in Africa.This trip has had so many different aspects to it as I continue to grow daily. But yesterday was everything about Andrew and Amber, two of the best people you will ever meet. They truly deserve to be happy on their adventure together. I even had some time to get words on some paper about it all. Truly blessed for the life we all have and it means the world to be a part of their day. Thank you for everything @ambmh and @drewnkini, enjoy and embrace everyday you have together. With love ❤️ #amberanddrew#nkiniwedding#tanzania#liveandlove#loveyourlife#bethechangeyouwanttoseeintheworld#myfamily#canadianinafrica#thankyou
0 4723 July, 2017
Back flipping right into Tanzania 🇹🇿 yesterday. It was amazing to see some of my family yesterday after being solo for the start of my trip. Everything I did solo was amazing and gave me experiences of a life time. As I went to get on the plane yesterday, I ran into a girl named Phim that I had met her and her friend Susu at the airport in Victoria Falls three days prior. We were on the same flight to Tanzania and got to have a exceptional conversation on the way. 3.5 hour flight and we didn't even realize how fast it went. I was blown away by the stories, couple humble/ soft moments and a lot of laughs. It was an amazing way to spend a flight headed to see my family, reminded me to be grateful for every moment we are here to tell a story. Upon getting to the desk for my visa to enter Tanzania, it was a frustrating exchange that took 45 minutes to finally sort out, but alas clam head prevailed and through I went. I walked out to find my ride, no name for me and Phim was still there, nervous that her ride was not there. After my ride got there and a heated exchange with some taxi drivers, as I wasn't living her till I knew she was in safe hands, she got sorted and off I went. That drive was something I could not explain in words to you haha with even a cop involved. 3 hours in a vehicle to go ... 50km roughly.. it was something else. I made it after 3 beers, a full bladder and ready to eat a horse I was there. Ray greeted me got me sorted, and some food and before I knew it my cousins, and my aunt and uncle showed up. With a full heart I gave some of the biggest hugs I could, and like always started the party. First one in the pool to start things off right. Its safe to say we have arrived in Tanzania 🇹🇿 ❤️ the African adventure continues. #canadianinafrica#humble#tanzania#lifedoesntwaitforyou#family#cousins#amberanddrew#myfamily#liveandlove#loveyourlife#bethechangeyouwanttoseeintheworld#copslikeme
7 5021 July, 2017
Well today was the last day in Victoria Falls as I took off this morning from the backpackers. Said bye to some of the new friends I had made and had a good breakfast one last day. I noticed the sign #bethechangeyouwanttoseeintheworld as I had been here for three days and never noticed it, and its one of the hashtags I use a little bit, made me smile. As I walked around took a few photos from around the place and noticed I am 2696kms away from where my journey in Africa began. The countless stories, people and friends I have made along the way make me feel pretty good. Off to Tanzania 🇹🇿 tomorrow makes me realize first I get to see some of my awesome family tomorrow 😊 which is pretty damn exciting and two that my trip is at the half way point roughly. I have a few things that really make me want to go back to South Africa... very soon. Also it makes me start thinking very hard about what is next for me when I get home... I m not going to fully go into those deep thoughts while still here but those who know me, know that the wheels are in process. I have spoke a lot on a very hard question that most cannot answer with a straight answer, "what do you want out of life? And what suffering are you willing to go through to get it?" These are the wheels that roll. I will clear up those answers as I have a pretty damn good idea, but just need to make my own blueprint. Excited to see my #family and see two amazing people get married. #beyourselfeveryoneelseistaken#tellyourstory#goodvibes#loveyourlife#newfriends#lifedoesntwaitforyou#humble#victoriafalls#canadianinafrica#offtotanzania
0 3819 July, 2017
We are the characters we choose to be. As we wake it is our thoughts and actions in which make us. We can all change our outlook on life at any moment which is beyond inspiring. The more we wait for life to change for us, we become stagnant, the danger of that is we do not grow. Never forget that mistakes and failures are us growing, it is only our reactions to those mistakes which will slow down our growth. The last few days have been pretty amazing. In Vic Falls at a nice backpackers and have meet some pretty awesome people. Chris and Leo were from England starting there travels and it was a pleasure to meet them. I went and bungeed at Victoria Falls and fill a day there. Brett, Sam, Tamson, Lia and Jessica were a group on a voluntary program, we did a boat tour with a few drinks a few from the river that feeds the falls. With crocs and things to see on the way it was definitely worth the time and company. With some stories that don't get shared it was a fully entertaining evening. The night before there was a braai at the backpackers and a group of traditional dancers came, it was a pretty cool experience and yet for some reason they pulled me up to dance with them... I was not as elegant and talented haha. There was another volunteer group of Patrick, Zamoana (wrong probably ha), Trevor and I can't remember the last girls name 😫. Two were from Canada ! First so far on the trip. They were a great group of conversationalist, and a great pleasure to meet. I met two nice girls today, one from Denmark and one from Georgia and spent the day with them as my foot bugging me had made me miss my white water rafting... I may need to get it looked at when I get home. It is funny how this life works as I meet more great people. Its amazing the ones you think of and how some are harder to say bye to when you meet them in a short time... Thinking of someone today :) #canadianinafrica#zimbabwe#lifedoesntwaitforyou#tellyourstory#imapeacockyougottaletmefly#newfriends#goodvibes#enjoylife#loveyourlife#humble
4 5622 hours ago
Well my last night was in Jefferys Baai before travel to Joburg today and Victoria Falls in the morning. Last night was a excellent send off night at island vibe backpackers. It was kinda like the "Paris agreement" seemed liked someone from every country was there except USA haha. No Americans I was shocked ha. There is no way I can remember all the names last night but I know there was some great damn peps. Bittersweet as I said yesterday to be leaving as I think I have fell in love with South Africa and will be coming back that is for sure. I can say in my 3 weeks I have yet to find a South African that doesn't look happy, there is the great chance that I am receiving the happy that I am carrying as well, but what a place to be. I came with not a real grasp of what was here and no expectations, and this places will always have a place for my heart. I was up early despite being up in to the late hours of the morning enjoying all the positive last night. Headed to Port Elizabeth and flew into Joburg. I spoiled myself today and got a hotel, one because it is easier for the flight to Vic Falls tomorrow and two because I can ha. So tonight is a writing night with some music and maybe a movie. Cheers all thanks for listening. #tellyourstory#lifedoesntwaitforyou#canadianinafrica#canadianinsouthafrica#goodvibes#dowhatyouwant#blessed
3 2515 July, 2017
Is was a gloomy morning so no sunrise pictures, but this beauty is from last night. I had got back to the airbnb tired from the devils peak hike. But had enough to rush down to catch the sunset. I found a gentleman coming out of the water in only a bathing suit. I proceeded to converse with him in regards to the look I got when I was swimming in there and I was happy to see I wasn't the only crazy one ha. He was from Zambia and was only visiting. He was an interesting fella we exchanged a few pleasantries with laughs then off to a Thai place down the road for dinner it was for me. The hostess went to place me at a table I asked for the bar as conversations with the salt and pepper didn't seem to entice me. I sat the bar where I was approached about my tattoos and where I was from. A lovely lady, where the waiters then joined in on conversations. One from Nambia and a few locals of Cape. We shared stories of Canada/ South Africa, travel, family, life and all In between as I waited for my sushi. After my third 16 ZAR (1.60$) Spiced rums, the gentleman from Nambia, turned and thanked me. I proceeded to ask why... He thanked me for reminding him of the beautiful placed he lived in and wanted to be more appreciative of living here. It was a cool moment as I was thankful for the conversation. #nofilterrequired#capetown#soloinafrica#beardedandtravelling#lovewhereyoulive#skyporn#bcincapetown#canadianinafrica