I was in NYC for an engagement party two weeks ago. The friend I stayed with in Brooklyn had this kickass view from his rooftop, so I drafted Boyfriend Chris to take some photos (note: men LOVE this). It was so windy, this is the only pic where I didn’t look like Cousin It.
I loved living in NYC. It’s funny, though. In the nine years I lived there, people told me constantly, “New York is a great place to visit, but I COULD NEVER live here!”
To which I’d always think, um, first of all, nobody asked. Secondly, do they make these kinds of announcements everywhere they visit? “Sorry, Venice! Get some streets and I’ll think about it.”
But I understand where they’re coming from. “I could never” is something I used to say a lot. Then on my 29th birthday, I decided to try an experiment: I did one scary thing every day for one year.
While I was trying new things and traveling to unfamiliar places, I noticed the further outside my comfort zone I ventured, the more rewarding the experience. Hidden within the phrase “I could never…” were incredible adventures I could never have imagined.
Have you ever traveled or lived somewhere outside your comfort zone and been surprised how much you loved it? Let me know in the comments.
star gazing. I thought I was getting to enjoy an epic view but wasn’t expecting its next morning hangover of feeling so insignificant and questioning my purpose in this world. I honestly don’t have my shit figured out. I am not even sure where I will wake up tomorrow. but maybe I am exactly where I am suppose to be. #trusttheprocess#butIcouldusealittledirection#youarehere
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Kenyan traffic is crazy! The vehicles from the opposite side fly towards you in your lane like mad torpedoes, giving you no choice - get out of the way! We camped on Lake Victoria, where a local disco wouldn't let us sleep because they were playing loud music until the morning in order to gather enough money for a funeral (we kid you not!); then in the morning, a gorgeous rising star asked to use our bikes in her upcoming rap video which they were recording close to our tent...it's called Nusu Nusu, by Bochaberi (feat. Kigabendi) and it should be out in two weeks, making our bikes famous!
Uganda: we did laundry and changed the tires at Lake Bunyonyi, watched monkeys play at a little volcanic lake, rested in the capital of Kampala, and visited Jinja by Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile!
Tropical Mozambique is lovely, but has hardly any infrastructure and is exhausting to travel. We're happy we made it to our destination, the Unesco-listed Mozambique Island, but we're also happy to move on, to hopefully somewhere where running water is the norm!
Victoria Falls: shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia; 1million tons of water falls down 100m in one second, into the wide strip of the Zambezi gorge. We saw them from the Zimbabwean side and honestly, they're not AS mind-blowing as they say ("Seventh natural wonder of the world!" etc.), but still really great, and very photogenic!
We rode towards Chobe National Park, spotting many huge elephants and giraffes along the road. And just when it seemed that we were going to leave Chobe without any memorable experiences, we got to see, from up close, a lioness hunting for baboons, which was really intense! ...And tonight, we're celebrating out tenth wedding anniversary in Victoria Falls!
Left the amazing Namibia and entered what feels like true Africa -Botswana, the land of potholes and donkeys on the main road, people waving at us, tons of rain at this time of year, and the beautiful nature! We took a gorgeous and serene tour of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (local version of a canoe), and we even saw some hippos!
It was a rainy day (as is every day, because it's the rain season), so Kyle finally edited some videos; we don't know what your problems are, but we got lots of donkeys and rain! 🇧🇼😀🏍🏍
P.S. note the two ostrich (with babies) in the second scene!
After two days of riding on terrible gravel roads, and watching wild zebras drink at a water hole one night, we made it to the surprisingly cold Atlantic coast (where we found thousands of flamingos!) and then rested in the little German town of Swakopmund.
We headed inland, north-west, over the mountains and the fun Swartberg pass; next, we got on R62, the SA version of Route 66 (with a pit stop at "Ronnie's Sex Shop" pub), until we made it to the little town of Tulbach, where we were invited to stay and braai with a fellow rider and his lovely family. Saying goodbye to all this comfort now - Namibia is next!