I feel like we say it every year, “this year just flew by”. But in all honesty, it really has. 2016 was one of the toughest years yet and although many things improved, others just went to total shit. I feel like this year more than any other everyone just understands this and feels the same.
First things first, I am not fit. Fit and I just don’t get along. I want to like fit but we have the fake smile and awkward small talk kind of relationship, you know? But when our friends suggested a hike I was all over it. Perhaps a little too enthusiastic as I insisted we do the longer 7km one, rather than the sort 1.5km one.
The two brothers are super fit as is their 68-year mum who joined us on the hike. I kid you not, if she didn’t stop to take photos of flowers along the way I would have died right there on the edge of that cliff.
It’s really easy (and tempting) to over pack when going camping. “But what if it’s cold?” “But what if it’s only a little cold but not cold enough for that hoodie” “What If I need to look good for a trip to town”
Let me drop a big fat truth bomb. You don’t need 90% of the kak you packed.
You know when you were in school and adults used to tell you they wished they were still in school and you thought they were out of their minds to want to be a kid again? The last few months I have become that bitter adult wishing I was back in school. Things got heavy and just like that spaghetti bridge you had to build in Grade 8, it only took one tiny bit of weight added for everything to snap and fall to the floor.
Everything came tumbling down on me last week and we got in the car and ended up meeting up with friends who went on a rowing trip on the Orange River. We met in Augrabies. The smallest little town that I had on my list of places I wanted to visit this year.
I knew I wanted to see it, but I didn’t think I would fall in love.
5 Places I need to see in South Africa this year and why.