I am fortunate enough to have traveled to quite a number of places. I will do separate posts on some of these in the future, but here is a summarised version of my adventures:
The first country I ever visited was Australia. I was four at the time. I was lucky enough to visit Australia (without my parents) last year for almost a month in the December holidays. The people are super friendly and the surfing culture in Aussie is unreal. I got to see the Opera house from the inside and walked on the harbour bridge. I hugged a koala and fed and petted multiple kangaroos. Sydney has some lovely markets, both permanent and annual that I browsed through and the people there are very friendly. I also found that the sunrises there are beautiful orangey-red; although the first morning I thought the apocalypse had arrived! I also learnt that Australians love luxury scented candles in glass jars and they have many candle shops wherever you go... I love their accents and the beach culture there.
When I was 8 my dad received a prestigious business award and had to collect it in Orlando, USA. My family decided to make a holiday out of the occasion, so we flew so England, which usually would have only been a connecting flight, however we decided to stay there for a couple of days. We did all the typical tourist things, including a trip to the massive Hamley's toy store where my childhood dreams were realised, at least I though so until we arrived in Disney World Orlando. We also went to Miami, Florida. My parents booked a cruise around the Bahamas and straight through the Bermuda triangle, and I really enjoyed the whole trip, especially since I got to skip a week of school.
In the beginning of 2008, my parents decided to invest in a timeshare opportunity of a new developing complex. The catch? The complex was on an island. The Seychelles. Later that year we flew off to the Seychelles to live in our small beach house and experience the local culture. The first time we went there, there was truly nothing. We had to look so hard to find a place to buy food and even then it was pretty tasteless or expired. The buildings were undeveloped and everything was, frankly a bit behind. I have been to this amazing island four times, and each time I notice it matures and modernises immensely, while still keeping the rustic Creole charm. On the man-made island complex we have our house on, a gym and a mini-mall has been added and a major hospital was built on Mahe´, the main island. This is one of my favourite places in the world because it is here where I can simply disconnect. I have to walk about a kilometre to get internet; so being there is like a total physical and mental detox from the world around. I love the people there, they are always friendly and generous and the fresh food is amazing and abundant. From coconuts that you can crack open yourself on the beach rocks, to unusual, tasty fruits & veg; and even fresh fish markets daily. This island epitomises escapism for me. I went to the Seychelles in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014/15 and the last two trips I took with friends, which was great.
In 2009 my parents, grandparents and I went on a 4x4 safari adventure to Namibia and Botswana for 10 days, and it was amazing. We drove all the way from Cape Town, to Botswana; through the whole country, staying at campsites and doing animal spotting. We went all the way up to the Zambian border and then drove across the Namibian border. We stayed on the salt pans, took photos next to massive baobabs and had traditional African barbecues every night. We were charged by and elephant and had to constantly watch the road for stray goats, cows and other grazers as they stay roadside and aren't scared to wander. We also had to watch out for potholes, particularly in Namibia. I remember staying at a riverside campsite one evening and being warned not to get "too near" to the water as there were territorial crocodiles. We drove through the dessert and soaked up the sunshine. I loved the adventure and would love to do it again, as last time I didn't have a proper DSLR camera, so I think capturing the Namibian dessert sunsets and the salt pan bonfires would be an absolute privilege.
Hope you enjoyed the post today
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xx