101 things about me

Sunday, 8 June 2008

This is my favourite travel memory...

I love to travel and whilst it has been a few years since I travelled overseas I have some wonderful memories. I saw some incredible places and met some wonderful people. It was an amazing time for me.
In 1989 I spent 4 months doing an overland trip from Kenya to Morocco which finished in London. It was a journey that included Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, African Central Republic, Zaire, Nigeria and Algeria and more. It allowed me the opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in Zaire and travel across the Sahara desert. I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and saw wild animals in their natural habitat including elephant, cheetah and lions.

At 21, it was quite a trip. I look back now and am amazed at how lucky I was... I think it was a combination of good fortune and naivety that saw me go to all these exciting places and travel so safely!

This photo was taken in Zaire when we stopped in a town for supplies. The kids were always so excited to see us. I love their smiles. It was a picture that captured their delight and excitement. And if you had turned the cameras on us, we would have been smiling just the same. It was pretty contagious!

The subject for this weeks "This is..." was bought to you by Hila from Your Cover's Blown.
The "This is..." meme was created by the magical Angela of Three Buttons fame.

25 comments:

Lilli boo said...

Absolutely gorgeous photo and travel experience. Thank you for sharing, I just love hearing about others travel experiences.

Sherrin said...

what an amazing sounding experience! You were so lucky to do all that, and so young. That is a magical photo, too.

Leni & Rose said...

Wow, that is the best photo! What an amazing experience to have had.

Bird Bath said...

Sounds absolutley amazing...An experience to treasure forever!

Dragonfly said...

I went to Kenya in about 1992, Africa stays in your blood, doesn't it? I can't wait to go back some day...
The photo is wonderful

Kirsty said...

What an amazing experience. The image is really beautiful.

Serena said...

That's a great photo.. look at those smiles !!

Sparky said...

What beautiful smiles on those children!! I envy that kind of trip would love to take one like that.

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Sasparilla Sue said...

That trip sounds so awesome!

mill said...

I love that photo! It is amazing!

Hila said...

This is simply gorgeous! It sounds like this was an experience of a lifetime. It's funny how travel can change your sense of self. Thanks for sharing :)

Bob-kat said...

That is a wonderful photo and it sounds like you had an amazing experience. I love travelling too and am currently planning my next trip abroad. It is truly exciting to see new places and meet new people.

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Fibo said...

wow what an amazing memory! puts my Colosseum to shame ;)

AnastasiaC said...

what a gorgeous photo...mustve been a fantastic experience!!
i too started travelling at 21...once you get that wanderlust bug you just want to set off again & again!

Nikki said...

What a brave and intrepid 21 year old you were!!! And that photo should be blown up LARGE to spread all that happiness around.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous photo.

What a brilliant trip and good on you at age 21 to be taking it.

flossy-p said...
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flossy-p said...

HA! That photo is brilliant, says it all! I love that their smiles were contagious!!!! They certainly look it, actually I caught the 'smiling' via a photo on a screen, so it must have been fantastic in real life!

What a trip!! I agree, youth and naivety can somehow sail you through otherwise dodgy areas. :)

(p.s. sorry I deleted my first comment because I left out a tiny word and it made No sense at all)

Ames said...

I love this photo, did Lonely Planet call you for it? It seems to some up that wilkd enthusiasm and random happy times that come with travelling, love it!

Juddie said...

Oh! This photo says so much!


You must have many treasured memories ....

JustRun said...

Great post! What a memory that must be.

daydream lily said...

that photo is gorgeous, it reminds me of what the kids in Vanuatu are like...such big smiles.
You have seen some amazing places, its very inspiring, I can't wait to do some more travel.
Liss

BigCat said...

That's a fantastic photo and what an incredible adventure that trip must have been. Morocco is next on my list of places I really want to get to.

alyndabear said...

That would be one heck of a trip, I would ADORE to climb Mt Kilimajaro, I've heard some amazing things about it.

Incredible!!!!!

Ruth said...

Wow... that sounds amazing, and such a great photo!