Tag: wanderlust

A trip to Namibia…

This post is dedicated to my most recent escape to the Namibian desert.:) I decided to take a quick break from my stressful fieldwork and travel to Namibia for a week. I am grateful for the chance to go where I want to go when the mood strikes. I will be the first to say my life hasn’t always been this flexible and I do not take it for granted.

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At the airport

My plan was to go camel-riding and quad-biking in Swakopmund, and I got to do just that. The experience was surreal. I still haven’t found the right words to describe how I felt riding atop the majestic animal known as the camel. I was scared at times, thinking at any moment, the animal could just take off running with me. Thank God, they are well-trained and did not take off running.

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The camel was posing better than me, they are wonderful beasts.

The quad-biking was just pure adrenaline. As we went up and down the sand dunes, it felt like I was flying. Nothing I have experienced so far can compare to that (trust me, I have been bungy-jumping and it still doesn’t compare).

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I also got to spend some priceless moments with old friends and some new friends I met in Namibia during my trip.

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You can see from my smile that it was happy days…

 

I went there drained, close to research burn-out, and I came back rejuvenated.  The most important moments for me were the moments of quiet, where I was alone with my thoughts and facing the beauty of God’s work. The sea and the expanse of the desert, stretching to God-knows-where, did wonders for my soul. You just need to experience it for yourself, because words will not suffice.

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Smiling from the inside…

My life has been amazing so far. I have experienced exhilarating pleasure in different places and I know there will be more after this. I am the kind of person that lives for moments like these. My life is far from perfect, but give me a new destination and some free time, and I am ALIVE.  What traveling to a new destination does for me can only be compared to the feeling of a child opening a new toy.  I don’t even need people to validate my experience or be with me in that moment. Leave me on an island, or desert (after this experience) and I am all good.

Do travel when you get the chance. It’s amazing.

I am back to reality now, in Zimbabwe continuing work on my project. But, I came back with a new energy and it is because I dared to take a few days off.  And trust me when I say everything else can wait. Your mental and spiritual health is important.

If you want to know more about the places I visited in Namibia (restaurants and the like), drop me a message. It is a lovely place to visit and the people are so friendly. Transport is easily available and the locals try to converse in English with visitors. You will not feel lost in Namibia.

Till next time,

GG

Remembering Ireland…in pictures

I have always wanted to do a pictorial of the time I spent in Ireland…that was a beautiful place which I will always remember. In the true sense of the word “pictorial”…I will let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Weekends at Woolshade supporting Manchester United…
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That one time it snowed..
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Canty’s Bar
 

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Bar hopping in Cork City

 

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Youth Christian Group
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Christmas 2014 with friends
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Christmas 2014 with Magatte Faye
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Castlewhite Apartments…

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Castlewhite Apartments

 

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The Lough…
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Halloween 2014
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Apartment 51 Housemates

Whew…I just realized there are just too many memories to pack up in one post. In a nutshell, my life in Ireland was fun, I had friends who brought sunshine and laughter into my life and the best housemates anyone could have asked for. I also had new experiences and met new people. There was a time I thought I would go back to Ireland in a heartbeat just to relive these experiences again. The ultimate product of my time there is below and I am grateful to God for the opportunity.

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I always thought I would go back to Ireland one day…but I think this post is my final goodbye. My time there will always be on my mind but its time to make new memories in Hong Kong…

PS: if you have a pic of me when I was in Ireland that I didn’t add here, please inbox me.

 

Hong Kong Adventures: Part 1

It’s my second week in Hong Kong and I didn’t want to spend Saturday indoors watching the high rise buildings of Hong Kong from my window. I thought let me go out and see what’s out there. I also needed to go and meet someone so it sounded like the perfect opportunity. Problem is I still don’t know my away around Hong Kong but I had the confidence of a tourist with wanderlust…so I went out on my own. It didn’t matter that I still cannot pronounce the names of some of the stops on the MTR West Rail line but all I knew was I needed to get to Tin Shui Wai. So I walked to my nearest station; Siu Hong, at least I know how to get to that one and Tin Shui Wai is just one stop…even I can do that.

 

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MTR http://www.gohongkongabout.com

I got on the MTR just fine and got to Tin Shui Wai with no hassle. Because I didnt have credit on my phone I decided to load some for my China Mobile line. Problem :the Rekanan China Mobile line I bought comes in Indonesian language, only God knows why. So I bought HKD100 (about USD12,50) worth of credit but couldn’t load it. I could see the recharge pin and the code to enter but everytime I entered the number I got this message:

Voucher isi ulang yang Anda masukkan tidak valid. Harap menggunakan voucher isi ulang  lainnya.

Now you can only guess that all I got from there were the words “valid” and “voucher”. There was still no credit on my phone. This meant I could not get hold of the person I was supposed to meet and all the wifi spots around me were secured.  Wondering what to do, I remembered my friend had said I need to take Exit B at Tin Shui Wai then take the K65 bus and get off at the last stop. I didn’t want to give up before getting to my destination so I continued even though I knew I would not be able to call her when I arrived. I just told myself “this is how you get to know the place”.

This is where the lesson began: I got to the last stop and still could not find free wifi. I still could not load the credit I had bought and most importantly EVERYONE I TRIED TO SPEAK TO COULD NOT SPEAK A WORD OF ENGLISH!!! So I learnt today that when Hong Kong Chinese people cannot speak English they wont even speak to you or attempt to hear what you have to say. I laughed out loud when a young man just screamed NO, NO, NO when I was approaching him to ask if he could help me. Before I even said a word!! Now I don’t know if that was racist or not, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

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The bus stop…

So there I was at a deserted bus stop wondering what to do now.Lucky for me, I saw a young girl who was on her phone and she could speak English. She gave me her phone to call my friend to come meet me. Thank God she even trusted me to hold her phone. I probably would have ended up going back without seeing my friend if this girl hadn’t come along.  I learnt later that my friend was so worried because I had texted her to say I am on my way and it took me longer than normal to get to her. It should take about twenty minutes to get from Siu Hong to the last bus stop but I took about an hour because of my little incident.

Now I don’t know if it’s worth exploring alone or not, but I am still glad I went out. I was going to be fine if I had a phone that could actually make calls. Nonetheless it is far much better to get lost in a place where you can ask for directions and today I could not even get a word in; let alone ask where I was. Guess it will take some getting used to.

The locals are not very friendly in these parts, but I am new so I will see how it goes.

*for my recent pics in Hong Kong head on over to my instagram page My IG

GG