In the year 2000 I was celebrating my third wedding anniversary in South Africa on this very day.
We had left Mpande on the Wild Coast a few days before and were in Umkomaas to go scuba diving on the Aliwal Shoal.
Our adventures in South Africa started in Capetown after an interesting overnight bus ride from Windhoek, Namibia.
We spent about a week exploring in and around Capetown.
After a week in Capetown, we jumped on the Baz Bus – a hop-on hop-off backpacker bus service – for a month of exploring our way up to Johannesburg.
South Africa was a wonderful country to explore – we had some amazing adventures that these photos offer but a hing of.
I absolutely treasure all the memories from this year of travel 13 years ago. And I must confess I feel like I’m having difficulty sharing my stories. As I pour through my journals and photos my brain is alive with stories, yet I wonder why I committed to sharing this journey here as I try to craft the stories to share.
My excuse (for my difficulty) comes from feeling like I don’t have the images to match the stories that are circling in my brain. I blame that on the technology in 2000: digital photos were still in relative infancy at that time. I traveled with a cool new digital camera that friends pooled to buy for us so we could share along the way. But I didn’t have much space and it was challenging to figure out how to archive the images.
My old camera is long gone, and my excuse looms large.
But whether I’m sharing well here, I am taking time to relive the year – I am reading my journals; I am looking at the pictures; Tim and I are talking about the people, the places, the stories; and I am looking up some of the places on the internet to see if they now have an online home (like me). Tim shot slides with a 35mm camera and he has just sent a batch of several hundred to get scanned!
I am a wanderlust at heart, and I think I need to relive this amazing journey because my wanderlust is calling. I appreciate the space to relive it in my mind, and I thank you for coming along as I share in the way I can figure out.
I’d love to hear about your wanderlust – I know you have it.
Lisa, the mountain mermaid