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Sofa surfing: move, eat, learn*

Posted in Aging, and Style & Travel

maxresdefaultI’ve spent the past week feeling flat. Not sure whether it is a delayed reaction to the stress of January or whether my body is still recovering from a bout of stomach flu/food poisoning that saw me spending last Saturday night on my knees in front of the toilet bowl. Either way, I have barely had the energy to think. Let alone move.

During the week I also cancelled a trip I had planned for March – canoeing down the Orange River. Through gorges, rapids and two countries: my own and Namibia. Travel was always my thing – I loved new experiences and challenging myself. Sometimes I would spend hours planning and fine tuning and others – I’d just leave on a whim for wherever took my fancy. Not any more; lately there is an umbilical cord anchoring me to Cape Town. I just don’t want to go too far away.

That wasn’t the reason I cancelled: there is just so much going on and so much needing to be done. The thought of a week away made me anxious – and that has always been my cue to stay.

But the universe has its own rhythm and gives you what you need, or maybe you take it: and this piece of film popped up on facebook. The piece’s creator Rick Mereki bills the trip as: “3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films….. MOVE= a trip of a lifetime.” Enjoy the first part of their journey. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

(Movie found on Vimeo, images in the public domain. For updates and sneak peeks at upcoming projects follow Rick Mereki on or Music composed and performed by Kelsey James).

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  1. Shame – there is nothing worse than a gyppy tummy, it leaves you feeling like death warmed-up.
    I completely understand why you decided to cancel your trip, but I do hope you will do it one day. Some years ago I gave a similar trip to my husband and son as a gift. They spent three days canoeing down the Orange River (the trip I chose was organised by a company run by the younger brother of an old friend – Felix Unite). The whole experience was fantastic they said; hot by day, cold by night, sleeping under the African stars. Cooking in a potje, then throwing fluospar into the fire for an amazing light display; learning to enjoy the sound of silence, negotiating the rapids. It was a fantastic bonding experience for them both and they will never forget it.
    Whilst they were having the time of their lives I was having fun in CT with my chommies, shopping, drinking chilled white wine etc….happy days. Thanks for reminding me about that time.
    Get well soon!

    February 8, 2014
  2. Lovely post. It is so understandable ~ and wise ~ that you want to be near home at the moment. Hopefully your trip can be rearranged in the not too distant future. I used to love travel but rarely leave home now as I am carer for my husband. That is why I really enjoy the blogs I follow because they bring the world to me. Facebook is great too and You tube for world music.
    Hope February picks up for you x

    February 8, 2014
  3. Look forward to experiencing it and sorry you’ve been feeling so poo! Get back to fighting form soon!

    February 7, 2014

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