Whales vs. Mermaids

My friend just posted this on Facebook and I think it is absolutely beautiful!!

Women are gorgeous creatures – of all shapes and sizes, and the likeness to the Whale, more so than to the Mermaid, is such a wonderful metaphor.

Please share this with your gorgeous girlfriends.

 


A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “

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Nudie Run around the WORLD

I am not going to be naked!!!

But I will be travelling with my new pal, Nudie Plushie.

We will be travellign around the world together. India, UK, USA!!!

Nudie and I will be getting up to some crazy adventures and I am super excited to finally have a travel buddy!!

 

We’ve left our message with Santa and now we’re ready to get on the road!!!

 

 

 

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Adventurous Rotorua New Zealand

Adventure, outdoors, stunning scenery and thrills of a lifetime. Does this sound liek the ebst holiday ever?

Well, for my mate Tak, this is LIFE. Tak lives in Rotarua New Zealand and started an adventure activity business offering white water rafting, biking, climbing and basically anything else which gets the heart rate going and the endorphins surging. The website for the action is www.multidayadventures.co.nz and Tak is happy to talk through your activty needs with you at any time.

I visited New Zealand in 2003 and was surprised how different it is to Australia, as I always expected it to be similar. The people are just as friendly and lovely though and they will definitely have some fun joking around with you. New Zealand is diverse and exciting and it’s a must on any explorers destination map!

Read why Tak is urging you to visit him in Rotorua, NZ!

1. Name Takurua Mutu

2. Occupation Company Owner/Operator

3. Country of Residence New Zealand

4. Country of Origin New Zealand

5. email/contact/ website www.multidayadventures.co.nz

 tak@multidayadventures.co.nz

6. Why do you love Travel?

The world has a lot to offer, it’s up to me to find it.

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?

-My home town Rotorua. With 30 lakes in the region, 120km of purpose built mt bike trails, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall as well as 3 other grade 5 rivers nearby, surf 25mins away, snow 2 hours the other way, natural hot pools everywhere and of course the most important thing, my whanau. That for sure is the most important and wonderful thing about Rotorua. My tribe, Te Arawa, have always been very excepting and friendly as well as curious with foreigners and that’s what sets Rotorua apart from much of the rest of the country, our culture.

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Do you have to ask?!? Queenstown is great, but Rotorua has that extra something special about it. It’s real, we have culture.

9. What other country would you life in if you had to leave your country? Perish the thought, I couldn’t imagine not having this beautiful home of the Long White Cloud to come home to.

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country? They say there’s a problem binge drinking culture in New Zealand, well lets face it, after travelling around many a pub and clubs around the place you really do have to get as much drink in ya as you can when clubs only really get going for 2 hours a night.!!!!

11. Favourite activity when around your city? The white water kayaking/sledging is pretty awesome but with our forest and trail networks set up as they are it’s pretty hard to go passed the mountain biking here.

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed? I know New Zealand from top to bottom so well, but there are still so many rivers, mountains and forests I would love to explore.

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country? Watch out when visiting New Zealand, you may become hooked!!! Seriously, it’s a great place to visit and its safe. Like any country in the world we have the occasional crazy dude.

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why? Hard to say without getting clichéd. Lord of the Rings etc. were great, Whale Rider is a great little insight into Maori culture. But I suppose if you want an insight in to “good ol’ kiwi” sense of humour then you better watch Flight of the Concords (I realise this isn’t a movie but still….)

15. The best book to read before visiting your country? 28th Battalion – It’s a non-fictional war book on our people in WW1 and 2. It’s a great book to see where the idea of kiwi ingenuity comes from and the background on the Maori people and we are called the Warrior race.

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country? Have to try a proper Hangi or earth oven meal. Not many places do it well but if you ask the right person they may just put one down for ya. Otherwise try “Mitai” 

17. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

1) “Chur” – often followed by bro is a local greeting. But it is more than that, it can be used as an alternative to the following; – Hello – Good bye – Thank you – How are you? – I’m ok – That was cool/neat – Can I have that please? – Would you like one? (often refers to a beer or wine) – Are you alright? – Yes – No

2) “Sweet as” – Everything’s great

3) “Kia ora” – The bastardised way of saying hello in the Maori language. Really mean to live well and only said to someone you know or actually want to live well. Not really said to complete strangers until recently.

18. Best time of year to visit? Depends on what you want to do. Surfing, some summer. Ski/Board, come winter. This place is great all year around.

19. The 4 words that best describe your country:

 Time of your life!

Check out New Zealand with Tak – Visit http://www.multidayadventures.co.nz

Sponsor a Child- Change lives

 

Thank you www.worldvision.com.au and The Tanzania office. Amazing!

Thank you http://www.worldvision.com.au and The Tanzania office. Amazing!

Going to Tanzania to visit my sponsor child was my primary reason for going to East Africa. Who knew that I would be so mesmerised and completely changed after the visit. Nairobi and Northern Tanzania, Arusha, were like no-where I had ever been before. There is so much room for growth and development- but the people also seem happy and thankful for what they have.

 

 

 

The people I met, the experiences I had, and the encounters with animals have left me yearning for more! I will visit Africa again in 2010 and seek interested people who want to carry a message and a mission!

 

Let yourself experience something completely new and open your eyes to the world of possibilities- and share those possibilities with people of the world.

 

Kenya, Tanzania – 10th – 14th December
 
Well, lets just say this was THE MOST interesting experience of my life. Going to Africa  COMPLETELY alone, with no contacts apart from the tour group I booked it with. I experienced extreme culture shock after my HORRIBLE 5 hour flight on Kenya Airways, and after spending 2 hours or more on the Tarmac, arriving at my hotel to find literally a 2x3m  room, I was not impressed.

 

After the initial panic attack and multiple attempts to contact any damily member I could, I grabbed some dinner. My lovely tour arranger Chris (www.eastafricashuttles.com), who was so welcoming, helped me to get in contact with mum. I was nervous at first but he really made me feel comfortable and assured me that no matter where I was in Africa, they would take care of me. For this reason, I think sometimes it is better to travel alone. Scary at first, but then you get more interaction with locals and you are often able to receive more help.

 

 The next day I caught a very interesting 6 hour bus ride to Arusha Tanzania – It was interesting to say the least, the roads aren’t exactly the best and I wouldn’t call the bus ‘spacious’. But I got to see a lot more of the land this way and many small communities. Look, if anything, it’s an experience!! That’s what I will keep telling myself in any case…

 

 The hotel in Arusha was much better and my lovely new friend Hakim helped me settle in, another great staff member of east Africa shuttles. But I had major panic attacks that night because I couldn’t contact World Vision and I was meant to be seeing my Sponsor child Lazaro the next day – I was devastated and I collapsed into bed that night over it, exhausted and desperately sad.

 

Turns out my panic was FOR NO REASON- All was fantastic!!!! Isack came to get me from my hotel, I got driven to the site in the Shambaraii district, I cried when I met the people in the office, it was the most emotional experience of my life.  (im actually crying now as I write)

 

When I met Lazaro we  both fell to the ground in a bundle of emotion, he was so overwhelmed,. For him, this was a completely one off and first time experience, he had no idea how to act. The whole village came out to meet me and I got to hold this sweet, kind, innocent little boy that I had been sponsoring for 4 years. We were in the middle of the desert and I was in a real MASAI TRIBE.

 

 I cannot express how it feels to have a parent look you in the eye, like Lazaros parents did, and say thank you and know that you have done so much for this persons quality of life.

 

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We played soccer with the new ball I gifted to him and the family then cooked me a very special traditional meal. I gave him more gifts and we cried again, and then he gave me gifts for my family. A bracelet and a necklace. We took a tour of the village and I played with the other children. 2 children walked with me at all times on either side holding my hand. The translators and office workers walked with us and explained the community. INCREDIBLE. How many people get to experience this type of culture first hand. It is truly moving.

 

It was so hard to leave him but I know I will be back to see him. HONESTLY THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE and I want to do everything in my power to help. I sat in the car on the way back completely numb- shocked to the core and extremely contemplative. an experience like this makes one feel so small. So helpless. It really puts you in your place and makes you see that there is so much out there that is just so much bigger than us. Bigger than we can ever fathom.
 
Another day in Arusha, just looking at Markets and a night out with Hakim. Then the 6 hour bus again and the fun with visas and immigration to get back into Kenya.

Next I would have  a night and day in Nairobi. I went to Carnivore Restaurant . The most meat you will ever see in your life and the tastiest- including ostrich, turkey, beef and then some weird stuff like crocodile and giblets…. hmmmm.
 
My last day in Africa was so busy!!! I went to the David Sheldrick Elephant orhpanage (where I adopted an elephant), A giraffe sanctuary (where I kissed a giraffe) a crocodile farm ( where I held crocs, watched them feed, patted an angry camel, ran away from ostriches) and then back to the Elephant orphanage to play with my little Kimána and then off to my drivers house.

 

My drivers house was in a little village outside of Nairobi, where I was most definitely the only white person. I got to hold his new born baby and he said this was very special for his lovely wife Ann. I also met his nieces and nephews who liked playing with my hair and looking at my photos. A very unique experience to go to a real African home and simply through chatting with my driver and asking if he would take me there before he had to drive me to the airport. He was so happy and proud to take me there. He was worried that he would not be able to see his relatives and I had ended up having him out longer then it was meant to be. But being so obliging and giving me 110% service he stayed with me, so I said that I would go to his house with him so that he could see his relatives, If he didn’t mind. To see someone smile the way he did was such a great gift! The only sad part… my camera died.

 
Then another 14 hour flight…………………… to LONDON!
 
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=48882&id=511114236&l=7b55c05ed8– Visiting my sponsor child
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1076375&l=a5ea52173f&id=511114236– Kenya

Please Sponsor an Elephant. You then have the opportunity to go visit them in Africa and hold one as I did:

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