Appreciation for Travel

I love travel and have made a dedication to including it in my work and life. I travel regularly and to many places and I feel that this could lead me to complacency. I’m very aware of the pitfalls regular travelers can fall into with tiring of new sights and experiences and I never want to lose my bright eye bushy tailed approach to the world.

wedding india

Recently I travelled with a group of people who left me reeling in their lack of appreciation and sense of right, as opposed to privilege, for the beauty that was before us. We were In the mountains of Peru, the famous Andes, the sacred valley and taking in some of the most breathtaking sights one could ever hope to behold. But at times you would think we were dragging 5 year olds around a shopping centre on a Saturday morning as they folded their arms, looked with disdain at the valleys before us and asked “When are we having lunch?”

 

Sacred Valley, Peru

Sacred Valley, Peru

I was appalled by the behaviour I witnessed and the things I heard, and even brought to tears by the sadness I felt for their un-worldliness. One day I turned to my Peruvian guide in tears and said (in Spanish) “Everyone is so angry. Why are they so sad. How can they be this way when we are in such a beautiful place. I’m sorry to you and your other guides. You are sharing with us such beauty of nature and your country and they can’t see it. They just don’t see it.”

 

The trend of  lack of appreciation and an attitude of righteousness continues throughout this leg of the trip and it broke my heart. Though I loved all that I saw and treasured the beautiful sights around me, my experience was tainted by the disdain and disregard the others showed for the incredible journey we were on.

 

machu picchu

machu picchu

Please dear travelers, don’t be as these people were. Travel is a privilege, not a right. We are lucky to have the means to stretch so far and to see these foreign lands. Don’t take for granted the beautiful world that God has made for us. The land that Mother Nature ( Madre Tierra, Pachamama) cares for and loves and nurtures for us to experience. Treasure the people you meet and thank them for sharing their story and their life with you.

 

Uyuni, Salt Flats, Bolivia

Uyuni, Salt Flats, Bolivia

I’m truly blessed to have visited so many places, seen so many wonderful things and have met such incredible people. This Earth is a wonderful place and we must love it and care for it and appreciate it for the wonder that it is.

 

Thank you to all of you for reading this and I wish you every happiness in your future travels.

Mt Kilimanjaro with Team Tembo

Mt Kilimanjaro with Team Tembo

 

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

Journey through anothers’ eyes

It’s funny how different the same experience can look through another’s eyes. A journey that was shared so closely between a group of people can look so different from their view – and from their camera.

 

It was lovely recently to catch up with my friends who I did Mt Kilimanjaro Climb for Alzheimer;’s Australia NSW with in September 2011. We met and shared stories and photos and how our lives have changed since and it was so wonderful to reconnect.

 

These are photos from the lovely Anne and Andrew that really stood out to me and reminded me of some wonderful moments – moments of me enjoying and experiencing without even realising someone was looking on and capturing those special times.

 

Starting out the trip

The Tembo Girls are getting read to go before the climb

Staking my claim on our vehicle - though apparently this wasn't our van

Arriving at Camp Day 1! Woo well done team

 

gorgeous Anne and I, ready for Day 2

 

Misty misty on Day 2

 

Looking towards Kikelelwa Camp on Day 2 after 7 hours of walking, that's Mawenzi in the distance.

 

An incredible night view from Kikelelwa of the amazing Kibo that we will later climb

Amazing night view from Kikelelwa of Kibo which we willl climb in 3.5 days time.

 

Camp on Day 3 or 4, Mawenzi Camp where we stayed 2 nights, great view

 

Walking across the saddle towards Kibo

 

Hiking up and over the rocks towards the saddle - it's great to have some natural shots of hiking

 

We finished! At the Marengu Gate!! Enjoying a well deserved Kilimanjaro Beer

 

My certificate! Proof! Thank you Mufasa, King of Team Tembo

 

Team Tembo celebrate all together ( exlcuding our other 20 porters who were very much part of the crew)

 
Share with me your photos and memories of great times captured by another.

World Alzheimer’s Day

Every year on 21 September, World Alzheimer’s Day unites people living with dementia around the world. There are more than 36 million people with dementia worldwide and by conquering the world’s highest free-standing mountain on World’s Alzheimer’s Day, we will be helping to fight to make sure that dementia is recognised as a global health priority.

I am today going to  summit Mt Kilimanjaro in honour of my late Grandpa Jack who passed away from Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. I made a promise soon after my grandpa passed, when I was in Africa, that I would Conquer Kili for him.

This is a killer disease and it’s affecting many Australian lives- we need to make a change and raise awareness. We can do things to prevent it, and by raising such funds, we can hopefully find a cure.

 

Learn more about World Alzheimer’s Day – http://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-day

 

I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

 

You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

Are you doing enough training?

  •  Backdated to  25 August 2011

 

Are you training enough? Are you fit enough?  Are you strong enough?

 

Everyday people are askng me am I ready for my Kilimanjaro Climb.

 

The answer is, I don’t know.

 

How can I know?

 

I’ve been getting in my 2 hour walks, heading to the gym, doing some of my P90X workout DVD’s and just trying to get the fitness in as much as possible.

 

But I’ve never done a 7 day hike. I’ve never even done a 1 day hike- so I don’t know what to be prepared for.

 

I’m taking each day is it comes. It’s just one foot in front of the other.

 

Pole Pole – slowly slowly, The African guides tell trekkers this on the trip.  I think this is the most common advice- walk to the beat of your own drum and pace yourself. You’ll make it!

 

Any training advice or tips from any climbing you have done?

 

 

I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

 

You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 20 Days to go


 

Take a Leaf out of another’s book

I’ve turned to friends for advice and information as the date now creeps increasingly closer to when I must venture out and Climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

I am fortunate enough to have some wonderful friends who were more than happy to give their time, tips and share with me some souvenirs from their Kili climbing experience.

I met with my high school mate Dan who climbed Kili just last year and he gave me not only great advice but a DVD of his time on the mountain, a diary given to him by his tour group with information on Africa, and a great Map of the park and the mountain. As it’s finally within reach, I’m really getting stuck into these resources and trying to place myself in Africa.

DVD 

I’m yet to watch the DVD though think this will be a great learning experience- and interesting to see someone else’s journey. The movie was commissioned by one of the members of his group and is shot over a series of different climbs. Dan was actually in this one but not featured. Pretty cool souvenir to get though!

Safari Journal 

A wonderful gift from the tour company given to all the participants of the trip. It’s got beautiful images, information and facts about Tanzania, star maps,  area maps, wildlife spotting checklists, Tanzania folk tales and lovely writing pages where you can pen your own story. It’s such a great idea to have it all in one, and a fantastic souvenir. I really hope I get something like it – but I have also prepared my own.

Map

The Map of Kilimanjaro Park is really helpful to have and again starts to put things in perspective. However, looking at the elevations and having Dan talk me through the various parts of the hike and explain how treturous some of it could be, it also made me nervous. It will be great to come back and look at this map and see where I went and the heights that we reached.

Do you have any cool souvenirs or photos or blogs that you can share with me before I head off on this crazy adventure?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

KILI COUNTDOWN –3 Days to go

 

Everyone has a trick of the trade

As the time fast approaches for my Kili Climb, I find that everyone has a tip, trick or piece of advice they wish to impart.

 

Some of them are more worrisome and cautions really rather than insightful pieces of information, which can sometimes be less beneficial. But on the whole, it’s been nice to hear what others have to say and perhaps at times, get some harsh home truths about what it’s going to be like.

Here are some of the things that friends, strangers and experts have been telling me:

 

  • Tie your boots tight before the summit trip – you’ll be so cold at the top, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is tightening your boots
  • Layers!! Hot at the bottom and freezing at the top. Learning to layer will be your best asset.
  • Cold sore cream. An unexpected and unwelcome participant on the trip
  • Set your own pace- don’t let others dictate your pace
  • Take lots of photos
  • Make sure to bring chocolate and other snacks from oz, don’t buy them there
  • Ladies products and toiletries can be hard to find or aren’t of such good quality- get them here.
  • SQUATS, SQUATS, SQUATS~ (Training)
  • Wear your boots in! your boots will be your best friend
  • Take a more electrolyte based flavoured drink powder as opposed to the regular Gatorade or powerade powders
  • Eat and drink when told! The guides will know what is best for you.
  • Asante Sana – Thank you. Learn some Swahili, you’ll have more fun with your guides
  • Moon the camera on the summit – (more of a suggestion of a fun photo idea, one that I’m very unlikely to take up, but thanks)
  • Rug up at the top! It’s cold! Wear everything you own.

 

There were tips galore- and I get at least 5-6 suggestions a day. Everyone’s an expert. I know they are trying to help though.

 

I look forward to sharing with you my own gems of advice and pearls of wisdom once I’ve conquered Kili!

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 7 Days to go

Mountain Climbing PACKING LIST


It’s now just 5 days to go til my climb and I seriously need to start thinking about how I’m going to get all the gear I’ve accumulated into the backpack and onto the plane.

 

With ski jackets, hiking boots, walking bladders and a mountain of snacks and vitamins and tablets, I’m just not sure it’s all going to fit in.

 

See here the Packing List. Yes All 2 pages of it, that was provided to us by our wonderful organizers, Inspired Adventures. With a list like this, I cannot go wrong.

 

I feel as though I now have most things covered, but man is there a lot to check!

 

We also still have to do our last big shop for snacks, medication, pain relief, first aid kit supplies and any other cream, band aid or paste that is going to make our trip more comfortable.

 

 

Any suggestions on things that I should take for climbing a mountain?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 5 Days to go