I’m involved in a long distance relationship. My boyfriend is an expat in West-Africa, 7.000 km from Brussels which is where I live.
A long distance relationship means living in the moment and enjoying every single second together, enjoying the little moments. A long distance relationship means extreme happiness when saying ‘hello’ after being apart for weeks on hand and it means deep sadness when saying goodbye after spending even the shortest amount time spent together.
My man is leaving again tomorrow. We spent a month (exactly one month) together this time, filled with happy memories here in Belgium and in South Africa, where we went on holiday. My man is leaving again tomorrow and I’m staying behind in Brussels. It sucks.
J.C. and I just came back from a marvelous trip across Western Cape Province, South Africa.
I can honestly say that it was the most beautiful country I’ve visited so far. Not that I’ve been to that many places, but enough to compare at least a little bit.
The views are absolutely breathtaking. For the past two and a half weeks we travelled through so many different sceneries: savannah, rainforest greens, beach views, mountains,… We held our breath at every turn, never knowing what we would see next.
As the trip is still fresh in my mind, we figured we’d write down our recommendations for travellers who have South Africa on their ‘bucket list’ or who will be visiting soon. I’ve noticed that while planning this trip other travellers’ recommendations often came in handy, so I figured I’d do the same and publish some tips.
To be completely honest: I stole the text from my boyfriend, who took the time to write it all down. Though the text below could honestly be described as a ‘team effort’ as well, as I completed where I thought it was necessary and edited some of it.
Today we all live a high paced life, trying to meet all the expectations life and society have spelled out for us. We’re more worried about being who the others, who the world expect us to be rather than to take the time to grow and become the person we want to be.
By the time we realize that we need a break, that every now and then we need to stop to smell the roses and take a breath … We often don’t even recognize ourselves, let alone love ourselves.
You don’t (necessarily) need an “Eat. Pray. Love.” experience to find yourself or to grow to love the person that you are. This article states that it’s perfectly possible to (learn to) love yourself (a bit more) through a few simple rituals.
I’m not saying that soul-searching-trips are a bad thing (not at all), but let’s not forget that life isn’t just made up of the big life-changing moments. There’s also countless little moments in life, countless chances every day to turn your life around and to make a change.
While browsing the web, I stumbled across the blog of ‘Word Wonders‘, who recently added a post answering 30 questions about Disney. And as I too agree that you’re never too old for Disney, I figured that I might answer them as well!
1. Favourite Character
Without a doubt my favourite character / princess / … of Disney!
She’s an intelligent, beautiful bookwurm with a romantic heart, dreaming of living an extraordinary life. On top of that she has the most beautiful dress of all Disney princesses (yes, that’s an important criterium).
Why would I want to relate to any other Disney Princess than Belle?
I you would’ve told me a year ago that I’d take 4 flights in less than 24 hours, alone and without causing any drama… I wouldn’t have believed you. I probably would’ve laughed in your face.
Let’s be clear, I’ll never enjoy flying. I really won’t. But I feel as if I’ve at least reached a point where that fear is not controlling my life anymore.
It’s never really decided my fate, as I’m not the kind of girl to let anything stop me from living my dreams, travelling the world and discovering new horizons (well… except for the lack of money that is).
But it’s quite comforting to realize that I CAN do it, without being sick of fear anymore. It’s quite comforting to realize that I CAN do it alone, without depending on anyone else anymore.