Frank and his wife Francien decided a few years ago to make the big step and embark on an early retirement life. This blog is about their journey to find new meaning in a mindful lifestyle, opposed to a global corporate working lifestyle driven by frenetic timelines and obligations.
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Swimming with whale sharks in the open ocean has been on our bucket list since many years. So we traveled to the Philippines to find out if this is really such an incredible experience. Our plane from Kuala Lumpur approached Manila crossing Manila Bay. From the air this city looks like ……..
Twenty years ago,
I ran my first ever Half-Marathon in Berlin, Germany. It all started with a bet during a Christmas party in Leipzig in 1996. ‘Are you fit enough to run a full Marathon?’ friends challenged me. ‘Yes, of course!’ I replied with bravado..........
When hearing Australia you most probably picture a Kangaroo hopping through the hot outback under a blue sky. Hold that thought for a moment. Forget about sunshine, as for the first few days we had rain and cold wind instead. A tropical storm crashed into a South Western cold front and Francien and I scrambled for warm rain coats. We arrived in the middle of it: rain and below 15 C temperatures!!! The coldest summer in recorded history. Throw in flooded roads and you can get the picture.
But the story does not end here.
After a 35 year hiatus Francien and I returned to Johannesburg for a few days to reconnect with old friends and see familiar places. We once called the north-eastern suburbs home and for the sake of trying to find out how much had changed, we rented a car and explored the area.......
I sat at my computer writing this blog, but there was a hitch: there was too much to write about our travel to Southern Africa. Therefore, I decided not write about all that spectacular wildlife Africa is known for. Much has already been written about these animals, but trust me: words cannot describe the sensation of experiencing this wildlife close-by in the raw nature of Africa. But don’t worry, keep reading…..