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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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…..