This Day in History

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I like October more than any other month of the year. Screw the month of December with its Christmas trees and birthday balloons, screw the festivities of January, the redness of February and the eggs of April.

I like October and in particular, I like today, the 12th of October.

This day has significance wrapped up in every minute, across a few different time zones and continents for three different reasons.

Let’s take it back to 2009…

6 years ago

In October 2009 I left South Africa to live and work in South Korea. It all started on the 12th of October in a small Korean town called Gyeongju. The 13 000 km move from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere was the start of my never-ending wanderlust and my travelling itchy feet. It’s been six years and I’m still scratching, still exploring, still wandering and still not done.

Cheers to six years of amazing discoveries.

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3 years ago

In October 2012, just as I left South Korea to do something completely out of my comfort zone, I started a blog, this blog. I started the blog for two reasons; to write and to keep my parents updated about my journey on the road (basically showing them I’m still alive). Fast forward to 2015 and the blog completely morphed into my baby, my lifeline and the 24/7 ruler of my thoughts. Through the world of travel blogging and travel-related events I’ve met the most amazing people and I get to live out two of my biggest passions while calling it a job: travelling and writing.

Cheers to Going Somewhere Slowly.

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3 years ago, 2 years ago and today

In October 2012 I started with something that was so far out of my comfort zone that I’m still trying to make sense of it. I bought a bicycle, I got him some panniers (bags) and I gave him a name, Koos. With Koos I went somewhere slowly in Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea during the last three years and since the birth of Koos (yes I just said birth), I’ve celebrated his birthday every 12th of October with a cake, a candle and a road trip.

Cheers to Koos and his third birthday.

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(Unfortunately I’m not with Koos on this birthday but in two weeks I’ll get him a pretty candle, a piece of cake and a taste of the road).

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I like October. I like it a lot.

The last six years have changed my life and my mind in every way possible. I’ve been a student of the universe and I’m still a student;  it has opened my eyes to the beauty of our world, showed me acceptance and taught me toleration.

“Grateful” doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel.

 I like October. I like it a lot. 

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

– Paulo Coelho

 

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