I am a city girl born and bred. I love living in London, even though I don’t take full advantage of all the pleasures on my doorstep – just knowing they are there whenever I want them is a gift indeed. Even when I’m gritting my teeth at endless delays and rude people on the Tube, or bemoaning the price of anything and everything, or grumbling about how long it takes to get from one place to another, it’s a toothless anger born out of love and familiarity and home.
I travel to see and experience something different.
And what could be more different than the incredible open spaces of our planet’s most wild places? The sense of space, of being a tiny insignificant being in a huge wide world, of awe at the natural beauty of places and wild things is indescribably uplifting and addictive.
I love this quote by Thabo Mbeki, the second post-apartheid President of South Africa, from 1999 to 2008.
Another photo of the Maasai Mara in Kenya, with that wonderful luminescent light that makes the grass look like it’s glowing. The rain-laden clouds will soon drop their water, in a mad torrential downpour. But it won’t last long and then the golden sun will light up the huge open space again.
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