It's taken me a long time to stomach the thought of a serious change not only concerning my blog, but also my general lifestyle! Like many people... I have a few outstanding memories that still feel so vivid; I could almost touch them still. I've been incredibly lucky to live a "blessed" lifestyle, but it has come with its lessons and I've never been ignorant of natural beauty and how precious it really is. South Africa is a country I've been lucky to visit many times, mainly as a child. It has left me with memories that are worth more than any materialistic item.
Arriving at a resort that looked so grand, I could barley believe it as a six year old. Golden Gazelles and beautiful African animals adorned the entrance, it looked like a palace and it was exactly that. The lobby was just as grand and nothing could keep me from looking up and seeing the astonishing hand painted ceiling, which I can still see in my photographic memory to this day. Once we were all checked in, I felt a sense of calm, but not only that I appreciated my surroundings, which were so different to home but my god I felt like a princess! I especially remember waking up in the morning after our first night at the palace, I opened the curtains and saw something I wasn't quite expecting the following morning...Lushy plants followed by the silhouette of a perfectly rugged mountain and a warm sunrise on the horizon. It was just priceless, as a six year old I took it all in, I really did because even though I'm writing this at 24 I can still feel the magic and excitement of that little girl looking through the window.
After a few days, my family and myself started to get our Barings. My father and I set off one morning into the beautiful lushy surroundings. We found ourselves hopping over stepping-stones that lay within a beautiful pond full of bright fish. We put a 10p coin in a growing tree; we were about to create a memory that we still talk about. Another great memory was visiting the Entertainment Centre situated within the Resort. There was one game "Ice-ball" which I especially took a liking too. There were different rings, which you had to chuck the ice ball in to get a certain amount of points. After numerous visits to the Entertainment Centre, it's safe to say I got pretty darn good at it. My parents named me the "Ice-ball Champion" I truly believed I was the best!! - After each game you would win tokens, which would print out from the side. I ended up getting enough tokens to go into the shop to pick a toy! During this particular trip to South Africa, we still had a visit to Zimbabwe on the horizon and naturally as a child I chose the biggest toy I could... A giant snake (about two meters long) I hate snakes, but this toy was so beautiful it had an array of colors mainly purples, pinks and blues and I loved it. I'm not actually sure how we got it to Zimbabwe and then home, as it was so huge! Sadly, I don't have it anymore as my Doberman Sunny took a particular liking to it when he was a puppy.
I suppose what I'm trying to say is that nothing makes you richer than these kind of experiences, the ones that still have you in awe years after!
Lots of Love