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You are never to old to discover, new places, new hobbies or even a NEW you!

  • Discover,  Explore

    Victoria Falls, a must to see!

    And why you need to see both sides of the Falls. Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders or better known as the Victoria Falls. The greatest curtain of falling water and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Visiting the Falls has been on ‘the’ list for a long time and I finally made it happen. After a very short flight from Johannesburg with British Airways (thank you for the gluten free meal), we landed safely at Livingstone, Zambia. Depending on which nationality you have you get in-line at immigration to get the appropriate stamps or VISA. Having a Belgian passport we had to get the Kaza Uni-visa.…

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    The Backyard on Fire!

    Planned and controlled but still very impressive and something I have to get used to. Moving to a new country also means different customs. Sometimes new customs you had never thought about. Fire prevention is one of them! Little did I know that fires are, and always have been, a part of the South African landscape. They occur as a natural phenomenon in grasslands, woodlands, fynbos, and sometimes in indigenous forests. South Africa has two fire seasons according to rainfall patterns, the dry summer months in the Western Cape, and the dry winter months in the rest of the country. Our winter goes from the 21th of June until the 23rd…

  • Discover,  Walk,  Walking Coach

    #60daystodiscover, makes me a Happy Hiker !

    May 2019 – Edition 2 – Halfway there I could never have imagined that a simple idea would actually touch and reach so many other souls. But it does and that puts a big smile on my face! The reason why I started the #60daystodiscover is really simple. I was at a point in life where I have set my mind to something but it wasn’t going as I had it envisioned. Being stuck and not really knowing where I was heading, I started going outside on short walks. In the beginning I was just doing it to enhance my fitness but soon I found out that it gave me…

  • Discover,  Explore,  Kruger National Park,  Walk

    A walking safari, the ultimate way to nurture your soul!

    I went on a 4-day backpack trail in Kruger National Park and did so much more than just recharge my batteries. Four days of walking in the African bush, with everything you need, stowed away in your backpack. That’s more or less how you can describe a backpack trail. Did you see many animals? That’s the first question everybody asks. Yes, this time (this was my second backpack trail in Kruger National Park) we had a lot of animal encounters. But you know what? It’s not only about that. It’s about the whole experience that makes a trip like this special. Don’t get me wrong, it is exciting when you…

  • What happens when you get up early!
    Discover,  Explore,  Walking Coach

    I just found out what happens when you start your day early!

    And, why you should consider giving it a try. Everything before seven o’clock in the morning is way too early! That was exactly my moto, at least, before we moved to South Africa. Our big move has changed my life in many different ways. Starting my day early was a change I never saw coming. Just like many things in life, it just happened. It is however a change that I embrace with all my heart! So much that I think I should share it, so maybe you can benefit from it as well. Life in South Africa just starts earlier, for every one. Peak hours in gym classes are…

  • Grasses bend but don't break
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    Why it is better to just go with the flow.

    Sometimes, not always. If you ever had a close look at the grasses waving in the wind, I bet you find it as mesmerizing as me. Moving with a motion I don’t even understand. The wind slowly bending them but they don’t snap, they keep strong but follow the rules of the wind…for now. That’s exactly what you sometimes have to do. Sometimes you can just do as much as you can but it still doesn’t seem enough. Then it’s time to take a step back, overlook everything and rethink your strategy. Then it’s just better to go with the flow. When it’s out of your hands to change anything…

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    8 reasons why you want to keep a hiking journal!

    And why it can be actually fun keeping one 🙂 I hear you thinking… journalling, that’s just not for me. In that case, you definitely want to keep on reading! Already a fan of journalling? Then let me know if I missed something. I’ve never been the type that keeps a journal. Maybe too afraid that someone might read it. Haha, I honestly don’t know the reason why not, I just never did. By the way, did you know that there is actually a difference between a diary and a journal? I didn’t, up to know! Since it’s all very confusing, I’m just going to call it journalling, sorted. journal/ˈdʒəːn(ə)l/…

  • Discover,  Explore,  Walking Coach

    How living without TV changed my life for the better!

    Yes, I plead guilty… when I heard somebody talking about “Game of Thrones” for the first time, I raised an eyebrow when I learned they were discussing a serie and NOT a card game. I got no clue of what is “hot” on Netflix and I’m a totally nerd when it comes to knowing TV characters. I could easily sit next to a famous TV actor and don’t even recognize the person! Haha, maybe I’ve already done that 🙂 How did this happen? Because for the past 4 years I’m living without TV. Four years ago, me and my husband moved from Belgium to South Africa. The TV and state…

  • Discover,  Explore,  Walking Coach

    Walking mindfully

    As I’m writing this it’s the 1st of January. No better time to approach my way of walking differently. I’m determined to walk more mindfully. I often function on autopilot. Let’s be honest, how often do you just travel from work to home, cross several busy intersections and you can’t even remember crossing them. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  Same goes for our walking… mindful walking gives us an opportunity to gather awareness while walking. Whether moving between floors of a building, on a city street, or in the woods, it is an opportunity to guide ourselves out of the distracted autopilot we live in throughout so much of our day.  It also allows you…

  • Discover,  Explore

    Things just got real!

    I had this crazy idea to motivate people to get outside more, to experience the positive effects of walking and exploring.   How did I come up with such crazy idea?  Simple, I was waiting for a big project to come through and I was getting bored. No just kidding, there is much more to that! But honestly? Waiting for that project did motivate me to discover my Backyard and to experience the benefits of being outside first-hand. I was able to put everything in a better perspective, my health improved, I was much happier (despite the fact that I’m still waiting for that project and it drives me crazy)…