Pictures really are an amazing way to remember. Once in a while I love to sit back with a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, and flip through the photo albums of my travels.
I feel blessed to have been able to travel a great part of this wonderful planet over the past 10 years and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.
(Some of these pics actually go back to 2010, so #babyface it is)
The Garden Route & Cape Town – South Africa
In 2013 I went to South Africa for a month to visit a friend I met while sailing the world.
I flew to Johannesburg and we drove the Garden Route from Pretoria back to Cape Town.
Amazing scenery and a lot of gorgeous little towns along the way. We drove through Middelburg, Knysna, where we made a stop to visit the Knysna Elephant park and took in the beautiful view of the Knysna Heads, Graaff-Reinet and Mosselbaai all the way to Cape Town.
I had been in Cape Town before and visited the majestic Tabel Mountain and this time I had the chance to visit Robben Island, the pinguins at Boulders Beach, Stellenbosch and Bo-Kaap. #Glenwoodwine
The Great Pyramids – Egypt
It feels so incredible to be able to say that I saw the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World that is still standing today, The Great Pyramid of Giza. And that while riding a Camel.
Skydiving – Honolulu, Hawaii
A group of friends and I decided to go to Pacific Skydiving while in Hawaii and do a tandem jump. I just came out of a night shift at 8am, so I luckily I dind’t have much time to think about what I was about to do.
We decided not to splurge for the action pictures, meaning the ones where pictures are taken during your free fall, so I only have the before shot and the incredible memories to remember this by.
I was absolutely terrified! There were about a hundred times, beginning on the ground receiving the safety instructions until the moment I was literary pushed out of the plane, when I just wanted to call the whole thing off and keep both feet safely on the ground. But I’m so grateful I pushed through, faced my fear of heights and made the plunge. The minute in free fall was the most liberating feeling, it was such an incredible experience.
Boodle fight – Philippines
In November 2014, I spend 3 wonderful weeks in the Philippines with my great friend Dianne, who was my roommate when I worked onboard the Pearl Mist.
Besides visiting Manila City, Borocay and Baguio City, her family organized a traditional Boodle Fight dinner for me.
A boodle fight is a very large collection of food that is served on banana leaves. The bottom layer is usually white rice on top of which can be fish, shrimp, crab, eggplant, bagoong and slices of green mangoes, etc. In a boodle arrangement, everyone eats with their fingers.
It was such a great way to come together, experience the culture and enjoy some great food.
I loved the Philippines, especially since I got to spend it with great friends and I can’t wait to be able to go back.
Crossing the Equator
Onboard a cruise ship, or any vessel for that matter, there is a bit of a tradition when crossing the equator for the very first time. Onboard the MV Explorer, this tradition is called Neptune day!
In order to become a shellback, us Pollywogs had to go through a process involving “having fish guts” poured on our heads, jumping into the pool, and kissing a fish in front of King Neptune and his Court. I can say that I am now a proud Shellback, having crossed the equator multiple times.
It’s also a tradition among sailors to shave off all their hair in respect to King Neptune after crossing the Equator, which I hope you can all understand I did NOT do.
Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar
An impressive Buddhist site in Yangon, Myanmar. Just a gorgeous place to roam around, take pictures and leave a little prayer and wish.
Myanmar is such a beautiful, friendly country and unfortunately I don’t know enough about it, but I wish to return soon and learn more about their traditions and customs.