My Sojourn!!!

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Inyo National Park; Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges.

A friend reminded me not so long ago, that when I laugh, the world laughs with me, when I cry, I cry alone: sad isn't it? But how so true. I have cried with someone . . .  well I have, many times. But as time steals away the laughter, the smiles, the spirit, the energy and the vision that turns our hopes and dreams into realities, I find I have laughed with the world many times over. I have so much to be thankful for. The years have been gracious, the hand of providence generous and love abounding through the many who have loved and befriended me, those who have brought laughter into my life even if it was for just a brief moment. The strangers, o, the strangers!  God in his wisdom sent many strangers my way just to help make my dreams realities.

My girlfriend Maria from Puerto Rico, she was a highlight in my life in July of 2008. We had a laughter filled 3 day tour to Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas.
Everyone in this life is born with some special talent, and I discovered early on that I had more than one talent: a good sense of intuition and the ability to relate to strangers. I have used the first to make a living and stay out of trouble (not so successfully of course) and the second to get my way around the world. I have always believed that the things we forget may as well never have happened, but I have many memories, all real and true which feels like I have lived more than once. 

The dream has always been to see the world and so far I have seen more of the world than many will. There is still so much to see and I feel like I have barely started when I look at the red push pins (places I want to go), vs. the Green ones (places I have been to) on my world map: don't get me wrong I'm not complaining.

Niagara Falls, Canada
 I still dream of those far away places and hope my dreams will come true.  Look how the years have gone by . . . At the beginning of it all was a little girl’s dream - my dream to see more than what I saw in my dreams: even as a little girl, my dreams were always in strange places, places I could not describe, places I never knew and strangers I did know I would meet. There was a time when I had to read a history book and use a geography map to relate and build a vivid imagination of what the places looked like, my earliest recollections were the Rhine lands in the Netherlands (Holland). I studied about land reclamation and farming, the Dutchman's triumph over nature in my history class back in primary three, which is the equivalent of third grade here in the United States. In my day we did not have cameras, a photographer had to come by and take the photos at a price, then take another three weeks to develop them and bring them back and have you pay three times the amount for two copies of each.
My charming friend Toon from Den Bosch in Holland, never ceases to make me laugh with his articulate way with the English language
As the years went by, I learned to collect photos and assemble them in an album that I got when I went to senior one, an equivalent of eighth grade in the US. I was in a catholic (girls only) boarding school known as Trinity College Nabbingo. During visiting days in school, I proudly took out the album and shared with my friends as we waited to be visited. At home, the albums became forms of entertainment. Through the years my collections grew for friends, family and random strangers that brought a smile on my face, I never forgot those who made me laugh.  

With the travels came the Visas: The visas are so many and the application processes never cease to amaze me: the British make it so painful and unrealistic, it's not like their country is the best to live in, but then there are many who seek refuge there.

Yosemite; Tioga pass
I have had 4 passports in 16 years and as I go through the visas in them, I find I have travelled a lot more on the continents of Europe and greater Africa. Living in the United States, I have not needed my passport to travel the great many states whose individual land masses represent countries of their own: my vision is still to visit all 50 states and I'm getting there.  I should love to travel within South America to continents that share a familiar tradition and culture. I love cultural education. 

I have learned the cultures and languages of people from far away lands, taking faith with me each time I leave and believing in the power of safety to get me there. I must say in the last two years, the power of joining hands with people who share the same passion for travel (Travbuddies) and for adventure (Southern Arizona Adventure Company - SAAC) has been inspiring beyond words.

My Canadian friend Mike and I toured Tombstone and had a fun filled day, his Canadian sense of humour not failing all the while
The Travbuddy meet ups are a testimony to the free human spirit and passion, would not you agree? I even developed a passion for hiking, well I didn't know it was an activity on it's own until I started walking with a bunch of people and calling it hiking he-he!. A collection of the most sentimental, memorable and adventurous photos are included in this blog: random I might add in no particular order. Special gratitude to all those who have left footprints along my path, family, friends, strangers, angels, my daughter and above all God almighty who has guided my every way: the hand of providence has been generous to  me. This is me on my journey through time . . . great journey so far. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Bridal Falls, Yosemite National Park
Happiness never decreases by being shared . . . So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.  

I love from a distance and wait for my heart to calm. I try to always remember to smell the roses, see all the love around me. Life is but a collection of all those moments that take your breath away. The rest is unwritten . . . start writing yours! Make your tapestry of life colourful.

AMSTERDAM (2008/2009). My best friend Agnes, words can not describe the amount of laughter, fun, adventure and feelings we have shared together, fun is her middle name :)
The categories of photos I have included here are family, friends, strangers along my way, people who have made me laugh or smile even for just a moment, and places I went (adventures).  The strangers I met along the way that left footprints  on my path and the most powerful of them all is the love of my life Desire (my daughter) whose life I document in photographs. The so called strangers I refer to are those people I met along the way, some for the briefest of moments and others have defied time and friendship and still walk with me, even from across the miles. Those strangers would be nothing but the passing wind if I had not captured that smile in a photograph, and so they say, "a photograph is worth a thousand words". They have encouraged me, reminded me, and changed my attitude and outlook on many things. Some of my adventures have included unplanned trips across the world, visiting wonders of the world, taking a chance with a stranger who turned out to be the giver of the gift of all times - my daughter.
Berlin - GERMANY (2003): Attending the ITB travel convention
Never regret anything/ anyone that made you laugh! Like my Mum always says, laughter is a cure for most everything. Kindness on the otherhand can get you killed. 

"When our careers are over and money's spent, when we are old and failing and feel life fading... What will we remember? Our loves and passions will fire our memories beyond the passing of all else". 

In honour of those that I may not see again, I extend my unfailling gratitude: for making me smile, for lending me a hand, for writing to me, for calling me, for showing me around, for hosting me in your home, but most of all for the loving care in that moment in time.

With my husaband on a leisurely trip up mount Lemmon, we ended up hiking in Summerhaven.
  If I have not included you here, please know that in my heart you are a memory so dear and sweet. Thank you and may your kindess be rewarded ten fold. Do not leave for tomorrow, what you can do today! Regrets are not the best of feelings.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

Africancrab says:
Thank you dear, keep going and you will get there. The future is never secure for anyone, that is what makes it fun and adventurous.
Posted on: Dec 01, 2011
anywien says:
" nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future."
It s a beautiful article. Your life is my dream :-)
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011
Africancrab says:
Tania, thanks for taking time to read and leave me a comment, much appreciated.
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011
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Inyo National Park; Sierra Nevada …
Inyo National Park; Sierra Nevada…
My girlfriend Maria from Puerto Ri…
My girlfriend Maria from Puerto R…
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls, Canada
My charming friend Toon from Den B…
My charming friend Toon from Den …
Yosemite; Tioga pass
Yosemite; Tioga pass
My Canadian friend Mike and I tour…
My Canadian friend Mike and I tou…
Bridal Falls, Yosemite National Pa…
Bridal Falls, Yosemite National P…
AMSTERDAM (2008/2009). My best fri…
AMSTERDAM (2008/2009). My best fr…
Berlin - GERMANY (2003): Attending…
Berlin - GERMANY (2003): Attendin…
With my husaband on a leisurely tr…
With my husaband on a leisurely t…
Withe my daughter and son on my bi…
Withe my daughter and son on my b…
With my Mum; Uganda 2013
With my Mum; Uganda 2013
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AMSTERDAM (2008/2009) With Travbud…
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UGANDA (2007). My big sister Beatr…
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My husband; Im blessed to have hi…
My husband; I'm blessed to have h…
ARIZONA: Jared visiting me at work…
ARIZONA: Jared visiting me at wor…
My sister Molly at my graduation; …
My sister Molly at my graduation;…
KANSAS CITY (2008). With my Peruvi…
KANSAS CITY (2008). With my Peruv…
CASA GRAND (2006). Having time awa…
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With Wayne my artist friend, quite…
With Wayne my artist friend, quit…
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TUCSON (2007). My friend Jared ori…
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TUCSON (2010). Mike and I during a…
TUCSON (2010). Mike and I during …
FLORIDA (2009). With travbuddy Jul…
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My friend Luis from Argentina stay…
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With Travbuddy Judy (Hummingbird),…
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My charming Bosnian Admirer Zlatko…
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My sister Molly & brother Arnold (…
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One of my favorite actors. Hollywo…
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ARIZONA: At the Grand Canyon. (07/…
ARIZONA: At the Grand Canyon. (07…
NAIROBI, KENYA (1998) with my frie…
NAIROBI, KENYA (1998) with my fri…
Giacomo (Giacomino) my dear friend…
Giacomo (Giacomino) my dear frien…
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SECOND TUCSON TRAVBUDDY MEET UP (M…
SECOND TUCSON TRAVBUDDY MEET UP (…
Me and Mr.X, the leader of my hiki…
Me and Mr.X, the leader of my hik…
My brother Dickson at Niagara Fall…
My brother Dickson at Niagara Fal…
SONOITA, ARIZONA (2005) - Friends …
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Part of a bigger cause in saving l…
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MALDIVES (1999)
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My bestfriend Agnes and my baby
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My daughter at Lake Victoria in En…
My daughter at Lake Victoria in E…
MISSISSIPPI (1999): my fun times c…
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ILLINOIS: The Bean at Millennium P…
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Desire, Daniel and Guy on movie ni…
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UGANDA (07/2007)- My brothers wed…
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KAMPALA: Jackie, Pearl, Harriet, M…
KAMPALA: Jackie, Pearl, Harriet, …
UGANDA (2003): Fionas Kwanjula in…
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Daniel and Desire on movie night a…
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TUCSON (2008) My Romanian friend B…
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TUCSON (2009). With my friend Joe …
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Me and Dawn Liberi former USAID ch…
Me and Dawn Liberi former USAID c…
My mischievous girlfriend Diane fr…
My mischievous girlfriend Diane f…
TUCSON (2008). My best male friend…
TUCSON (2008). My best male frien…
AMSTERDAM (2008/2009) With Travbud…
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My friend Joe is a native of Arizo…
My friend Joe is a native of Ariz…
Me and Travbuddy Alarick (AlarickT…
Me and Travbuddy Alarick (Alarick…
Sailing on Lake Victoria - UGANDA
Sailing on Lake Victoria - UGANDA
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9,367 km (5,820 miles) traveled
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