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No idea where or when the idea came from, just the necessity to see Machu Picchu in Peru. This trip was planned whilst caring for my terminally ill father . We talked at length over my “trip of a lifetime” and I asked him if he would write me a letter for when “the going got tough” to spur me on to succeed.
We lost Dad 4 weeks before Peru. He had left an envelope with the words “Colette & Anne Marie, not to be opened til Sunrise on 1st May 2011, Happy Birthday Col, I love you – Dad x”. This was the day we were to summit Machu Picchu, it was also my 40th birthday and I had dreamed of seeing the sun rise through the sun gate specifically on this date. After a tough 4 day trek, I fulfilled my life long dream. We opened Dad’s letter…
Happy Birthday To Colette
Here are the “words of wisdom” as promised when you asked for them some while ago. As I write this I know not if I shall be with you all on this earth as you read it, or if God has called me to the next phase of His plan for me! Either way I have the feeling that my love will be surrounding you all in any case, and I shall be caring for you all from afar, (No matter where that be !! )
Anyway ENOUGH! Here is the snippet of wisdom for you to digest and carry through life thereafter…
Always keep your face toward the sun and strive to head forever onward and upward. Because that is where you will find the TRUTH , ENERGY AND LIGHT with which to conquer all the problems that beset you in life. NEVER succumb to the feeling of the “need to look back” for if you keep your face toward the sun , all that you will find left behind you are your shadows…!
I hope you both enjoy your “trip of a lifetime” and keep the “Words of Wisdom” in memory of me!
I will love you all for ETERNITY XXXXXX Dad
I can honestly say those words are the most precious thing I shall ever own . How many of us meander through life not fully appreciating what we have and in the blink of an eye, our lives are disappearing? Following our trip to South America the decision was made… it was time for another adventure. What could possibly come close to Machu Picchu? Kilimanjaro it is!
For my 30th birthday I decided to do something to feel more alive. A bungee jump in ‘No Mans Land’ should do the trick. With hippos and crocodiles lining the Zambezi River, I made the walk out onto the platform. A few seconds later I was mid-flight in my first and only bungee jump. The photo captures the moment perfectly…my birthday… my honeymoon… my leap of faith. – Leigh Cavalli in Namibia
After years of dreaming about witnessing the Northern Lights, my dream finally came true during a trip to Norway. The magical Aurora Borealis appeared and started dancing in the dark winter sky – first green then with tinges of beautiful red. The display got more and more dramatic from rays of light to curtains to almost a massive explosion of light before slowly fading away leaving me completely enchanted. It was a moment that will live with me forever – truly one of nature’s greatest spectacles. – Nicole Lewis in Norway.
Born and bred in London, I have always felt a connection to the buzz of city life and the hustle and bustle of people, which has drawn me to explore the culture of other cities such as Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and New York. I never really felt that nature was for me, preferring to see a theatre show or to get lost in an art gallery instead of hiking up a mountain or cycling by the coast, but my perspective changed completely when I experienced the natural beauty of the Iguazu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil.
No pictures will ever do justice what it is like to stand amidst these majestic, mighty falls, and I was reduced to tears at the mere sight of them. Powerful yet peaceful as the water crashed down with an almighty din on the rocks below whilst the spray delicately speckled my clothes, they were a unique sight to behold and one that I immediately knew I was going to remember for the rest of my life. The constant roar of the water juxtaposed with the silent glisten of rainbows that would materialise, hovering low and appearing within reach, felt like some sort of ethereal dream.
Seeing the falls encase you as you walk through them, feeling the drops of water on your skin and hearing the thundering grumble of the crashing liquid below are why images can never truly capture what it is like to experience the Iguazu Falls in person. From the moment I saw them, I realised that although I love the vibrancy of big cities, I will never feel more alive than when I felt like I had become a part of nature at Iguazu Falls.
There was a moment while watching the wind blow the blonde grass of the Maasai Mara, when I heard a new kind of silence. Not a dead silence but a live one. The kind I never hear because it comes from the absence of humans, and I am human. I felt I had disappeared. That I was no longer a voyeur but a participant – an animal just like the rest. I understood the cycle of creation – that it also includes destruction – and I was part of it. Then the silence went away. I’ve searched for it ever since. – Katie Lynn Murphy in Kenya
In 2009 I ran the London Marathon in aid of a hospital in rural Zambia. Later that year, I travelled to Zambia and spent a week at the hospital. Here I visit a rural clinic, weighing babies, giving vaccinations, and talking to women who’ve walked a very long way to be there. Worth every sweat-drenched mile for them – and me. – Matthew Rutter in Zambia
Never before has there been an hour in my life so intense, so moving, so spine-tingling than that of being within feet of a family of gorillas. All courtesy of my trip to Rwanda, culminating in the highlight – the Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. – Karen Miller in Rwanda
After spending a memorable few hours watching the spectacle of life played out on the ghats of Varanasi, we left all the colour, diversity and ritual behind, our boat heading out on the vast expanse of the Ganges. As we floated peacefully, watching the sun set, we took our flickering candles and lowered them onto the river. Each one with a special wish… – Diane Bateman in India
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