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Dec 24 2012

It’s all about dreams

Dakhla, Western Sahara

Finally – we have a few days to catch-up with ourselves after the long dash through Western Sahara.  We wanted to be close-ish to the border (a mere 300km away) for Christmas, so that we can cross into Mauritania shortly afterwards.  We have met some friendly people and are just loving all the sunshine!

A few days of rest is always welcome.  Moreso at this time of year, as we Humans take time to reflect on the year gone past and make resolutions for the coming year.  ‘Twas only a year ago – almost to the day – that we made the decision that we would turn our dream into reality.  Viking Explorer’s employer was due to be taken over, and we were pretty sure that his department was one that wouldn’t survive the merger.  Rather than moping about the fantastic Christmas present we’d been dealt – we decided to turn it into an opportunity: 2012 would be the year that dreams became reality.

It hasn’t been an easy ride this last year.  We have wrenched ourselves from the routine of our corporate jobs and thrown ourselves headlong into our dream – for all it holds.  We have sold most of our earthly possessions.  We have bid a temporary farewell to our friends in the UK.  We have built our new ‘home’ on wheels and kitted it out.  And in October, we handed over the keys to our house and started our adventure.

It’s been scary.

It’s been exhilarating.

So, it’s over to you.  What is your dream for 2013?  We would love you to share it with us – here in the comments – and also how you’ll start it rolling.  Now, I really don’t expect you all to follow our big adventure.  I know it isn’t for everyone, and some days it is even too much for me!

Maybe you want to learn a new language?  Maybe you want to give yoga or meditation a try this coming year?  Perhaps you want to learn a new sport or join a new club?  Maybe take up a new hobby?

And – importantly – what are you going to do about reaching your dream?  Pick up the phone and call?  Book a class?  Find a course?  Really, it is the first little step that gets the ball rolling.

Please do take a moment to share your dreams.  It can be as big or small as you like.  If nothing else, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that Viking Explorer and I support you in your endeavour ;)

Here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas, happy Holidays and a peacefull New Year.

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  1. Scott Laddiman

    Someone said to me once…. ” If you can dream it, you can do it”….. As you know I had a dream about a year ago, and that dream will become a reality in April / May 2013 when me and a mate head off to Botswana for 19 days. Looking further than 2013, my ultimate dream is to take my kids to Botswana, but until then, I will continue to try and show my kids as many different cultures, experiences and as many other parts of the world that I can, as I consider Travel to be the best education available.
    Its a big world out there, and life is not a rehearsal..!!!

    Its great to see you following your dream!

    All the best for 2013

    Scott, Markus, Heidi and Donny.

    1. African GirlChild

      Super Scott! I wish we could also join your Botswana adventure – but maybe we’ll have to wait until you take the kids? In the meantime, I hope you and your kids are enjoying our adventure. Wishing you all a relaxing Christmas! x

  2. Mugu

    My overland dream is dwelling its way out from mere imagination to Reality. 2013 March I’m going to leave home from KL, Malaysia to Luang Prabang, Laos. My 30 years old Merc is ready & getting equipped for the adventure which would take about 14 days to do a round trip.
    Being an amateur and living in a place where people are seeing my idea as something new, impossible and crazy, I’m not going to feel discouraged or embraced. World is an open book and I would like to read the pages the way I wanted and continue reading as much as I could. I want to keep dreaming and make more realities with more characters in it..my son, my wife.. :-)

    You guys are doing great and your adventure is very inspirational for new comers like me! Wishing you the entire best for 2013.

    Regards,
    Mugu, Malaysia

    1. African GirlChild

      Mugu – we are so excited that you are also bringing a dream to reality! I am sure you’ll have a great time. And don’t worry about being an amateur (we are too!) or about doing something different. Once you are on the road you’ll meet lots of like minded people = we certainly have. Do remember to pop back and let us know how your trip went! Wishing you a peaceful 2013!

  3. Heather

    Hi there

    All the best to both of you for a fantastic 2013, following your dream. You’ve done well! Keep the posts coming – reading them is like my escape:) What are you doing for Christmas tomorrow??

    H xxx

    1. African GirlChild

      Heather – so great you are escaping through us! We’ll keep it up. We’ll be celebrating Christmas tonight (24th) as is the Viking tradition. Looking forward to seeing you all! xx

  4. Russell Frost

    Great to continue reading about your adventures. 2013 for me is when a lifelong dream and ambition to run the London Marathon becomes a reality! Scary stuff, but I’ve got a place. Lots of hard over winter training, early morning gym sessions and good diet discipline is in store for me. I’ll be raising funds along the way for Diabetes Uk

    1. African GirlChild

      Russell – that sounds fantastic! Well done on getting a place. Good luck with all the training – it will be worth it in the end. Remember to come back and let us know how the training goes and ultimately the race. Happy Christmas!

  5. Pepe Yanes

    Let me take this opportunity to wish you merry Christmas there in the desert (Luxury), and good luck in your travel.
    Take care
    Pepe Yanes (Madrid)

    1. African GirlChild

      Many thanks Pepe. Feliz Navidad!

  6. Arno & Elize van der Merwe

    Hallo you two,

    You already know that we are planning our overland trip from Mossel Bay to Marocco in 2013:-) We decided that we are not going to dream our lives anymore but to live our dreams! So 2013 is going to be that dream year. Enjoy your trip, merry Christmas and a wonderful and exciting New year.

    Arno & Elize

    1. African GirlChild

      Glad 2013 will be your year of dreams! Remember to put a date in the diary so that you can start the countdown ;) I hope you have found lots of useful info on our website, but feel free to drop us an email too if you have questions. I hope we can see you in Mossel Bay before you leave, otherwise on the road as we travel in opposite directions! Merry Christmas to you both too.

    2. Riaan

      Hi Guys,

      I am sorry to butt in here.

      I am also leaving up the west coast of Africa in March 2013. I would like to swop some info with fellow south africans as obtaining visa’s here can be tricky…

      Has Arno and Elize got a blog or perhaps contact details?

      Regards
      Riaan

  7. Mark Bradford

    Merry Christmas you two. Live the dream!

    1. African GirlChild

      Many thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!

  8. Ralph

    My dream is to brave another 30 or so days of Washington, D.C.’s cold winter weather in order to brave the 18 hour flight on Delta at the end of January that’ll take me to Johannesburg to meet up with my best friend in the whole world, D.K. Barbour and some nice “hot” weather and another trip to Kruger Park. Godspeed on your journey and the Merriest of Christmases.

    Ralph

  9. Andy

    Hi guys, I was at the overland show when you left, on one of the stands.
    My truck is still in build. (Gonna take a couple of years to finish it properly) We are hoping to get away to Norway next summer (as a trial run). Building up the big off in a few years.
    Have a really great Xmas, keeping an eye on you,
    all the best

    Andy & Mandy

    1. African GirlChild

      Andy & Mandy – Norway will be a stunning test! It is a gorgeous country. Best of luck building your truck! Any questions you may have – feel free to drop us a note. rgds

  10. Tzarina

    I just want to enjoy another year with the people I love and care for and I will.

    1. African GirlChild

      Super!

  11. Ian

    It is good to read your updates with our planned trip we are building up the items we think may be usefull and Santa brought me a new sat nav and Anne tr4Africa so if the Easter bunny can manage a Landy you never Know!!

    Good luck to you both and happy new year

    Ian

  12. tuggy

    im building my dream….and hopefully i will catch up with you on the road one day…….tug.

    1. African GirlChild

      We look forward to it!

  13. Margie Blake

    HI! We loved coming home to all these blog posts – glad you’ve had so much variety and warmth in your Christmas/New Year season. You’ve been quieter since then so I hope it’s only lack of internet access that’s keeping you quiet. Oddly, my new year wish is to learn not to be a compulsive volunteerer – to do less and do it more meaningfully! I love the creative things I do at home so will keep doing them but really struggle with the cooking for 50 people and serving coffee to 100 people! Maybe there are younger stronger people who can at least help…. Will be looking into that. The Turner-Barbour Christmas nearly killed me, to be honest, though Tim loved it – I’ve never met people who are so happy to be around each other day and night and just thrive on each other’s company, food and drink, 24 hours a day! I’ll be wiser in future and go off for days on my own just to refresh my spirits. They’re all wonderful people – I just can’t cope with being in company all the time. Tim had a great time! God bless you both.

    1. African GirlChild

      Margie – I’ll hold you to your “less volunteering” in 2013! Don’t overdoe it ;) Glad you enjoyed the Turner-Barbour Christmas. Yes, I think if you don’t have the Turner-Barbour blood in your veins, it can be quite daunting! We are sooo looking forward to joining in for 2013! xx

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