One of the top tips of our talk at the Adventure Show was “Be true to the original reason for your adventure”
As we started our trek northwards, we realised we had slipped into a routine. Focussing on our need to reach Nordkapp, we packed up each morning: frozen fingers trying hard to close wet zippers on rooftop tents, grabbing a quick cuppa and a rusk before jumping into the cold vehicle and driving towards the next planned destination. Arriving in the afternoon at the next campsite, we would end up in the indoor cooking area cooking our meal out of the cold. This was followed by a hastily gobbled dinner outdoors (we are camping afterall) before heading back into the warmth of a common room to plan our next campsite, catch up online and play cards or backgammon. And lastly, braving the near freezing temperatures, we climbed into the rooftop tent and hoped for a dry night so that the tent wouldn’t be wet in the morning.
It was after a lunch of baked beans one day, huddled behind the vehicle over the stove that we just looked at ourselves.
This wasn’t what our dream was about.
Here we were, boot camp style, going through the motions day after day in the same automoton manner that I feel my last months in corporate work were. Reluctantly. Obediently. Waiting for it to pass. There was no stopping to take photos, no stopping to see sites, no exploring. Just driving.
So, we had a family conference in the car on the side of the road: do we follow our heads and endure 10 more days with temperatures dropping steadily just so that we can reach Nordkapp for the official start of our adventure – or do we follow our hearts, and head for the warmth and sun of Africa to explore, the real reason for our adventure?
We turned westwards instead of continuing northwards, and headed for Oslo. Nordkapp will be our Summer adventure later – with long days, and ‘warm’ temperatures.
So, we arrived unannounced and a few weeks early at Viking Explorer’s sister’s doorstep: cold, damp and desperate for indoors. We were greeted with open arms, huge smiles, and lots of cuddles from the nieces.
As it turns out, this is probably wise. Today, it was 2C and snow … wet, cold snow. Too scared to think what 1,500km north in 5 days will look like …
Until next time
African Arctic GirlChild