Freedom, independence, adventure, passion and challenge. Those are the six simple words that define my core values, which I worked out when I did a life coaching session exactly 12 months ago. So, it wasn’t hard to decide what I had to do next when I had to decide between my next career move, buying a house and going traveling. I mean how much freedom and passion can you possibly get out of being a home owner? So, anyway to cut a long story short, oe minute I was doing 50h working weeks thinking work was the most important thing in my life and the next minute I was tossing up kayaking in Alaska versus trekking in the Andies when I was booking my round the world fare.
So here I am. 30 years old, resigned from work and 12h away from embarking on a trip of a life time. Around the world in six months. No work, no specific plans, no traveling companions, no alarm clocks. Just me and the unknown. Am I excited? You betcha. Am I scared? You betcha. Will I have the time of my life? You betcha.
Although my itinerary will take me through a lot of exciting places the three things that are the big things for me - I mean the three moments I have dreamt of all my life - are:
1) Kayaking down the bluest fiord contrasted by the whiteness of the ice bergs rising from the sea in Alaska
2) Sitting by a waterhole in the Serengeti watching Zebras sipping water while a hippo is watching them carefully
3) Enjoying a glass of red wine and a freshly baked baguettes at a winery after having climbed the Alp d’huez on my bike
Is it too much to say: I want it all? No, I don’t think so. Life is short and very precious. I have decided to do EVERYTHING I want and pursue my dreams. So this is my dream. I hope you will all enjoy my thoughts that I will put in this blog because that is all they are. The world seen through one pair of eyes.
I welcome your feedback.
Hello World, Here I am.
July 29th 2009
"What do you mean we are going on a road trip with your mum and dad?" It is not an understatement to say that Tom was less than impressed at the idea of sharing a very small confined space with me, my mum and dad for two days whilst driving from Denmark to Italy. A 'short trip' by Australian or American standards of only 1,800km. "Come on Tom, it's free and we get to eat lots of German and Austrian food along the way". I am not sure if any of that really convinced him or whether or not it was the brownie points who thought he might compile if he said yes, but a few weeks later we were both sitting in the back of the car headed South on the German Auto Bahn. "Seat ... read more
July 21st 2009
Forgive me dear friends for the huge delay in updating my blog since I arrived in the UK. I will reward you all for the wait by not writing any long-winded babble like I normally do and instead enlighten you with fantastic pictures of Angkor Wat. Cambodia was the last destination on our SE Asia trip and whilst we only had five days to enjoy the sights it was a truly rewarding trip. For those of you (or maybe that should be singular) that actually enjoys my random babble I can ensure you that my Italy blog will be live tomorrow. So whilst enjoying the spectacular Wat, please stay tuned for more. For those of you not familiar with Angkor Wat: Angkor Wat is a giant temple complex part of the Angkor World Heritage site by ... read more
May 13th 2009
Hectic Hanoi After a whirlwind 12h in Kuala Lumpur where we had a stop over in between our excellent and very cheap Air Asia flights we touched down in Hanoi in Northern Vietnam. Although I have been to a few Asian cities I must admit Hanoi is by far the least Westernised of the lot. The city seems to be a maze of tiny roads where thousands of motorbike criss cross and tut along in what seems to be organised chaos. We walked the streets for hours not seeing any other Westerners and saying our last prayers every time we had to cross the road. Of course there are no zebra crossings so whenever you want to cross, you just hold your breath and step onto the road and magically the thousands of motorbikes seem ... read more
April 11th 2009
I am pleased to say that once again I have been proven wrong. My first impressions of Bali when I visited two years ago were that of a filthy tourist trap and to be honest I was quite reluctant to go back. This time I have been taken back by the variety of the landscape, the turquoise waters, the never-ending Indonesian smiles and the fabulous Indonesian cuisine. Vicki the Blonde Our arrival at Denpassar airport included a classic Vicki "I am not going to be ripped off" moment. I had done some research about getting into town as cheaply as possible which including walking passed the hundreds of shouting and pushing touts outside and turning right to the official taxi stand. So I shuffled Tom, two backpacks and no less than three surfboards in 35 degrees ... read more
May 14th 2007
The other day someone really close to me asked me what my favourite feeling is. This may sound like an odd question but it is actually a really good question. Is it a hot shower on a cold day? Beautiful food when you are really hungry? Seeing loved ones again after being apart? The spring sun on your face after a long winter? To every person the answer would be something different. After thinking long and hard I came up with my answer: It is the moment I step off the plane in a new country about to embark on a new adventure. Not knowing what tomorrow may bring, not knowing where I am going to sleep that night, what interesting people I might meet. What new things I might learn. The new smells and ... read more
January 9th 2007
So you thought you had had the last news from wandering Vicki? Not so at all. Even though I have been back home for nearly four months now, I always intended to make sure that I added my last country on my round the world trip: Thailand. But dont fret, this blog entry will be very short, it is predominately going to be a picture blog. This is mainly due to the fact that I would have told all the best stories by now and also because I dont actually remember what we did! So anyway, have a look at the photos and dream away. Notes from trip (sorry these notes wont make sense to anyone but me!) - Cape Town, Singapore, Bangkok in just 80 hours! Wow am I a world traveller...or should I saw ... read more
November 13th 2006
Its only been 28 hours since I boarded the slow boat from Luang Prabang to Huang Xia. Its like the name "slow boat" means we have been captured in this time capsule where time really does go slower. The boat gently moves up the mighty Mekong River as we pass endless green lush forest hills and only every few hours do we signs of human life: A small village hidden in the hillside, a fisherman rowing his long tail boat wearing the characteristic South East Asian "rice pickers hat". Hours pass by. A buffalo sips some water by the water's edge and looks puzzled at our noisy interruption. Its like the Mekong hypnotises us to following its windy paths through the country just like Laos has bedazzled me. Admittedly I had heard little to nothing about ... read more
October 27th 2006
Although this may be the longest blog so far it is only because the second part of my Africa trip contained more adventure and once in a life time experiences than I have ever experienced in my life. In this blog you will among many other things read about the African rollercoaster, porn parties, how I became a lion whisperer and the scariest moment of my life...let the fun begin! Lake Malawi - week 2 As I sit here on the beach of Lake Malawi and watch the sun's soft and rosy morning light fill the landscape I almost have to pinch myself to ensure that this moment is actually real. I woke up as the first birds started singing up the sun. No one else in the campsite was awake so quitely I went down ... read more
October 20th 2006
It was a hot and humid September morningwhen I was picked up from the Heron Hotel in Nairobi by the bright yellow Absolut Africa truck. Ahead of me awaited 28 days of wild life adventures, campsite bonfires, beautiful beaches and safaris overlanding through five African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe). My home for the next four weeks is a small safari coloured two person tent, my bed a thin thermarest and my vehicle a a big yellow purpose-built truck - complete with sound system, book shelf, lockers and chilly bins. Shortly after boarding the truck I was introduced to my new family: 25 fantastic people - mostly kiwis returning home from their OE in London but also a few Aussies and British. This of course made me the only alien onboard, but luckily I ... read more
September 15th 2006
The Kiwi Invasion When the Germans invaded Denmark in the beginning of World War II the Germans crossed the border and shouted out: “Hands Up You Dumme Dänen” (you should read this with a German accent). Because the country is so small everyone was able to hear them shout and the Danes simply went: “OK” and put the arms up and threw the weapons on the ground. And so Denmark was occupied by the Germans until the end of the war. Oh, I think there were one or two people involved in the resistance but their work never mounted to much. So yes, the Danes have been hassled for giving up without fighting back for years. And they say history repeats itself. So perhaps this explains why I made no resistance when I was invaded by ... read more