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So long Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa


It's Monday 2nd March and I am officially a traveller, albeit a very emotional one, and my epic journey from Cape Town to Cardiff is under way. No amount of preparation, both physically and mentally, could have prepared me for the last two days.

Sunday was the day I closed my rucksack, my entire existence reduced into an 85 litre bag that will serve as my everything for the coming months. Zipping the bag was my declaration that I was ready, or at least that is what I thought - what followed was a day full of emotions and tears. Saying so long to those closest to you is not easy, even if you know you will see them all again after the trip, and left me feeling exhausted and ready to just be on the road.

However, once on the road I wanted to be anywhere but there. The opening leg of my journey was a 12-hour Baz Bus journey from Cape Town to Storms River, which was spent going through the emotional mill once again, only this time knowing I was truly on my own. It seems weird, but for so long I have wanted to do this trip alone, yet all I craved today was the company of a familiar face, the touch of a familiar hand and the reassurance of a warm smile. Instead I armed myself with Hunter S Thompson's Hell's Angels and tried to loose myself in a world a million Miles from mine.

Suffice to say when I got to Dijemba Backpackers in Storms River I was ready for a cold beer by the open fire, the place I feel most at home. There is something about a camp fire that is magical, watching the flames flickering in the gentle breeze as my worries slowly eased away. I was prepared for a few rough days, so whilst feeling relaxed I expected a few more emotional swings until I finally settle into my new life.

permalink written by  MarcusInAfrica on March 2, 2009 from Cape Town, South Africa
from the travel blog: Cape to Cardiff
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your on your way - no turning back - a year of wonder and excitement ahead of you - many would be very envious - many would say your crazy - I just say ' i am proud of you for following your dreams'

Enjoy every minute of it - you wont be the same person to finish the trip as you were when you started - what an incredible opportunity.

Hugs n kiss's

Mum xxxx

permalink written by  Jayne Leach on March 5, 2009


Hi Marcus

Wishing you a safe and exhilarating journey through Africa and Europe. We will be watching your progress.

Warm wishes
Your neighbours at Bramber Court.

permalink written by  dhenning on March 11, 2009


Hi Marcus

Wishing you a safe and exhilarating journey through Africa and Europe. We will be watching your progress.

Warm wishes
Your neighbours at Bramber Court.

permalink written by  dhenning on March 11, 2009

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