De Addis Abeba a Ciudad del Cabo (From Addis Ababa to Cape Town)

Now for the English version
November 20, 2011, 5:14 pm
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Hi – welcome to the first English entry on our African adventure travel blog. Alberto’s been writing away on this thing for a while now so if you’re keen to practise your Spanish, have a read – you might even learn something about the pros and cons of choosing the right travel insurance (can you tell someone finished work 2 weeks ago and has a lot more time on his hands?) – but I’m only getting round to it now.

Well, after just over 10 years in London, in just 10 days’ time, I’ll be leaving with Alberto to start our 13,000km adventure back to Cape Town, where the next adventure of setting up our lives there will start.

The boxes with our possessions have been packed and should be on their way to SA, my backpack is ready and waiting for me in the corner of the room, we have one way tickets to Addis Ababa and visas for Ethiopia and Kenya, Alberto has his SA temporary resident’s visa, I have just 5 days left of work and I’m saying goodbye to friends not knowing when I’ll see them again, and it’s still not quite sunk in that I will soon be leaving. I’m guessing that once we’re on that plane to Addis, it might just hit me.

I’ve had mixed feelings about leaving (although it’s been a plan of mine for the last 8 or so years!), and when I got back from travelling in September 2010, I was only supposed to be staying for a few more months before going home for good, but as most of you know, my plans kind of changed again :-p But this time it’s for real.

Our trip starts in Ethiopia before we head on to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and then home by mid-end April. Some interesting times are ahead, for sure.


So, soon it’ll be goodbye to London – thanks for the last ten years, they’ve definitely been emotional. There’ve been lots of highs (special and hopefully lasting friendships; long, but never enough, summer days; secret hideaways and discoveries amongst the maze of busy city streets and opportunities to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world), as well as quite a few lows but hey, I like to think that they’re all part of how I got to where I am now.

The next few months aren’t going to be easy, I realise that – the bad days are going to be tough but the good days are going to be amazing and will make up for the bad ones – but I’m ready. And I don’t take for granted that I’ll be starting this next part of my life with someone who’s as excited (actually more so) and enthusiastic about this challenge as me and that’s all I need.

Keep checking in if you want to follow us on our route back to SA.

In the recent words of one of my heroes, ‘we all go back to where we belong’ so we’ll see how that turns out.

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I’m so excited for you guys!!! Best of luck with the trip & I will definitely be following your travels… Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Georgia

SOUNDS wonderful simone. great reading your blog (before leaving london) i know how you feel, i went through the same thing 10 years ago when i got ready to leave. i look forward to reading the updates and wish you both the best of luck with your trip and many adventures ahead. mum often asks after you and how you are getting on. you were lucky you came to chch when you did – so much has changed due to the earthquakes, 4 major ones since 4 sep 10. good luck little one, much love sarah, mother, bonnie and coco xoxoox

Comment by sarah grant (nz kiwi)

Wow Simone!!! I’m so jealous!! You guys are beyond priviliged to be able to travel and what better way to share it with someone special! I’m looking forward to your updates! Have a super fantastic trip!!! Be safe!
Looking forward to see you in Cape Town again!

Take care my friend!!


Comment by Ananda

Soooo exciting Simone! Have an amazing time with Alberto and keep us updated…. Will be checking your blog every week! Lots of love and be safe!!! xxxxxx

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