You have learned about it since preschool. You have studied its exotic animals, and at some point in your life one of those animals was probably your favorite. You have seen countless movies shot there. But did you ever think of actually going there yourself going to Africa?
I remember learning about Africa in so many different classes, science, cultural, history, religion, English, basically every class – even math (metric conversions)*.
I never dreamed I would. I can’t explain how I think of other places. It is difficult, but I’ll try to put it in words.
To me, many of the countries I’ve learned about in my life are like learning history. It sounds like an extremely amazing place and time, I dream what it would be like to live there. I’ve read countless books and retained tons of information but it almost feels as if my imagination created this continent, that it is not really tangible and though it is awesome to learn about, I will never really go there.
I’ve basically left it at that my whole life. I felt blessed that I had the opportunity to fly to Mexico during my sophomore year at Metro State. I was so excited to even leave the country to experience a different culture (even though it was fairly touristy).
Then, back in mid-April I received a phone call from my Uncle who is on team USA for the cruzer BMX world cup races taking place in South Africa. He asked if I would like to tag a long. Um… YEAH! What an experience this has already been. So surreal that I can hardly believe I’m here. Though I am spending a lot of time around BMX bikers (who all are really great people) I am still in AFRICA.
We flew in last Thursday and spent Friday-Sunday at the Tala Wild Game Reserve right outside of Pietermaritzburg. The reserve does not have Lions or Elephants, but they had a ton of other animals and amazing plants. Here are just a few of what we saw.
*(And for a side note, when traveling to metric countries, always bring a engineer – they do the math for you 🙂 – worked for me in Mexico and Africa!)
Tongue Action. Wouldn't that be AWESOME to have that power?
Bird of Prey .... I'll get the name for him later, I can't remember.
Mama and baby Giraffe's
This rhino is a teen (and you could tell because she was eating away)! She was about 5 feet from our jeep. At least my Uncle was on the closer side so he would be the first to go if she got hormonal.