17 May 2017

DAY 10-12 // CHINTSA

I have been silent here on the blog for a while for different reason but the main one is that I am working and since I have been back there have been more to do that I could have predicted. Today with so many channels to maintain this one is the one I use when I feel I have the time and passion for it. I will continue with my travel blog since there are a few more places I'd like to share with you from South Africa, there will just not be that much text after the Chinsta post. I will do what I do best, let the pictures speak for themselves. If you want to keep up with me I highly recommend that you follow me on INSTAGRAM



Chintsa

I left the magical forest behind and headed towards the coast and Chinsta. There I stayed two nights since the bus would not leave the following morning of my arrival. After having sunshine for weeks it was refreshing to have a grey sky and moody weather. I think I am too scandinavian for not having seasons, I crave the change. I just wished that the winter in Sweden was shorter and the summer was longer. In Chinsta I once again had my own room, I shared a kitchen and bathroom with two Germans and an American. The American just started traveling at an age of 50 and he told me how he wished he had started sooner, I could tell he too had been bitten by the travel bug. Germans are really everywhere and South Africa seems to be one of those countries you do just likes Swedes go to Thailand. During my hole backpacking I only met two other Swedes, both men and I am wondering why that is. I know a lot of people are afraid of traveling through South Africa but just as anywhere you have to be street smart. In Chinsta my cold got even worse and I decided to just allow myself to take it easy. I did long walks on the beautiful beach and even booked a massage which was wonderful. I took one of my favorite self portraits in Chinsta. I had noticed these black bird flying around and I thought it was beautiful since back home it just common seagulls everywhere. Previously on this trip I have tried to have a concept behind the self portraits but in Chinsta I just felt drained of ideas. So I started jumping and running and in one of the pics it looked like I was taking off I decided that was the one. This made me think of how birds just can go where ever they want in a second and I wished I was one of them. I experienced some sadness during my days in Chinsta and I think that images captures that, me trying to escape the gloomy beach and state of mind. It's a bittersweet thing, this being able to feel so much, I am in a constant love hate relationship with it. I kind of kept to myself in Chinsta, I started feeling a bit socially overdosed after my last stops. I know that is kind of hard to believe when you know me but I spend most of my days normally alone.































24 Mar 2017

BACKPACKING ALONE


My biggest worry while traveling alone from Cape Town to Johannesburg was that I would get lonely, that I would not meet people along the way. But if it's something that I have proven to myself in these weeks it's that when you travel with an open mind and an open heart you will meet people along the way that you connect with. I have a genuine interest in people and I think people can tell that I am authentic. As long as you mean no harm and approaches people with no expectations more than kindness and curiosity in return then you can't be in the wrong. Then there will always be people you don't connect with but if someone is not interested in getting to know me I don't take it personal, I'm not everyone's cup of tea. One of the most beautiful things I was told on this trip was that I am always wearing a smile. Such a small comment but I took it to my heart and I since I believe that life should be about joy and happiness I take it as a sign that I am on the right path. And let's face it, traveling alone is not always a walk in the park but it makes it possible to learn more about yourself, you have time to make that journey inwards that normally might  be pushed away by everyday life.


16 Mar 2017

DAY 7-9 // HOGSBACK // AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES

I left Port Elisabeth early in the morning and arrived in Hogsback in the late afternoon. Hogsback is situated high up on the Amathole mountains of the Eastern Cape Province and it's surrounded by the centuries-old Afro-montane forest. I checked in at Away with the fairies and got a beautiful little cabin that overlooked the mountain. There was a nice vibe from the start at this backpackers and I knew that I was gonna enjoy the two nights I had booked there. Sadly I had gotten a bad cold in The Grags and I wasn't able to hike that much. I did one sunrise hike to The old tree and I could easily understand where the fairy thing comes from. There is something magical about that forest, if you had been there with me as the sun started rising and showering the woods with light you would have understood what I meant. In the evenings there was a campfire that we all gathered around. I met some cool Australians and another Swede who is also traveling alone. I can highly recommend both this area and this place. If you go there you must try their pizza, it's multo delicato and of course take a bath in probably the most famous bathtub on instagram.