Hey lovely friends,

I am here with some news from J-Bay. Yes, I am still here.

(German version here, as always ;))

Before you start wondering why I am still here and if I might decide to travel South Africa this time, I want to explain myself to you quickly.

No I didn’t plan to go somewhere else, I just came here to relax and enjoy a few weeks of holiday between my work in France. So that is why I am still here and will stay here for the two and a bit more weeks I have left.

As mentioned in my post this Monday long-term travel has its downsides as well and now, after traveling more or less for four years straight, I feel like a little break.

It’s not that I want to stop traveling, it’s more that I get tired of going to different places every day. I feel like I need something constant in my life right now and this place seems to be able to give that to me.

I have all I want here. The beach. People I care about. Waves. Fun. And more.

Of cause, there will come the time again, when I long for adventure, exploring and seeing different places. But for now, for this “trip” it feels best for me to just enjoy my time here.

However, although I’ve already been here and know most of this wonderful place, there are still cool things happening.

In addition, it is the most normal thing in life that it isn’t exciting all the time. No matter how much you travel and explore, we all have those times where just ordinary things happen. But that doesn’t mean they are less awesome, right?

So, let me tell you what I have experienced the past couple weeks.

First and very unfortunately, winter swell fades and we had a few lay days here. Though once swell hit the bay I was surfing all day and this time I really enjoyed the beach break here. It’s a faster, steeper breaking wave and it is a left. I had so much fun and improved a lot, at least in my opinion.

Besides that, I spend a lot of time with the friend I came here, we tanned, cause yes, it finally got hot after we almost froze to death. We also took pictures which was a lot of fun.

I did more arts. For those that haven’t read my travel diary when I was here the last time, one of the surf instructors here asked me to make the surf shack pretty, so I decorated it with shells and stuff. I continued that and painted a little bit. Also, me and one of the drivers at Island Vibe started to craft little faces of all the staff out of shells. It was so fun.

It’s all about doing the little things you never have time, or don’t make time for, when at home.

Lastly and most excitingly I went to the kindergarten in the town ships with my friend.

I am not quite sure if I have told you already but she is volunteering there and helps take care of the kinds. So, as the there weren’t any waves I decided, why not, take the opportunity to experience some localism and do good.

When we first arrived and all the kids saw me they were are so excited and running at me screaming “Dani, Dani”, which means something like aunty in Afrikaans. The whole time I was in the kindergarten they wouldn’t stop touching me, hugging me or playing with my watch. It fills out my heart to see how much they love it for you to just be there.

You are so special for them they give you all their attention. They want to sit on your lap and play with you. I haven’t seen anything cuter in a long time.

Our work there included helping them eat, brush teeth and play with them. I did a little dance workout which everyone loved and the rest we just cuddled and played.

After that though, I have to admit, I was really tired and I my friend has my biggest respect for doing this every day. I couldn’t. However, it was a great experience and I am very glad I took that opportunity.

The rest of this week I spend some more time tanning, surfing and taking photos. The usual you know. But I can’t say it often enough, I really enjoy it.

I also still use the time to keep crushing it, I write and read every day, I learn new things and have a lot of time and experiences to work on myself and improve.

There’s really nothing I can complain about or would want more right now.

That said, I can’t wait for the next two and weeks. I’m sure there are a lot of experiences and adventures still waiting for me. Hopefully some good waves as well.

Though about all that is going to happen I will keep you posted either on my Instagram or Facebook our you can come back in two weeks for another travel diary.

So far I hope you enjoy your time, wherever you are and live the life you want to live.

If you have any struggles though, need inspiration or travel advice, feel free to browse through my page, there is a lot of helpful stuff to find. And to make it easier for you I also handpicked some of my most popular posts, which I am sure you’ll love. So, have a look ;):

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See you Monday.


Have you travelled long-term before? How was it for you?

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