Royal Malewane Game Reserve in South Africa

What a difference a day makes!


I woke up at 5:45 am this morning for the game drive, which got us up close and personal with a herd of elephants, a pride of sleeping lions, and two hippos fighting to the death. At some point while driving through the bush behind Royal Malewane–smelling the sweet, herb-y air; taking in the stunning scenery and stark animalism (um, hippos fighting to the death)–I had one of those BC/AD “everything that came before is different from everything that comes after” epiphanies. I would imagine that said epiphanies are embarrassingly, adorably common while in Africa, a land that I’ve never not seen romanticized by travel writers and novelists.


Still, it was a genuine moment, and it helped put to rest a little of the wistfulness I’ve had over the loss of this newest relationship. It was a relationship so new that, if one’s going by the old “Take the amount of time you’ve been with somebody, divide it in two, and that’s how long it will take to get over them” advice, I won’t even have to wait until I’m back in the States to have moved on.  And yet, as has happened with every relationship I’ve had post-30, I genuinely thought that maybe this relationship was the one–that, finally, this time I’d gotten it right.

Do good things really come to those who wait? Or is it a case of: wherever you go, there you are? I think, I hope, it’s a little bit of both.


Where I am right now, both literally and figuratively, is pretty amazing. Once again, I feel hopeful and excited.


I feel lucky.


I feel content.


Africa for the win!


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  1. kermit

    This is why I love reading your blog! You offer so much to your readers, especially those of us who love traveling. I loved your posts chronicling your adventures in New Zealand, so it’s super exciting you’re in Africa. :) Looking forward to more journals on your adventures!
    So sorry to hear about your relationship not working out. Nothing like a trip to Africa to chase the blues away, am I right?

  2. Saby

    Nadine don’t worry :-) relationships end not because of you, mostly because of incompatibility. I happen to be psychic :-) In 2 years you will meet the man of your dreams with whom you will have a beautiful relationship :-) Hold on, it will be great !

  3. Bora

    I’ll have my honeymoon there :) Psychic Sabi, when will I get married :p