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People you met in a day: Friends for Life

Throughout all the tours I’ve been to in my life, whether it be multi day tours or mostly 1 day tours, I’ve never really been very much connected to the other travellers on board.

Recently I’ve been coming across this saying where one meets people on the road just for a day, and they become friends for life. I wonder if that is really possible, considering you split up after a day and go about your own itineraries. That was not till my trip to Slovenia πŸ™‚

Slovenia-50I ended up jumping into crystal clear blue waters of the Soca Valley gorge with the strangers in my fellow tour group and it was wonderful!

The water may not look it but the current was strong, and it was 10 degrees cold. For someone who’s used to tropical weather, may I just ascertain again that that was freezing for me!

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Say hi to my beautiful friends I made when we were all freaking out from just jumping 8 metres, (for most of us our first time jumping from any cliff..ahem yours truly). It was a day after walking tons of miles on trails in the Triglav National Park, chasing waterfalls and sweating madly in the summer heat. The waters were crazy cold and I kept falling over the slippery rocks, but the experience was unimaginable and I suddenly got the understanding why Slovenians practically jump off and swim in any lake possible during the summer πŸ™‚

Me staring into some kind of abyss

Me staring into some kind of abyss

So that was the area we all jumped off from, its definitely not some kind of exhilarating height, but it was enough for me as a first timer! Too awesome that I am definitely looking for jumping opportunities wherever I go now πŸ™‚

It was probably the whole atmosphere of gaining courage, supporting one another and rush of adrenaline which led us to becoming fast friends after that. We ended up with drinks at the end of the night and still keep in touch till this very day x

The Lizard: The Peninsular Unknown

Lizard… where do I even begin. This place is wonderous! An unexpected gem situated at the southern tip of Cornwall, in Southern England. During my research for this trip I merely knew the more popular attractions of the Minack Theatre and other southern tip, Land’s End. I came across this place called the Lizard , and the images online were beautiful, but nothing quite clearly prepared me for the place in reality!

Walking along the coastline

Walking along the coastline

We arrived on a clear sunny(lucky) extremely blustery morning and started off our walk along the coastal part of this peninsular. Word has it that the place is called Lizard due to the rocks being composed of serpentinite. I am not a big fan of the animal itself.

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Our path took us inland too,across meandering small trails suitable for any hiker of any level. I was very envious of people who lived in the town and had this in their own backyard! Imagine morning or sunset walks!! I especially loved wandering inland for a bit, it took us away from the biting cold winds even in the spring of May, and gave us a chance to enjoy the greenery without having to flick our hair away from our faces every 5 seconds.

This particular stretch made me think of Lord of the Rings, of course it is not as magnificient as New Zealand, but perhaps it could pass off as the flatlands or grasslands of Rohan? πŸ™‚ Nonetheless, I was a happy city girl stumbling along the grasses, loving the fresh air and nature in my surroundings for a change. Sometimes, cities and skyscrapers can be absolutely suffocating.

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Scraggly rocks and the sea

Scraggly rocks and the sea

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Can someone actually jump up and down for joy at the sight of such green?! I wished I was one of the many dogs for many a moment, able to run free and sniff the beautiful air, wrestling their bellies against the lush green grass and bushes.

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Another of my favourite pictures from the region, the stairways to heaven, I name it in my head. This was a stairway that we had wandered down earlier, travelling inland away from the coast. On our journey back, we climbed back up this particular flight and my face turned toward the sunlight, its rays flaying on the grass at the sides. The stairs paved the way to a higher place which crested the top of a hill and led us to the coast yet again. Β It was like the breath of inland before entering the battle of the winds.

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Though it may not look it, the winds that morning were at least 50mph. It was still the best place in Cornwall and it ranked top amongst all our votes. Definitely recommend it to anyone who’s heading down to Cornwall! More of lizard photos on my photostream.