“I can’t say that I have always traveled a lot. Before 2015, I had a fear of traveling alone. You never know what will happen and that scared me. I prefered sharing my travels with someone else. But at one point, when I was planning a trip to the UK over Christmas, I couldn’t find a friend that wanted to come along. At that moment I realized: if I spend my life trying to convince people to join me on trips, it’s never gonna work. Why can’t I just do it on my own? So I did. And I found out that the thing I feared is actually one of the great things about traveling: not knowing what or who you’re gonna encounter. I was born in Zimbabwe, but my parents moved to Namibia when I was 12 years old. Moving really opened up my mind, I got to know different cultures and ways of thinking. After high school, I got a spot at a university in Cape Town. I was very hyped up about that. I always wanted to live in an international city. Every day I was meeting someone new from a different place and that was really cool.”

“I’ve mostly traveled through Southern Africa. This year I’d like to travel to at least four African countries: Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania and maybe Mauritius. It’ll probably be weekend trips, since I work full time. Last year, I went to Scandinavia, which was fascinating, since it’s so different from Africa. The way the country operates, the public transport that always works! The differences between African countries are very big too. In my opinion, the richer a country is, the more liberal it tends to be. It’s a broad generalization, but it holds truth. For instance, being gay is not illegal in South Africa, but in other African countries people are more close minded and homosexuality is not okay. Another thing: people are generally more religious in poorer countries. Those countries often see big cities, like Cape Town, as being too open minded for their own good. I think it’s interesting to learn why people think in a certain way, where they come from and how their logic works. I used to be a bit cocky, I always thought I was right. Traveling has forced me to be more tolerant towards other views, and a bit more patient too. Once, I met this communist guy from Argentina. At home, I’d try to avoid communists, since I’m a capitalist myself. This time, I was gonna have to engage with him. In the end, it was quite cool. I learned a lot more about communism. I still don’t necessarily agree with his views, but at least I know more about the logic behind it. And that is valuable, to me.”