Travel Stories with Luc #2

Hello everyone! I’m Gab, and I’m delighted to welcome you to my blog, where I will share with you a series of stories and anecdotes from my travels with my good friend Luc. Each entry in this blog is a passage to a different corner of the world, a window to unique experiences and unforgettable moments we have lived together.

Luc and I have traveled roads less traveled, faced unexpected challenges and discovered hidden gems in places many only dream of going to. From bungee jumps in breathtaking landscapes to close encounters with wildlife, our adventures have been as varied as the countries we have visited.

Through this blog, I want to take you along with us on each trip, sharing the laughs, the lessons learned and the amazing landscapes we’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Be prepared for stories that range from hilarious to inspiring, and I hope that through our experiences, you can feel a bit of the magic of travel.

So settle in and get ready for an adventure through my memories with Luc, where every story is a new discovery!

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Bungee jumping in South Africa

This image captures that moment of anticipation and excitement just before the jump, with breathtaking scenery in the background.

If there’s one thing that has always appealed to me, it’s the adrenaline rush of challenging my own limits. And that’s exactly what Luc and I did in South Africa, on one of the most iconic bungee jumping bridges in the world.

Our adventure began with a mixture of nervousness and excitement. As we approached the bridge, we could see it stretching out before us, a steel giant suspended in the air. The scenery was breathtaking: mountains in the distance, the river meandering below. It was the perfect setting for an experience we knew would be unforgettable.

Luc, always the bravest, was the first to jump. His scream of elation mingled with the wind as he plummeted towards the river, only to be stopped at the last second by the bungee cord. Watching him bounce back with a grin from ear to ear gave me the courage I needed.

My turn came. As I stood on the edge, looking into the abyss, I felt a rush of emotions. But as soon as I jumped, it all disappeared. All that remained was the pure thrill of free falling, the wind whipping my face, and a sense of absolute freedom. When the rope made me bounce, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud – we had conquered the jump!

This experience was more than just a bungee jump; it was a life lesson. It taught us to trust, to let go of our fears and to embrace uncertainty. Every time I think about that day, I feel a surge of pride and a burning desire to keep exploring and facing new challenges.

And so, Luc and I added another epic story to our adventure book. South Africa not only gave us a breathtaking view and a dose of adrenaline, but also memories that we will always carry in our adventurous hearts.

Elephant territorial battles in South Africa

This illustration shows the intense battle between two elephants in the magnificent landscape of the African sunset, capturing both their strength and the beauty of their surroundings.

On our trip through South Africa, Luc and I were fortunate to witness one of nature’s most impressive spectacles: a territorial battle between elephants. These giants, known for their intelligence and complex emotions, are also creatures of incredible strength and power.

We were on safari at dusk when our guide pointed out a commotion in the distance. There, two male elephants were in full confrontation. It was a dance of power and dominance, where every movement resonated with the force of the earth itself.

Luc, with his camera in hand, captured every moment. The elephants, with their tusks interlocked, pushed and pulled in an attempt to demonstrate their superiority. Despite the intensity of the moment, there was a sense of mutual respect in their struggle.

This confrontation was not only physical, but also a ritual, an important part of elephant society. Seeing them in their natural environment, interacting in this way, was a reminder of how complex and sophisticated the animal world is.

The battle ended as suddenly as it began, with one of the elephants giving way and walking away. Luc and I stood in silence, in awe of the experience. It was a moment that reminded us of the importance of conservation and respect for these magnificent creatures.

Nature has its own rules and rituals, and witnessing this event was humbling and awe-inspiring. These battles, though fierce, are an essential part of elephant life, and to have witnessed them was a privilege we will always remember.

Sea Lions and the Loser Beach in California

This illustration captures the tranquility and beauty of the place, showing the sea lions in their natural, relaxed environment.

One of the most memorable moments Luc and I experienced in California was undoubtedly our encounter with the sea lions at Loser Beach. Yes, you read that right, “Loser Beach”! This curious name intrigued us from the start and we soon discovered why it is such a special place.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the distinctive sound of sea lions: a mixture of grunts, honks and sounds that resembled laughter. The beach was full of these magnificent animals, lounging in the sand, playing in the water and interacting with each other in ways we had never seen before.

Luc, with his unerring eye for photography, captured breathtaking scenes: sea lions basking in the sun, playful pups and some growling amicably at each other. It was a scene of wildlife in its purest and most authentic form.

What makes Loser’s Beach unique is that it is a refuge for sea lions that have been injured, sick or, in some cases, simply ‘losers’ in disputes over territory or mates. This place gives them a second chance, a sanctuary where they can recover and live in peace.

Being so close to these animals was a humbling and educational experience. It taught us about the importance of marine conservation and respect for all creatures, large and small. Loser Beach is not just a home for sea lions; it is a reminder of the resilience and beauty of nature.

As we drove away from the beach at sunset, with the sound of the sea lions still echoing in our ears, Luc and I knew this was a place and an experience we would carry with us forever.

Luc’s experience in Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands

This illustration combines the tropical beauty of Mauritius with the rustic tranquility of the Rodrigues Islands, highlighting the connection of nature and giant tortoises.

While I was adventuring in other lands, Luc undertook a trip on his own to two jewels of the Indian Ocean: Mauritius and the Rodrigues Islands. Through his stories and photos, I was able to vicariously live his fascinating adventure, and now I want to share with you some of the highlights.

Mauritius, with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, was a paradise for the senses. Luc was enchanted by the hospitality of the local people and the rich cultural mix reflected in its cuisine, music and art. His days were filled with exploration: diving on coral reefs, hiking through lush landscapes and, of course, relaxing on idyllic beaches.

But it was on the Rodrigues Islands where Luc found an even deeper connection with nature. Lesser known and more remote, this small island offered him an authentic and tranquil experience. Here, Luc immersed himself in local life, enjoying the simplicity and serenity of the island. He marveled at the diversity of flora and fauna, and ventured into caves and along trails that revealed breathtaking views.

One of the most meaningful experiences for Luc was his encounter with giant tortoises at a conservation sanctuary. These majestic creatures, silent witnesses of centuries, left a deep impression on him about the importance of protecting the environment.

Luc returned from his trip with a new perspective and a lot of fascinating stories. Through his eyes, Mauritius and the Rodrigues Islands are not just tourist destinations, but places where beauty, culture and nature coexist in perfect harmony.

Zimbabwe and the deadly elephant march

This illustration captures the majesty of the herd moving across the African savannah, highlighting both their grandeur and the challenges they face in their habitat.

Our trip through Africa took us to Zimbabwe, a country of breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary wildlife. But it was one specific encounter that left an indelible mark on Luc and me: the march of a herd of elephants, an event as majestic as it was dangerous.

It was a sunny day when our guide took us to a region known to be elephant territory. As we explored, the tranquility was broken by the sound of breaking branches. Suddenly, in front of us, a herd of elephants appeared, marching with determination.

The herd, led by an imposing matriarch, moved forward with surprising grace for its size. Their huge bodies moved in perfect synchrony, creating a hypnotic spectacle. Luc, camera at the ready, captured every moment, though keeping a safe distance.

But the beauty of the scene had a somber side. Our guide explained that this march was part of a forced migration due to habitat loss and competition for resources. The struggle for survival had driven these magnificent animals into more populated territories, increasing the risk of conflict with humans.

This encounter with elephants was a reminder of the fragility of the natural balance. The name “death march” alluded not only to the danger these animals pose when they feel threatened, but also to the danger they face from human activities.

As we walked away from the herd, Luc and I reflected on the human impact on the natural world. Zimbabwe offered us a lesson in respect and coexistence, and led us to become even more committed to wildlife conservation.

Victoria Falls is so beautiful

This illustration captures the majesty and breathtaking beauty of the falls, with cascading water and rainbows in the mist, reflecting the awe-inspiring experience of this wonderful place.

Visiting Victoria Falls was an experience Luc and I will never forget. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these falls are a breathtaking spectacle of nature.

From the moment we heard the roar of the water and saw the mist rising in the distance, we knew we were about to witness something extraordinary. As we approached, the sight was simply majestic: millions of liters of water tumbling down a 108-meter-high cliff, creating a permanent rainbow that danced in the mist.

Luc, with his characteristic enthusiasm, was determined to capture every possible angle with his camera. And no wonder; each vantage point offered a different and more impressive perspective of the falls. The thundering sound of the water, the coolness of the mist and the breathtaking view made us feel small in the face of such grandeur.

But Victoria Falls was not just a visual spectacle. The place was steeped in local stories and legends, giving us a window into the culture and traditions of the region. The energy of the place was palpable, as if the falls themselves were alive and telling their own story through time.

As we walked the trails and bridges near the falls, each step revealed a new wonder. We were completely absorbed by the beauty and power of this natural wonder, a true jewel of Africa.

At the end of the day, as the sun was setting and the sky was tinged with color, Luc and I sat in silence, simply contemplating. Victoria Falls was not just a tourist destination; it was a transformative experience, a reminder of the magnificence and beauty of our planet.

Luc’s life-changing experience in Ethiopia

This illustration combines the cultural richness of Ethiopia, showing the rock-cut churches of Lalibela and a vivid depiction of the Hamer tribe, with the country's stunning landscapes in the background.

Luc’s adventure in Ethiopia was more than just a journey; it was a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Ethiopia, with its rich history, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, offered Luc a life-changing experience in ways he never imagined.

Luc began his journey in Lalibela, famous for its rock-hewn churches dating back to the 12th century. The spirituality of the place moved him deeply. Walking among these ancient structures, he felt a connection to the past and a deep admiration for the resilience and faith of the people who built them.

But it was his encounter with the Hamer tribe in the Omo Valley that left the most lasting mark on Luc. Participating in a traditional ceremony, observing their rituals and sharing moments with the community opened his eyes to a completely different way of life. He learned about their traditions, their connection to the land and their focus on community and family.

This encounter was more than just a cultural exchange; it was a lesson in humility and humanity. Luc saw himself and the world in a different way. Ethiopia showed him the beauty in simplicity, the strength in community and the richness in traditions.

Upon his return, Luc shared with me not only stories and photographs, but also a new perspective on life. Ethiopia had not only changed the way he saw the world, but had also touched his heart in a way he would never forget.

I want to visit the cradle of mankind Ethiopia

This illustration captures the beauty of Ethiopian landscapes and the historical and anthropological elements that make this country so significant.

After hearing about Luc’s experiences in Ethiopia, my desire to visit this country has grown tremendously. Ethiopia is not just a destination; it is a journey to the very origin of humanity. As the cradle of ancient hominids and home to some of the world’s most important fossil finds, Ethiopia represents a unique connection to our deepest roots.

My interest is not only historical or scientific; it is also deeply personal and spiritual. Ethiopia, with its landscapes that seem to be taken from the world’s first dawn, its ancestral communities and its rich cultural tapestry, offers a window into the past and a mirror where we can see ourselves in our most primitive and authentic state.

I want to walk through the lands where our first ancestors took their first steps. To imagine life at the dawn of humanity in the Rift Valley, to feel the living history in the churches of Lalibela and in ancient cities like Aksum. I want to experience the diversity of its cultures, each with its unique traditions, languages and ways of life, which are a testimony to the rich human history that has unfolded on this soil.

Visiting Ethiopia is, in many ways, a pilgrimage. It is to seek to understand not only where we come from, but also what it means to be human in its purest form. The story of Ethiopia is not just the story of a country, but the story of all of us, and it is a story I am eager to explore and experience for myself.

Arar, Poetry and Hyenas

This illustration shows a poetic recital in the open air, with the surprising and peaceful presence of hyenas among the people, capturing the essence of this city where art, humanity and nature intertwine in an extraordinary and harmonious way.

On my dream trip to Ethiopia, one of the must-see stops is Arar, a city that I’ve heard uniquely fuses poetry with nature. Arar is not only known for its vibrant poetry scene, but also for its peculiar relationship with hyenas, making it a place where culture and wildlife coexist in unexpected ways.

I imagine walking the streets of Arar, where every corner brims with stories told through verse. Poetry here is more than words; it is a language of the soul that captures the essence of Ethiopian life, love, struggles and beauty. I find myself immersing myself in outdoor recitals, where local poets share their works, each a vibrant thread in the city’s cultural tapestry.

But what really sets Arar apart is its unique relationship with hyenas. As night falls, these often misunderstood and feared creatures emerge from the darkness. Far from being a threat, in Arar, hyenas are part of everyday life, respected and even fed by the locals. This symbiotic coexistence is a fascinating example of the interaction between humans and nature.

To see the hyenas roaming the streets under the moon, while the words of the poets still echo in the air, would be a surreal and deeply moving experience. For me, Arar symbolizes a place where the boundaries between the wild and the civilized are blurred, where art and nature dialogue in a mysterious and beautiful language.

Visiting Arar would be not only a geographical journey, but also a journey to the heart of a culture that challenges our perceptions and invites us to look at the world with new eyes.

The Sondzela Lodge in Eswatini (Swaziland)

This illustration captures the harmony of the lodge with its natural surroundings, showing the lodge's rustic architecture, lush vegetation and the presence of wildlife such as antelopes and zebras.

One of the destinations on my bucket list is Sondzela Lodge in Eswatini, a place that promises to be a haven of tranquility and connection with nature. Located in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary reserve, Sondzela Lodge offers an immersive experience in the heart of Africa.

I imagine my arrival at the lodge, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, rolling hills and an abundance of wildlife. Sondzela Lodge, known for its hospitality and welcoming atmosphere, would be the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the world and immerse myself in the serenity of the natural environment.

What attracts me most to Sondzela Lodge is its proximity to wildlife. Being able to observe animals in their natural habitat, from antelopes to zebras and a variety of birds, would be a fascinating experience. I imagine waking up to the sound of nature, sipping my morning coffee while watching the African sunrise and spending my days exploring the reserve’s trails.

In addition, Eswatini is a country with a rich culture and traditions. I would take the opportunity to learn more about local history and customs, visit craft markets and participate in cultural events, which would add an enriching dimension to my stay at Sondzela Lodge.

In the evening, after a day of exploration and discovery, I would relax at the lodge, sharing stories with other travelers around a campfire. It would be the perfect time to reflect on the wonders of Eswatini and the beauty this corner of the world has to offer.

Sondzela Lodge would not just be a place to stay; it would be a gateway to adventure, discovery and inner peace, a haven where the beauty of Africa is evident in every corner.


As this journey through the pages of my blog comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the incredible experiences I have shared with you. From bungee jumping in South Africa to intimate encounters with nature and culture in Ethiopia, each story has been a chapter in an exciting book that I am still writing.

Luc’s and my own adventures are not just memories; they are life lessons that have taught us about courage, humility, beauty and the power of connecting with different cultures and environments. We have learned to appreciate every moment, every landscape and every person we have encountered along the way.

This blog is not just a travelogue; it is a testament to the wonderful diversity of our world and a reminder of how much there is left to explore and discover. Each destination has left an indelible mark on our being, broadening our understanding of the world and ourselves.

In sharing these stories, I hope I have inspired in you a sense of adventure and curiosity. Perhaps, by reading my words, you will be encouraged to embark on your own journeys, to seek out your own transformative experiences, and to write your own unforgettable chapters.

Although this blog comes to its conclusion, Luc’s and my journey continues. We will continue to seek new adventures, new horizons to explore and new stories to tell. Because, in the end, life is a journey, and every step we take is an opportunity to learn, grow and live fully.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Until the next adventure.

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