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Only three more days remain until I am headed to Durban to see family briefly for a pre-christmas farewell before beginning my travels to Mozambique up north. I still have no clue as to how precisely I will be getting from Durban to Maputo, much less what I will do when I get there. But you know what? I feel nothing but excitement.

Besides having to be in Maputo on the night of 27 Dec to meet with fellow travellers who I will be joining up with after Christmas,  the entire trip is open and the time up until the 27th consists of nothing more than me alone and no definite plans.  At this point, I am itching to go. My bag is almost completely packed, motivated by little more than nervous energy and a desire to do something, anything to make Friday come a little faster.

There are few times in your life that you are lucky enough to be able to know in advance when everything you are familiar with is about to be swept away and replaced by something new and exciting

For those who are unfamiliar with the overall plan at this point, I will be travelling somewhere in Mozambique until 27 Dec when travelling companions will be arriving in Maputo and we will jointly be exploring some of the southern coastal towns. The plan, for my part, is to perhaps try to enter Mozambique via Northern KwaZulu Natal or Swaziland, depending on the likely availability and cost of transport to those points and to Maputo from there. Once in Mozambique, I have no fixed route until the 27th and will likely make it up as I go along.

It seems surreal that only a year ago, I was in Laos, exploring a different world completely. And that now I am standing again on the cusp of an adventure, that feeling of being about to do something, about which I know nothing except that it will challenge me to grow and learn, and that I will come to value these days with the same precious wistfulness that previous travels elicit from me. There are few times in your life that you are lucky enough to be able to know in advance when everything you are familiar with is about to be swept away and replaced by something new and exciting. This is one of those times.

For those of you who have been following this blog so far – I promise to write daily updates from the 19th, to keep you abreast of where I am and what I have been up to. Your encouragement has added fuel to what is an already unbearably exciting fire. The least I can do is send you a decent account of the journey.  With pictures.