Nelson Mandela genuinely believed in South Africa's unlimited potential to be a place where people of all kinds could come together, and he strove his entire life to make that dream a reality. In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1993, he said, "We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa, will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born." Today, in honor of Nelson #MandelaDay and the 100th anniversary of his birth, the #BDTeam celebrates the beauty and diversity of South Africa and commits to continuing to work to make the world a place Mandela would be proud of. (📷: @emmett_sparling 📍: Cape Town, Western Cape)
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Chilling in a local hot-pot near Varmahlid, Iceland with some new friends (two polish, one Swiss, one Swed). —————————————————
The idea of traveling solo has utterly terrified me for the majority of my life. So in 2016, with the encouragement of a friend (I now call my fiancé), i made the decision to stop talking and start doing regardless of the fear-factor. So I set out on my first solo journey, to Iceland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I learned an amazing amount about myself, the kindness of strangers, that I can’t sing like every artist on the radio no matter how badly I wanted. One of the beauties of traveling solo is the need to put yourself out there. And for this introvert, that is not easy...but I’m doing it anyway. ——————————————————
❓What is your biggest fear traveling solo? Talking to strangers? Eating alone? Getting lost? ✔️ Tag a friend below and comment what your fear...that way, your friend and I can both cheer you on!
To live is to travel and to travel is to live…
Looking back, I feel so blessed to have been able to travel to so many amazing places over the last year (14 months to be exact)! #alhamdulillah
Having been an Indian but born and raised in Saudi Arabia meant I got to savor and treasure travel from pretty early on. As any third culture kid knows, travel is an essential part of life. Nomad for life I guess.
Hope you guys enjoyed the instastories!
From top left to right:
1.Rochester, New York - home base for the last 5 years
2.Dubai, UAE - Burj Khalifa, malls, Atlantis
3.Zanzibar, Tanzania - Rahima’s wedding, beaches
4.Aligarh, India - grandma
5.Iceland - northern lights, hiking, adventures
6.Toronto, Canada - taking dad around
7.Washington DC - multiple trips to my second home with these two
8.Atlantis, Bahamas - swimming with a dolphin (dream come true!)
9.Disney World, Florida - need I say more?
10.San Franciso, California - fell in love with this city
11.Mexico City, Mexico - adventuring through town
12.Cancun, Mexico - beautiful beaches and parasailing
13.Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Eid with the family
14.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - visiting my sister and exploring
15.Phuket, Thailand - beaches! Island hopping! Snorkeling!
16.Singapore - Art Science Museum
17.Houston, Texas - Asra’s big wedding
18.Watkins Glen, New York - walking through the gorges
One of the largest unpopulated areas in Europe, the Icelandic Highlands offers glaciers, volcanoes, mountains, geothermal pools, waterfalls, and hot springs, among others.
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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is probably the most dynamic location you can find in Iceland. Icebergs calf of Breiðármerkjujökull outlet glacier into the lagoon where the start melting and eventually end up being pulled out to the ocean. Tonight we had periods of almost no wind and thats when the reflections get good. Shot with the Pentax 645z and the 45-85mm zoom lens which is quite amazing given the fact it was designed for film and not a 50MP sensor. #iceland#southeasticeland#glaciers#lagoon#blue#ourplanetdaily#moodygrams#bestplacestogo#pentax#645z