The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Sara talks about her journey to Egypt and Mozambique this year and her family’s holiday traditions.
This year I had the opportunity to travel through Egypt and experience the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches off the coast of Mozambique. In Egypt, we sailed down the mighty Nile in awe of how such incredible structures have withstood the test of time and tried our hand at deciphering hieroglyphics with the help of our guide, and now friend, Hany.
In Mozambique we explored the Islands of Vamizi, Ibo and Qulilea, taking in the endless ocean views, marveling at the beauty of reefs below, and watched in fascination as the local silversmiths hand-made such intricate jewelry which can only be found there. I’m continually stunned by the diversity of the African continent. From the most northern country in Africa to one of the most southern, each destination dazzled us with its natural beauty and cultural riches. It’s hard to say whether I was most impressed with magnificent temples towering over the Nile River or real rawness and beauty of what is genuinely the essence of barefoot luxury in Mozambique.
As I look ahead to the rest of 2013 I can’t help but think about the upcoming holiday season. Each year I love helping my mother set out her collection of porcelain Santa Clauses, each dressed in traditional clothing from around the world. Whether it was Papa Noel in Egypt, Vander Kersfees in South Africa or just Santa Claus here at home, I’d fantasize about how each country celebrated Christmas in hopes to one day experience each unique destination in person. It’s this memory among many others my family has created that keep me looking forward to spending the holiday season with my family here or abroad in a new way.
Sara’s love affair with travel began at the tender age of 10 when she went to Botswana and Victoria Falls with her family. Without a doubt, the most vivid memories she recalls were the sounds of the lions’ roars the first night sleeping out in the Okavango Delta and the sunrise out on the mokoro the next morning while gazing on a pod of hippos. It’s these memories and more that keep her returning year after year. Since then, she’s travelled to Italy, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, and Mozambique.