30 Before Thirty: The List explained (Part 2)

Looking over this list now, it seems a bit impossible to do everything in six months. I will tell you this, it may seem ambitious of me to want to squeeze it all in. However, merely making this list and working on it, has ignited a new flame within me. It has already stirred so much emotion, conflicting devotion, and passion within me. Perhaps it’s just because I feel like I am making a difference in my own quality of life for the first time in years. 

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Today I want to take you through items 4 to 7 on the 30 before Thirty list. So grab a cup of your favorite coffee (mine is Organo Gold) and let’s get right to it.

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30 before Thirty: The list explained (Part 2)

4) Run a half-marathon

I use to be a runner, or maybe the best description would be a jogger. Every year I tell myself that this would be the year I start training for a marathon and every year I find myself looking back at the year regretting the fact that I have not even started to train for it. 


Originally, I had the Two Oceans marathon on this list, but I didn’t want to make this list a wish list (Okay, maybe I did a little). However, I knew that training and squeezing in a full marathon in preparation for me to qualifications before the end of November 2021 would probably not be possible. Therefore, I opted for the Worcester Half-marathon on the 1st of May 2022.

Let the training commence! To follow my training progress, follow The Magnetic Compass on Instagram.

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5) Visit Victoria falls  / 6) Go for a ride on the Pride of Africa

These two go hand in hand. The Pride of Africa is a passenger train that travels through Africa. With numerous routes and many adventures along its way. Two of the routes that absolutely fascinated me when I first discovered it, were the Pretoria to Cape Town (passing through Kimberley – home to the deepest hole excavated by hand in South Africa) route and the Pretoria to Victoria Falls route. This route sees its final stop at Victoria Falls, crossing through the landscapes of Zimbabwe to reach its final destination. 

I’ve always dreamt of going to Victoria falls in Zambia, as I mentioned last time, I’m drawn to vastness… With Victoria Falls being one of the world’s largest waterfalls, standing at a whopping 108 m (354 ft) tall and 1 708 m (5 604 ft) wide, it is known to be a sight to behold.

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7) Stay in a tented camp in the Kruger National Park

This is one of those silly things you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Growing up in South Africa, having moved or at least been to basically every province in the country, I have never set foot in the Kruger National Park.

I think it is high-time, don’t you? Perhaps a stay at a tented camp for a few evenings, go for a couple of game drives, see all five members of the Big 5 in the wild, sip Amarula or whiskey under the African sunset… Sounds novel…

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“Only those who risk to go too far, can possibly find out how far they can go.”

T.S. Eliot 

Life is supposed to be an adventure, so if you want to join in on the fun, let’s do this together! Compile your own bucket list, upload it to Instagram and tag the Magnetic Compass. Life is more fun when you do it with someone.

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