About us – This is our Journey

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This is us – Berto & Corna from sunny South Africa

We love the Lord, we love each other and we love being outside in nature. We believe in keeping things simple and having a positive outlook on life.

We’ve come a long way (literally and figuratively) and in the process made some big decisions.

Three hiking journeys that changed our outlook on life are:

  1. Camino Frances in Spain – 2017 (Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela – 729km)
  2. Portuguese Camino in Portugal and Spain – 2018 (Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela – 620km)
  3. Tankwa Camino in South Africa – 2019 (Calvinia to Ceres in the Northern- & Western Cape Provinces – 256km) … this one was more about fun!

Lessons learned from the Camino:

Some days one will walk in sunny weather on beautiful paths and wonderful scenery. It will be fun and you will obviously enjoy it. And then there will be the other less pleasant days. That is when it rains, the walkways will be full of mud and one’s feet will get tired and sore. Those days, won’t be so great (trust me, I know what I’m talking about).

So, in summary: There will be many wonderful moments, but there will also be those gloomy and miserable periods. But that’s okay, because that’s how LIFE is!

What we need to remember is that at the end of each day we created wonderful opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime! This is what WE make of these situations and opportunities (whether good or bad) … they are there to be overcome and enjoyed!

Who writes and who takes photos:

The photos on our blog are taken by both Berto and Corna, but more by Berto because he is comfortable with a camera in his hand while also carrying a heavy backpack. Corna is the one who dreams a bit, collects stories and therefore behind the pen (or the laptop in this case).

Enjoy travelling with us and discovering new places – whether it’s on foot or by car (the long road trips and 4×4 trips are the best) – we’re glad you’re here 🌸.


35 thoughts on “About us – This is our Journey

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    1. Hi Jane, thanks for your positive comments. Yes, the Camino is also close to our hearts – we’ve enjoyed this journey thoroughly! I’m still busy uploading the rest of our Portuguese Camino, so keep coming back to our blog – if you would like to see the end of this story πŸ™‚
      Sorry, our contact details must have “slipped” through – I will re-post it on our blog again.
      All the best!


  2. Yes, we always have a choice about our attitude. I’m realizing that as I get older and grow even closer with the Lord, I trust Him so much more–and that is what makes it easier for me to praise Him no matter how I’m feeling or what the circumstances, situations are. He truly is GOOD ALL THE TIME, and He keeps His promise to never leave or forsake us. I’m so glad I’m His and He is mine! May He bless you so abundantly in this new year, 2021. ❀

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  3. Hello there and thanks so much for dropping by my Sri Lankan pages and commenting.

    I am not a religious man myself but I always fancied walking some or all of the Camino de Compostela just as a trip but unfortunately my health has taken a bit of a nosedive so I think it unlikely ever to happen now but I shall certainly enjoy seeing it through your eyes.

    Sterkte (don’t you love translation sites!).

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    1. Ahh, thank you so much Morag πŸ’Œ. I can see from your blog that you must love the Lord, because of all the beautiful things you wrote … give me time, I’m going to read every post on your blog, because it is so enjoyable.

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  4. There are so many wonderful things about long distance walking; the exhilaration of reaching the top of a climb; the wonderful views; the warm glow as you take that well earned evening beer and unwind from the day…not to mention taking a breather and just laying in the sun for a while. We will enjoy following you as you walk on future trails.

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    1. We could not have said it more perfectly! Besides of the workout physically (which is of course a bonus), it is also the perfect opportunity to clear your mind and find peace within yourself … well, for us at least ☺️.
      Thanks for following us – we hope to continue on more beautiful trails.

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  5. Congrats for your walks!!! I was envisioning myself at some point, on one of these Caminos, but that’s a tough decision I guess. Not excluding the idea, I would love to do one, one day😊

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    1. Thank you 😁. Those walks were definitely highlights in our travel journeys – such a challenge, but hugely rewarding. I really hope you get the opportunity one day – you won’t regret it πŸ‘£πŸ‘£.

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  6. Hi Corna and Berto
    We so enjoyed meeting you on the Postberg hike, and wow,,,your blog is amazing.
    Please whatsapp your contact details to Alan on ……, we would love to keep in touch.
    Cheers, Nicola and Alan

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    1. Hi you guys! Ah, it’s great to hear from you again – and it was nice meeting you as well! We’ve enjoyed spending time with you in nature (our favourite place πŸ˜„). Thanks for the compliment on our blog … and if I’m not mistaken, you are following us as well (that’s nice of you)! I have made contact with Alan – so, now we are connected … maybe we can do a hike together in future or just enjoying a braai with you! Take care, Corna & Berto


    1. And nice to meet you as well Jo. I visited your blog and oh my, Portugal is a firm favourite with us!
      I tried to post a comment on your blog, but not sure it went through … I sometimes get so fed up with myself and technology ☺️ … but if it didn’t went through, I just want to say that we have such fond memories of our time there when we walked the Portuguese Camino in 2018 from Lisbon to Santiago in Spain. I’m looking forward to read more of your stories! And love that shirt of yours – what a pity that you lost it 😯.


      1. Thanks a lot! The comment did go through and many thanks for the follow too. I don’t do such adventurous walks as you 2 these days but I do like a good stretch of my legs πŸ€—πŸ’•

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      2. Sometimes a good stretch of legs are all that’s needed πŸ˜‰. Oh, I’m happy the comment went through (I’m not that useless after all with technology then)! Take care, Corna 🌷.


  7. Lovely to meet you guys. We share the hobby of walking. I must admit we don’t walk the way you do but we do what suits us and take walks which keep challenging us. Best wishes.

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    1. Walking shouldn’t be about covering 100’s of kilometers (or miles), but about the journey and the experiences along the way. We are a bit lazy these days (will have to rectify it πŸ˜‰), but we do try and get out in nature at least once during a weekend. Take care and happy walking πŸ‘£πŸ‘£.

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