The Characters (Who are we?)
Marcelo de Freitas
I am a adventurer & tour guide. For 23 years, I have wandered the African continent, trying to immerse myself in the clawing obsession of Africa, I now need to go deeper. As a family unit this is one of our most ambitious trips. Danica is 9 & Nicolai 6, what does a child's view hold? 12 months of dust, strangers, love, new animals.
To live this dream of African travel culminating in Egypt, has been in the making since childhood. I wanted to be an archaeologist as I was convinced I had been in Egypt in another life.
I need to discover why we are so compelled to do this journey of exploration. To teach, to learn, to grow, to imbibe the very essence of Africa. To make every thought, word & action count. To never look back & say I never followed my dream.
I am a woman of forty, a wife, a mother, a speech therapist & audiologist. But, I'm also a free spirit refusing to be boxed in. A lover of nature & harmony of music & words. A seeker of truth & light, of a higher purpose. Oh the delight of swapping high heeled peep-toes for hiking boots! "Imagine all the people" we'll meet along the way...
Is our 9 year old daughter. She is an amazing youngster with a passionate affinity for animals. She thinks & feels deeply, responding to the surrounding environment. She needs to be in nature to be happy. That happiness is reflected in her beautiful green eyes as they sparkle. Music & reading enrich her life.
Is our 7 year old son and has a joie-de-vivre second to none. His vibrant personality and enthusiasm is inspirational. He loves being on centre stage. This leadership means that he always has a following. His favorite sports are soccer & cricket, which he plays at every opportunity.