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|Total Raised online:||£3,285.00|
|Total Raised offline:||£1,865.00|
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Hello and Welcome from Sheila Does Sahara
H4H Sahara Trek - 15 October 2010
It’s been eight weeks now since I came home from the Sahara, and, by now, you would have thought that I would have gained some perspective on it. In fact, I can still feel the intensity of the experience as if it were yesterday. I still think about so many of the people there, of our conversations, of our jokes, and I know I will carry on doing that for some time. Summoning various images from the trek can make me laugh out loud or cry, especially when I am walking alone – as I do with my dogs most weekends. And I miss the company of the strangers that became my friends. The photo was taken by my co-trekker and friend, Nikki Williams, as we crossed the 100km line with my wonderful tent companions (and Bryn!). Some of my friends at home have asked about how it felt to be separated from my ‘real life’; others can’t quite believe I left work without a Blackberry (which is quite depressing); but whenever I talk about it to someone for the first time, I feel compelled to answer seriously and honestly: it was simply one of the best things I have ever done. With all the material trappings of my life stripped away, I realised that I travel with very little emotional baggage, and that I was able to enjoy the experience freely – as opposed to running away from anything at home. In the desert, I loved my fellow trekkers immediately for the support and humour they provided; and now back home home, I feel defined by the relationships I have with those whom I love and I am truly lucky to have them. So, it was less about ‘finding myself’ and more about finding out how much I love others. So, thanks to you all for sponsoring me: you helped me reach my £5,000 sponsorship target. I wish you a happy new year and here's to the next challenge!
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