Hello everyone, my name is Cindy Naidoo and I am an addict….addicted to discovering new places, meeting interesting people and always learning something new. Although the world is my oyster, I have already found my pearl, my heart will always be here in my beautiful South Africa. I love travelling to new and distant lands but Africa is my home and she’s where I return to at the end of my wanderings. I am a smiler by nature, an educator by profession and a traveller by choice.
But above all this I love my family and getting these loves together has been my greatest achievement. My family and I now share the same addiction – our love for travel!
I’ve been a single mom for the past 15 years and throughout this time always dreamed of travelling the world. As my daughters got older, I was not sure whether they would share the same dream as me and this was bugging me, so in 2009, I decided I was going to find out once and for all! I gathered up all our savings and planned a month long trip to Europe for me and the girls who were then 13 and 16 years old.
First we had the big talk, then after a lot of planning we were finally off on our big adventure. Jazelle, the younger one didn’t seem too happy. She had never been out of the country before and I think fear of the unknown had gripped her especially since we were going to be away for an entire 32 days.
Everything was fine, until we were in transit at Dubai airport, where she just broke down, sobbing uncontrollably. The only thing she could say over and over again was that she wanted to go home. After much hugs, kisses and reassurances from Krissy and me, she eventually managed to calm down and this was the start of the Incredible Travel Adventures of Cindy and her Powderpuff girls!
A little about the girls: Kriselda is 21, an extrovert and currently studying for degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Education simultaneously. She also bakes novelty cakes and designs and sews beautiful clothes. She loves animals and rescues and brings home at lot of strays especially cats. She hates writing so you won’t hear directly from her in our blogs.
Jazelle: the baby of the bunch is 18, extremely introverted and currently studying B Comm Accounting. She shares my passion for writing and loves food. She is always trying new foods and only eats the local cuisine in which ever place we visit.
We started blogging in 2009 during our Eurotrip, to keep family and friends updated on our journey, but stopped after that trip. We have now decided that we not only want to share our amazing travel stories with the world, but we also want to inspire all single parents that YOU TOO CAN DO IT, that there IS life after divorce, that travelling alone with your kids can be fun, strengthens the family bond and teaches both the parent and the kids lessons that can never be learnt from any book.
So please join us on our epic journeys of discovering new and beautiful places, meeting strange and interesting people and growing together as a family.
Cindy and her Powderpuff Girls♥