Adventures, Nature, and Photography

Anne Bonfert

The story about my life

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I am a traveler. Photographer. Writer. Teacher. Skydiving instructor. Adventure enthusiast. Nature lover. And I fell in love with the African continent.

The dream

I had this dream. The dream about a fascinating continent. I wanted to explore. Learn. Grow. Meet new people. Learn about different cultures. Speak in another language. I wanted to go to Africa. All my knowledge about this continent came from books I read and documentaries I watched. I didn’t know a lot. I just had this dream, which turned into a plan, and eventually, I was on the plane leaving Europe for the first time…

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Working as a volunteer in West Africa

It all started in Ghana on the 11th of October in 2014. I worked here for a bit over 4 months. It was the first time that I had to speak English outside of school which made the conversations, in the beginning, a bit difficult.

During my work in an orphanage and a small school in the north, I traveled a lot through a country which was abandoned from tourism due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa during this time.

Not only did my English vocabulary grow a lot, but I also met amazingly friendly and helpful people and build friendships with volunteers from other European countries.

In February 2015 I flew across the continent to Tanzania where part 2 of my adventure continued.

My new life in Namibia

I flew back to Namibia in June 2015 and started working in the city of Swakopmund. A city in the desert which is located on the rough coastline of Namibia.

I explored the country from north to south and east to west on several smaller and bigger trips. As a climbing guide, I took children and adults to the climbing paradise of Spitzkoppe and taught them how to climb on the rock.

I did fall in love with the beauty of this country and also found my partner with whom I live and travel together ever since.

My travels to my home country

Within the last few years, I spend most of my holidays traveling home to Germany where I did a lot of amazing trips with my family and friends across the country.

One year in Thailand

After picking up a new sport in Namibia, the sport of skydiving, and more advanced training in it, I moved together with my partner to Thailand. Working as professional skydivers in a company we also got to explore several islands and spent a few days in the neighboring country of Malaysia.

The Corona Virus was bringing tourism down to zero at the beginning of 2020 and we were forced to leave the country.

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Back in Namibia

Originally we planned to work the summer in Germany, but before we could even solve Visa issues the world broke into pieces and we ended up being stranded in Namibia. Namibia is not a bad country to be locked in during the time of a pandemic.

We did a trip through northern Namibia at the beginning of the year and did later on short trips from Swakopmund into nature.

Finally reunited

In June I was able to enter Germany and started working again. A very painful time of waiting for each other began. While I was in a country that put back its economy to almost full force my partner was still stuck in Namibia. Locked down under one of the strictest regulations in the world during the pandemic.

After being three months separated we were finally in each other’s arms again at the beginning of September. Nobody knows what the future has to offer for us, working in tourism. But that doesn’t matter.

As long as we are together we will get through it.

My writing

Today I write about my adventures around the world. Sometimes I write lying on the beach in Thailand. Sometimes I’m under the African stars. And other times I’m walking through a forest in Germany getting inspired for new content.

I write about nature. I write about wildlife. I write about my feelings when in nature and about my adventures in the mountains. Photographs are part of my stories. All the pictures appearing in my stories are taken by myself.

Photographs tell stories too. I can’t add someone else’s face to my story. It would change the actual story. That is my belief. Having a love for photography and writing I simply combine those two.

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“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” — David Alan Harvey

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