Carpe Diem – life is quite frankly too bloody short!

Kids on Jinack Island
A moment in time – happy girls, Jinack Island, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio


Life is full of surprises… sadly, not all of them good. Before you know what’s happening, without any warning, a curveball the size of a Hereford Bull hits you – WHUMPH! – and literally knocks you flat on your back and suddenly, holy cow, you can’t get up again! Which is exactly what has recently happened to very close family members (not by a big cow, mind you, but most definitely by a humongous curveball). Not surprisingly – and perhaps a touch self-serving – one begins to question one’s own mortality, how quickly time is racing ahead, and how much more there is to do in this lifetime.

The trouble is you think you have time”  Buddha


“Seize the day, bugger the ruminating, this life is quite frankly too bloody short!” Yours Truly

Sending positive energy and support to those I love dearly, who are going through what is the toughest challenge of their lives… and, without a doubt, more testing times are ahead for them.



Friday Photos: Laughter & Joy – The Gambia, West Africa




The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”  – Mark Twain

Top: Image © Helen Jones-Florio – Swimming in the River Gambia, Karantaba, The Gambia, West Africa. Taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

Bottom: Image © Helen Jones-Florio –  Kembujeh village, The Gambia, West Africa


Walking in #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa

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HJF, The Gambia coastline – image © Jason Florio


Jason and I have just completed our Gambia coastline walk and what a truly lovely experience it was; albeit mighty humid – an average of 90% humidity every day. ‘Mad dogs and English (wo)men…’ kept springing to mind. Even now, as I sit here typing in the relative coolness of our house, my fingers feel as if they sticking to the keyboard.

The story was assigned by an airline in-flight magazine. So,  unfortunately,  until they publish it we can’t really say too much about the walk. However, we can share a few images from along the way – most of Jason’s, so we’ll have to hold back on until the photo editor decides what they want to use (updated: January 2015- see Brussels Airlines B.Spirit Magazine feature about our walk).

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We’ll be posting more images over the coming days, so please stop by again. You may also like to check out our floriotravels Instagram and Photostellstories FB pages + ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km Africa odyssey‘ which we completed in 2009


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Our little companions during our walk around Jinack Island © HJF


The Florios – Helen and Jason