“The Golden age of adventure for women may seem to have passed, but there is still a big world out there to document. Kira Salak is a writer and professional adventurer. After graduating with a PhD in literature and travel writing, she traversed Papua New Guinea. This experience she turned into the book Four Corners. Since then, she has written numerous articles and visited Peru, Iran, Bhutan, Mali, Libya and Burma, amongst others. Perhaps her most daring exploit was in the Congo on the trail of mountain gorillas. Salak was smuggled into the country by Ukrainian gun runners. The award-winning article she wrote about this trip gives a clear insight into a country with many human problems, but also the attempts to keep alive the mountain gorillas. Salak’s less shocking travels reveal a world which we, living in an age of easy travel, are far more able to explore if we only have the thirst for knowledge and adventure.” Top 10 female adventurers, Listverse
Earlier this week I commented that a woman’s strength lies in her ability to imagine she is strong.
So here goes…
I am Kira Salak. I am Kira Salak. I am Kira Salak.
I am standing on top of a mountain, face against the wind. My face is covered in blue woad and I wield my broad sword with ease. ( I know Kira isn’t blue and is carrying a kayak paddle but this version is the vision I held in my mind when I focused on giving up smoking three years ago. This version of me is capable of ANYTHING)
I will be an inspirational adventuress I will be a brilliant writer. I will be the next Kira Salak!