An Unfortunate Chain of Events


Let’s be honest, I am a very cautious person, especially when I travel. I watch what I eat, what I drink, what I brush my teeth with and I even make sure to keep my lips tightly sealed in the shower. When you are travelling in Africa for two months, it’s only a matter of time before you get those “issues”.

Unfortunately for me, it was not just the Montezuma’s revenge. It was accompanied by chills and a body ache that would stop an elephant in its tracks.

As many of you know, I have been training for the Kilimanjaro Climb for months. Going to the gym seven days a week, climbing the step mill for two to three hours with 50 pounds strapped to my back. Whatever bug I caught was so bad, I was willing to throw all that training and preparation out the window and get on the first flight home.

As I was suffering in agony from the cramps that were folding me in half for two straight days, my iPod randomly played a song that turned everything around. I don’t know why, but after the first verse I was ready to climb Mount Everest let alone Kilimanjaro. It was actually the first six words! The song has been a favourite of mine for years and always gives me a bit of a boost. I am sure a lot of you will agree that “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 has that effect on you as well.

Out of all of the great beasts of Africa, it was a microscopic organism that brought me to my knees.

I have learned that what does not kill you will make you climb a mountain.

U2 Has Rejuvenated Me

U2 Has Rejuvenated Me


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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