Tugged at my Heart Strings


Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with photography or Travel. This was just a great experience.

For the most part, the people of Africa have been very friendly and warm. There were a few moments in touristy areas that have been a little bit of a battle. How many times must I tell this man that I do not want to buy a Tanzanian rugby team jersey?

As I checked into base camp for my big climb tomorrow, the people here seemed to be more than friendly. You could tell that they absolutely love their job. They are going above and beyond their job to make you feel welcome and happy. The pinnacle was tonight at dinner.

As I went up to the buffet for my dessert, the chef behind the table greeted me as I went to take a scoop of the cake. The spoon slipped and I cut a much larger piece than I wanted and I make a remark that I was sorry.  His response was so simple, but it moved me to run to my laptop and write this entry.

In a thick Tanzanian accent he said with a huge smile, “Don’t worry, be free my brother.” Such a simple statement for him, but yet such a moving one for me. I can’t explain why but it made me feel warm and fuzzy all over.


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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