Tryphena Wade was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and describes herself as sometimes shy, sometimes outgoing and a heart centered person. Althought a late bloomer when it comes to being adventurous, she has now seeks ways (small or grand) to force herself out of her comfort zone and shares it with others through her travel blog WeDontSitOnCouches. Tryphena also loves to cultivate her creative side through acting and art.
She recently caught our attention when we stumbled upon her Instagram feed where she was documenting her latest adventures in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For 20 days, she visited Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Kingdom of Lesotho and Livingstone, Zambia (to check out Victoria Falls) with a quick hop over the border to Zimbabwe.
On Her First Impressions of South Africa.
I loved every second of it! Each location had its own personality and energy and there was so much overwhelming beauty across the board. When speaking of South Africa, I’m intrigued by the history and the cultural diversity and specifically, how the country came to be as diverse as it is. I have several friends and colleagues from South Africa so it was interesting to see their homes and see the places that makes them who they are. I have definitely developed a greater love and appreciation for the country. When I think about it, apartheid ended just 22 years ago. I’m old enough to remember their first democratic election. It’s amazing to put a personal experience to the pictures and news stories I’ve seen.
On the Other Countries (Zimbabwe and Zambia).
As it pertains to the other places I got to visit, they have definitely contributed to the love that I already have for the continent. I feel like I can see pieces of various African cultures in Black American culture. I love that. I feel like it creates a thread of belonging for us as Black Americans and even for the African diaspora. We’re scattered throughout the world but yes, there’s a place where we originated. Our way of being connects us. Perhaps we can’t all trace it back to specific country, village, or language but there’s a soul familiarity that I definitely feel.
On Seeking Adventure.
I seek to have an experience that will teach me something about the world and myself. I seek to see God in another way. I seek to be challenged and to figure it out. I love travel because it forces me to experience something new and be ok with maybe not understanding everything. It forces me to rely on myself in a new way. And it forces me to trust strangers! We’re force-fed a diet of fear and travel, especially solo travel, makes me realize that it’s just not necessary to fear something just because it’s different.
Adventure… It forces me to rely on myself in a new way. – Tryphena Wade #AdventurousChica