Blogger Diary: I Dream Of Africa

Africa, how can I repay what you have given me? Your people who radiate with such astounding beauty and light, no matter what their personal life has served on their plate. Sights of deep perseverance and hope give 24 hour goosbumps. Strangers become family in an instant. Human connection is the deepest, most simple ingredient. Forget language barriers, politics, haves and have nots… connecting with an elder of 110 years old, holding hands and smiling souls: that’s it.

Every winter my Love and I each pack a single backpack and head off. Like birds flying south, we head to the heat. Somewhere foreign, completely unknown, and far far away.  We travel with few rules but one: no plans. Remain flexible and open, and everything/everyone you should see/meet/explore will find you. Since I was a child, I dreamed of Africa. The continent has always spoken to the roots of my soul… to the core of my curiosities and travel lusts. Not long ago, I embarked on that dream. With the Love of my life beside me, we traveled through West and East Africa. I fell deep. Instantly I felt at home… at peace. We both were in love… and vowed to come again and again, visiting our new-found friends and family. While my heart still aches for these individuals, the smells, the sights, the music… the emotions…  I brought home with me lessons that will continue to teach even in my absence,  I pursue my passions in my own country with a profound calmed peace. I feel blessed. Blessed to come home to support, to opportunity, to rich organic vegetables, loving friends and open doors. Africa, I’ll dream in your colors, textures, and faces until we meet again.

To all of you, friends, may your deepest dreams turn to present journeys… and may they be rich full of experience; love, beauty, discomfort (yes, very important), and most of all… human connection.

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meg

I dream of the day I get to GO to Africa. I almost went their for my honeymoon, but went to Thailand instead. One day….

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I was in Zambia a few years ago and I’m still dreaming of its peacefulness and the most lovely people. I wish I could go back someday.

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http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

Quite possibly my favorite photo diary ever. I can’t wait to travel the world more, and this post just reinforces how much I would like to adopt. :) Every single one of those children are precious!

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someday…this is on my bucket list! beautiful pictures…

Zoe

I love this place, I’m a huge South Africa lover it’s one of my favorite counties of all time.
Great photos, seeing them just makes me want to go back there!
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Elissa

Beautiful photographs… Your words paint a picture I would love see myself. Xx.

marissa

@Zoe — Thank you for posting that (;

ema

@zoe I dont see any starving tribal African photos here… From someone whos lived there, the portrayal is accurate.

This is such a touching post.

xo, Juliette Laura
http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Great memoties, and you photos pictures those countires exactly the way I imagine them.

Skye

Absolutely beautiful photos, which tell such amazing stories. Free People, you have fans in Africa too.
Love from South Africa

WOOOOOOWWW!! It’s so cool there!!!

Mira

This is exactly how I feel about my experience in Kenya last summer. Such amazing people. Thank you for writing this.

Zoe

@Ema – I appreciate your comment. I do think this post tries not to present Africa as a starving war-torn place, which is great. But, that’s only half the point the article makes. The other half of the article is about other exaggerated and generalized depictions of “Africa,” which have a greater bearing over this blog post. I agree that writing about a whole continent is difficult — that’s why you shouldn’t do it! No one would ever write “I Dream of North America,” because we all know that living in the southeast is as different from living in the… Read more »

ema

I believe everyone has a right to their very own experience during travels. Someone visiting a place as opposed to someone who lives there, both observation and experience will be different. How can you judge something so personal? Seems to me like this post came from a heartfelt place, only to encourage us to see the world for ourselves. I live in Africa, and while “East” and “West” is still vague, it isn’t just “Africa”. “America” is spoken of generally all the time, perhaps when you live here its easier to see all the distinct differences, but nonetheless, its is… Read more »

Anonymous

beautiful.

Ahhhhh, what beautiful heart!! Lighting out into the world, following where your soul takes you, open wide to new experiences in a new place… well, that IS how things should be done, isn’t it!! Thank you thank you you beautiful soul for doing just so… In a world of ups and downs and far too much strife, at the core, where to start from, this is the attitude that will give new perspectives and leave a space open for new mindsets, motivations, and ideas to flow in, flow through, flow out…. a frame of mind to be in, to better… Read more »

Qalisha

It is my dream to go to Africa. It is such a beautiful place.. Maybe one day..

Anonymous

I’m currently a college student and my dream is to open an orphanage internationally one day. I’ve always been drawn to the African region; I can’t wait to explore it as a potential location when I finish my schooling. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

Leisa

You drew me in at the first sentence. Africa gave me my son. My Sun! I can never repay my experiences in this beautiful, sorrowful, colorful, vibrant and inspiring place.

I too have always felt drawn to Africa and had the chance to travel in Ethiopia for a month a few years back. It was the most amazing experience of my life! Even though I have only been to one part, I am convinced that Africa is the most beautiful continent in the world. Both for it’s landscape, and it’s rich culture.

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