FERNWEH MOMENTS AND MUSINGS ….

Fernweh

Fernweh

Sometimes  I suffer from a serious bout of Fernweh … most of the time it will  be on a Suday afternoon and then I will go and sit and page through my hundreds of photo albums wishing to be at the places I love the most but where I cannot always be…

How to get over my bout of Fernweh?  … What medicine works best?  The best way to get over these serious attacks is to sit and muse about them while I’m paging through my photo albums, dreaming of the time when  I can get there again …   Oher times I just sit and think about life and things that makes me happy.

On the Ndutu plains ...

On the Ndutu plains …

This was one of our first camp sites in the Serengeti.  Through the years Wayo Africa upgraded their mobile camping and now we do it in barefoot elegance.  When you visit a country you try and taste and eat food and drinks that are local … While out there on Plains of the Serengeti, you come back to camp filled or sometimes overloaded with what you experienced during the day and cannot wait to relax next to the welcoming fire …You rush off to do your cleaning up ritual and then it is time for Sundowners … aah Sundowners … yes… A bottle of Konyagi, the local gin or vodka made with paw-paw pips,  and my drink of choice when we are  in Tanzania.  It replaces Tequila!   I did earn a new name one time in the Tarangire National Park …,  Mama Kichaa, the name I was given by the barman in the  Tarangire Tent Kamp because they could not believe that you can add 15 drops of Tobasco Sause to Konyagi mixed with Bitter Lemon … the name has stuck … the Crazy Mother ….

Konyagi and more ...

Konyagi and more …                  

 Waking up one morning, I found myself dreaming of being surrounded by wildebeest, you pick up that distinctive smell of the veld, a warm fragrance just on the pleasant compost side of rotting…. You are filled with awe but also feeling the sadness of everything…the way life moves on through its courses, leaving behind so much …watching the circle of life playing off in front of you.  A mother wildebeest gives birth to a little one with the hyenas stalking around to get their food or you sit and watch lions making a meal of some unfortunate animal that could not get away from them…

The smell of the wildebeest in the veld ...

The smell of the wildebeest in the veld …

IT IS EITHER A FERNWEH MOMENT OR SOME BLUES …

Sitting in my study staring through the window, watching the season change from autumn to the beginning of winter … the wind is trying very hard to push summer finally out of the way.  Summer still fights bravely back just to stay a bit longer.  The wind starts to blow freely down the street again chasing leaves off the trees…. I get the sense of going away, of visiting far off places…. I want to fly off and find out why Zanzibar is holding my heart to ransom… Then it started to rain … An acute bout of Sunday blues hit …. How I wish I could sip on a glass of tamarind juice on the beach in Stone Town, Zanzibar… I started to  suffer  from a serious bout of FERNWEH Wanderlust … I want to sit on the veranda of Tembo House in Stone Town, with my feet in the sand, watching the world go by …

Blue skies ...

Blue skies …

Azure blue beaches ...

Azure blue beaches …

Tamarind juice on the beach ...

Tamarind juice on the beach …

I think I would not mind saying Jambo nzuri gani today      …
Sitting on the beach in front of the hotel enjoying watching all that happens there,
… and enjoying a glass of cold tamarind juice….

Sitting with your feet in the sand ...

Sitting with your feet in the sand …

Mumbling mumbo jumbo while watching the world go by ...

Mumbling mumbo jumbo while watching the world go by

This photo talks to me in all kinds of ways … makes me pine to be back at Tembo House on the beach in Stone Town, Zanzibar …. It tells its own story about what happens on an island with sunset, the islanders cool off having fun on the beach, while I do intense people watching enjoying myself, a Konyagi… and the evening breeze after a hot day …

Still life with a chair and sunset on the beach ...

Still life with a chair and sunset on the beach …

Fernweh Solutions:  My soul is restless, my body ache and my feet are itchy to get to the only place that can cure me from this serious bout of fernweh … my soul  is pining to be happy! … I always find it very hard to understand why it must happen on a Sunday and always a longing to the place that is not just down the road … Why must my happiness be measured as if it depends on the distance of these places …?

Reflections ...

Reflections …

We sat quietly, our eyes filled with faraway thoughts while searching the bush for unexpected surprises. The sound of trickling water, quiet nothing is happening anywhere … and then, suddenly, but so lovely … you hear the call of a fish eagle

Quietness of nature ...

Quietness of nature …

The difference between nature and human life …

We go to the beach and complain that it is either to hot or too cold …. We might be hungry or thirsty, something will always be wrong, be it the weather, the wind or what else, it will be something that is actually not worth wasting time on….. How often do we go to the beach to just sit and to be…?  How often do we just try to be like the seagulls, to sit on the beach quietly waiting for a morsel of food to wash out, taking a nap while waiting?

On the beach ...

On the beach …

A glorious morning ….

Lying in bed early morning, listening to the sounds of a city waking up. The lovely fragrance of spring flowers wafting in through the window…. It made me appreciate it all again…. The birds have a hierarchy of who is chirping first early morning from the smallest to the final call of the Hadedas while in the background you also hear an Egyptian Geese family squabble about where they should go for the day…

Waking up in the city ...

Waking up in the city …

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREEN NO MATTER WHAT…

No matter on which side you are … the grass will be green …. It is with a strange sadness in my heart that I sit here, working through my photos and reading posts on Facebook …. Lately I started to notice that it is so easy to post a kind of camouflage hate speech on social media on the internet, be it about religion, politics, food likes, tastes and so much more …. The question that came into my head… does it make me a better person when I post something about a religion that I’m not part of? Does it matter that there are just as many bad people in my religion, or politics as well…?  if I sit on a fence does it give me the right to point fingers? … If I don’t like slice of cake does it mean I can tell everybody it is not a good cake? … If I am part of all of this, does it make me a better person? … Well it can go and on and … I should not take time to sit and think about such things, it makes me sad.

The grass is always greener on the other side ...

The grass is always greener on the other side …

I LIKE … but most of the time I do not like some things …

I “Like” to be happy and to start my day with good thoughts … so I always press my own “Like” button … Everybody has their own concerns and worries about the world and the environment, but it is not always in line with what I worry and think about … We all use Facebook and other social media links to read about what is happening in the world and with our friends … It is sometimes so unsettling to open Facebook early morning … Most of the time there is nothing that I can do about a situation  How can I save an already dead animal in another country by liking a post? Why must I look at some terrible photos first thing in the morning? I also do not want to know about someone’s personal political views or any negative postings …. Unfortunately there is no button that will show a person that you do not like a post, I am going to click on the “I don’t want to see this” button, and if it keeps on popping up on my screen I will delete the person for ever and remove my “Like” from a page … I am starting to slowly close the gate on some issues that does not play an important role in my life …

Please close the gate behind you ...

Please close the gate behind you …

Until next time … I will keep on musing …

4 thoughts on “FERNWEH MOMENTS AND MUSINGS ….

  1. Mmmmm……..I notice a lot of beautiful (lonely) photos which trigger your/my emotions. Do a study and follow HAPPY people and capture that and it will fill the empty seats, open the closed gate, and let the seagulls realise what a privilege it is to be able to fly and look at all from above.

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