Sunday, October 09, 2005

africa ahoy!

Dear folks

Hullo from SA! After 15 hours of climbing walls and beginning to wonder if id ever seen the great wide world outside a plane's cabin, im finally here. The only interesting thing about the flight was learning how to spell "altitude" in Arabic. And since im very kicked about it, I shall tell you how: its squiggle, wiggle, and two dots! :D

this is a truly beautiful country. The colours and smells are almost overwhelming. (I do miss the humidity and heat of madras though: this place almost sucks you dry) everything seems to be celebrating life – the flowers, animals, trees, people – its one huge riot of colour and sensations!

Such gorgeous skull shapes, and cleanly chiseled features… and of course, all set in the most delicious ebony or chocolate brown colours! I am having such a difficult time not staring. Awesome.

Methinks this is also going to be an excellent ground to study body comfort: the way people comport themselves is a real eye opener. Its really fabulous seeing such a lack of inhibition and insecurity. Another really nice thing is the friendliness of the place. I walked into a supermarket, and the cashier positively beamed at me, greeted me like an old friend, chatted, and wished me a nice evening! It wasn't exceptional : all the blacks seem to be that way, bless em! Its so delightful to meet with such warmth : )

Other than the ancient cultural background, there is also a lot of other stuff in common with India. We had an interesting chat this morning over breakfast, and the reservation, conditioning and HIV stigma scene are rather like ours.

Oh, also had a really nice time yesterday: a lady who speaks only german, one who speaks german and English and I had a nice discussion on being women, and on feminism. It was so neat that despite not speaking the same languages, and being from totally different backgrounds and countries, we still had a common ground and were able to share so many things!

Right. Got to go now, starting work on Monday, hope it goes ok : )

you folks take care

love

m.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Jake said...

oy! you leave em africans alone, da brothas and em black women .. :-P

11:55 pm  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

have a great time. It's a beautiful place.

6:07 am  
Blogger Sea and Sky said...

enjoy!

6:19 am  
Blogger Gati said...

just noticed - what is this RIP business, I say?

was just taking a nice nap....

6:49 am  
Blogger m. said...

@ jake: *thwack*

@ m (tread softly upon):thanks, and yes on both counts!:D

@ sea and sky: danke!

@ gati: lol.. wake up then sleepyhead! you know us addicts.. we get cranky when were deprived of our fixes :)

7:48 am  
Blogger m. said...

@ jake: *thwack*

@ m (tread softly upon):thanks, and yes on both counts!:D

@ sea and sky: danke!

@ gati: lol.. wake up then sleepyhead! you know us addicts.. we get cranky when were deprived of our fixes :)

7:48 am  
Blogger Jake said...

the second *thwack* is to stress the point i suppose ?
:-))

8:04 am  
Blogger Senthil said...

Squiggle, wiggle and two dots. Must remember that one when I'm parachuting into the serengeti...

10:44 am  

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