There’s no place like home

Catching up on some Daily Prompts.  I am waaaaay behind, I know, but it’s been hectic!  So here goes:

If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

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I’m certain we have covered this one before?  Yes, definitely we have, my response to the prompt can be read here.

Since writing that piece, I must admit that I would be nice to have a “home-base” to return to between travels.

I’ll settle for Spain, thank you kindly!

Here is what other bloggers had to say:

  1. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福
  2. Daily Prompt: There’s no place like home | con-Stella-rations
  3. Home of the Nomads | toopietheturtle
  4. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home. « Meanwyle…
  5. Questions for a Nomadic Snail | E & E
  6. pencil pilot
  7. Daily Prompt: Moving | sukies original
  8. daily post challenge/There is no place like home | Carmela Snelbaker
  9. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  10. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | Let There be Peace on Earth
  11. Home | Hekau: Words of Power
  12. Why This Is Not A Travel Blog | Breathing Space
  13. Home | aNadventures
  14. Nomadic Retirement: The American Way | Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America
  15. So. I went to Michigan | Adventures in the Underground

Stranger in a strange land

sulky face

Do you see this sulk?  Do you, really?  Well, it’s because the Daily Prompt have managed to remind me of all the places I have never been!

What’s your favorite part about visiting a new place — the food? The architecture? The people watching?

There are so many countries I want to visit and so many places I would love to see, I don’t know where to start.  I have never left South Africa and have, for that matter, never even set foot on a plane before.  For every place I visit, I intend to learn a traditional dance, eat a traditional mean and wear a traditional outfit on top of learning some basic conversational sentences.

For the sake of this prompt then, in no particular order, herewith my

Top 5 10 Places I will be visiting one day:

spain

Spain – I want to eat and sip wine and talk and walk and listen and see and have a siesta and then do it all over again.  I will have to do this one last as I fear I will never leave if I set foot in Spain.

egypt

Egypt – For this excursion I might have to sign up as an archaeologist assistant, because I really want to get into the thick of things with the pyramids.

jerusalem

Jerusalem – I want to see the streets were Jesus walked.  Even though I said that I won’t put these in any specific order, this Pilgrimage is one that ranks highest on my list of places to visit.

amazon

Amazon Rain forest – This journey would need to be a long one, I would imagine that I would be spending about 2 years (lost) in the rain forest.  I want to see it all and spend time with the tribes and learn their ways.

kilimanjaro

Africa – all of it!  Every country, every capital, every culture, but most importantly Kilimanjaro.

rio

Rio de Janeiro – In Carnival time.  I think that the Mardi Grass is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone

stonehenge

England – Shakespeare, Lady Diana and other royalty, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, William Wallace, Nottingham and  Stonehenge, castles and ruins.

freud

Vienna – Perhaps if I can retrace the footsteps of Freud, I can make more sense of the crazy world we live in.

newyork

New York – The City that never sleeps, home to the New York Stock Exchange and 5th Avenue Shopping district.  This is where I plan to buy myself a pair of ridiculously expensive Jimmy Choo’s.

paris

Paris – The City of Love – Need I say more.  I am a die heart romantic, in case you haven’t noticed.

Some more global travelers:

  1. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | flow of my soul
  2. Daily Prompt: Strange in a Strange Land « Mama Bear Musings
  3. Kashmir Art and Crafts | njoy every moment
  4. A Stranger in a strange land… | The Rider
  5. A Texan’s Safari in Ukraine. | luvsiesous
  6. Daily Prompt Wednesday July 17 2013 | it writes itself
  7. I like to take a seat and let it all sink in. | thoughtsofrkh
  8. It Can’t Fit the Frame: Romans 11:33 | The Photo Faith Challenge
  9. Stranger in a stranger land: living in America. | thewordpressghost
  10. Fish Guts (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat

 

A rolling stone

If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?

rolling stone

I have always had a wandering soul and I’m pretty sure that I was born 20 years too late.  Hippie-ness is definitely in my blood.  Even though I love technology and don’t ever leave home without my Blackberry and / or laptop, I’ve never been really materialistic.  I have no driving obsession to own a six bedroom home filled to the brim with the best furnishings and latest technology.

I would take up the opportunity to live a nomadic life at the first opportunity.  As a matter of fact, I have only 8 years left until Luke is finished with school and we plan to do just that once he leaves home.  Our plan is to buy a motor-home and just travel.  There is no definitely plan for where we want to go or what we want to do.  I’ve always found the idea of playing spin-the-bottle on a map very attractive.  Our country and continent have so much to offer and I believe that it is about enjoying the journey, not the outcome.

For me, something like that would be a learning curve.  Not only for us, but also for the people we would meet.  I look at it as an opportunity to inspire, motivate and inform.  One thing I would definitely love to do is to learn a traditional dance, eat a traditional meal and wear traditional clothing while living with each groups and tribes we cross paths with.

Jacques and I know a couple, deep in their 60’s they bought a motor-home and all they do is travel the country.  The go from town to town and map their journeys out on a large format map.  The highlighted lines crisscross across South Africa and their photos and diaries holds treasure upon treasure of interesting stories.  They are happier than anyone I know and the absolute joy and peace in their souls shine through.  They are a huge inspiration to us and I can’t wait to get there!

Here are what some other bloggers had to say on the prompt:

  1. My Life is a Rolling Stone (with no commitments): Daily Prompt | Texan in Tokyo
  2. Dogwalking, Bright light, Harsh shadows |
  3. Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Oh, Him And Her And Them? They’re Just My Home… | All Those Small Things
  5. Lost in the Thought of Africa | Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone « Mama Bear Musings
  7. Nomadic life: the importance of a base | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  8. Daily Prompt – Rolling Stone | Kate Murray
  9. I’ll go with you | clarior e tenebris
  10. Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone ~ #photography | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  11. Papa was a Rolling Stone… | The Rider
  12. Adventures in Paradise | The Jittery Goat
  13. Semi-permanence and the expat | A Girl and Her Travels
  14. Daily Prompt: Travel « Vicariously Poetic
  15. Let’s go | Spunky Wayfarer

Cross-country journey

You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)

A friend shared this photo on Facebook and it immediately spoke to me:

train

I have never had the opportunity to fly and it is most definitely on my bucket list.  Those who know me would probably say that I would therefore select the airplane.  I am going to shock them all by saying that my chosen mode of transport would be either by train or, even better, hiking.

The town I grew up in had one of the main railway stations between two major towns and I used to love listening to the sound of the trains going by.  Once we took a trip from the Free State to Durban and it was just magical.  It is something that Luke has never experienced so I see it as my motherly duty to let him experience it at least once (apart from the fact that I am dying to go on a train ride again!).

As far as the hiking goes, I love walking.  It is the best therapy for any internal issue you need to sort out and you get some solid exercise as an added bonus.  It has always been a dream of mine to take a backpack and just walk.  Do a cross-country up to the Free State to visit my mom or take the scenic route around the coastline to visit my brother perhaps.  Being a mom makes that ideal just a bit difficult.  Add to that the fact that I am a woman, and you have a recipe for disaster.  It is so unfair that men can just up and leave to do stuff like that, but we have to think and re-think about safety and all that jazz!

Why take the slow coach (pun intended) when travelling by bus, car or airplane are much faster?  Life is so rushed and we can all do with a bit of unwinding.  Taking the slower option also gives you a much better opportunity to explore the countryside, which is the reason for a road trip right?

So there you have it, for me it is travelling at a snail’s pace.  Here is what others had to say:

Tourist Trap

What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

kilimanjaro

I have never been outside of South Africa.  Heck, I have never even flown, so my Bucket List is pretty much flooded with places to see before I die.    The world will have to wait as the call of Mother Africa beckons loud and clear.  My game plan is as such:  Wait until Luke finishes school (7 years to go) and then backpack through South Africa, Africa is to be explored next and finally, the rest of the world.

The biggest and scariest by far is Kilimanjaro.  Those who know find this strange, because I HATE BEING COLD!

In 2011 I saw 127 Hours for the first time and it was then that my curiosity with man’s ability started.  What are we really capable of?  I can’t help but wonder whether I will be able to sever my arm if I managed to get it stuck through a twisted serious of events.  If my only salvation was crossing a lake with no life raft or anything else, would I be able to find the courage to swim?  (Insert crazy dark giggle !).  Some will say that I am tempting fate, but I really can’t wait to see what I truly am capable of.

Thus, my fascination with Kilimanjaro.  It is written on my Bucket List in big, red letters.  I will conquer you sir.  Your snow and icy blizzards will not deter me.  I will stand atop your peaks and look at the world below my feet.  Watch out, I’m coming!

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