Awakening

The blush of early morning sun

awakening the new day

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Favourite Places

Where would I rather be?

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On a beach in Zanzibar listening to the surf breaking on the reef and the gentle lap of waves on the sand …

Alam Jiwa Mt Agung

On the balcony of one of my favourite hotels in Bali, overlooking rice paddies and watching the sun come up behind Mt Agung …

South Cott Beach sunset

Or on my local beach in Western Australia walking with my dog?

A privileged life indeed.

 

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Windows on the World

 

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A stone house with a tin roof and maybe, one day, some glass windows.

Unguja Island, the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, is according to Tripadvisor, a ‘breathtaking spot to escape the world’. And so it is. The East coast has beautiful white palmtree-lined beaches, a coral reef and warm waters. The tourists flock to the resorts, enjoy the watersports or laze by the pools, eat the gourmet food and drink bottled water. If it gets a little hot they turn on the air conditioning and or a fan. One can indeed escape.

In the sandy streets behind the beach, are many small villages where life is different. For them ‘escaping the world’ might mean something else.

But the right kind of tourism and development might mean that one day these kids get a decent education and one day perhaps a window with glass in it.

 

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Wondering and Wandering

I don’t think I’ll ever lose my wanderlust. It ebbs and flows like the tides on my doorstep here in Western Australia. Sometimes the pull to stay ‘home’ is strong: when the beach beckons, and the outdoor lifestyle is easy, with good food, wines and friendships.

Then there are times when the lure of new shores overwhelms, the draw of old haunts tempt, and the need to leave this remote city to return to the familiar people and places of my formative years is stronger than the urge to stay.

 

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Six Degrees South

At six degrees south of the equator,

the surprise of dusk is dramatic and sudden.

One moment you are enjoying the last rays of sunshine,

the next, darkness falls like a warm blanket.

Zanzibar, the Rufigi River in Selous Game Reserve, and the Uluguru Mountains in mainland Tanzania.

 

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