Skip to content

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and you will receive our stories in your inbox.

Sofa surfing: move, eat, learn*

Posted in Aging, and Style & Travel

maxresdefaultI’ve spent the past week feeling flat. Not sure whether it is a delayed reaction to the stress of January or whether my body is still recovering from a bout of stomach flu/food poisoning that saw me spending last Saturday night on my knees in front of the toilet bowl. Either way, I have barely had the energy to think. Let alone move.

During the week I also cancelled a trip I had planned for March – canoeing down the Orange River. Through gorges, rapids and two countries: my own and Namibia. Travel was always my thing – I loved new experiences and challenging myself. Sometimes I would spend hours planning and fine tuning and others – I’d just leave on a whim for wherever took my fancy. Not any more; lately there is an umbilical cord anchoring me to Cape Town. I just don’t want to go too far away.

That wasn’t the reason I cancelled: there is just so much going on and so much needing to be done. The thought of a week away made me anxious – and that has always been my cue to stay.

But the universe has its own rhythm and gives you what you need, or maybe you take it: and this piece of film popped up on facebook. The piece’s creator Rick Mereki bills the trip as: “3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films….. MOVE= a trip of a lifetime.” Enjoy the first part of their journey. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

(Movie found on Vimeo, images in the public domain. For updates and sneak peeks at upcoming projects follow Rick Mereki on facebook.com/pages/Rick-Mereki/277839202256508 or instagram.com/rickmereki. Music composed and performed by Kelsey James).

Share on Facebook

3 Comments

  1. Shame – there is nothing worse than a gyppy tummy, it leaves you feeling like death warmed-up.
    I completely understand why you decided to cancel your trip, but I do hope you will do it one day. Some years ago I gave a similar trip to my husband and son as a gift. They spent three days canoeing down the Orange River (the trip I chose was organised by a company run by the younger brother of an old friend – Felix Unite). The whole experience was fantastic they said; hot by day, cold by night, sleeping under the African stars. Cooking in a potje, then throwing fluospar into the fire for an amazing light display; learning to enjoy the sound of silence, negotiating the rapids. It was a fantastic bonding experience for them both and they will never forget it.
    Whilst they were having the time of their lives I was having fun in CT with my chommies, shopping, drinking chilled white wine etc….happy days. Thanks for reminding me about that time.
    Get well soon!

    February 8, 2014
    |Reply
  2. Lovely post. It is so understandable ~ and wise ~ that you want to be near home at the moment. Hopefully your trip can be rearranged in the not too distant future. I used to love travel but rarely leave home now as I am carer for my husband. That is why I really enjoy the blogs I follow because they bring the world to me. Facebook is great too and You tube for world music.
    Hope February picks up for you x

    February 8, 2014
    |Reply
  3. Look forward to experiencing it and sorry you’ve been feeling so poo! Get back to fighting form soon!

    February 7, 2014
    |Reply

Got some thoughts? We would love to hear what you think

%d bloggers like this: