Going Home to Africa

My 20 000km journey home through West Africa

The Living and the Dead

El Miracle, Solsona

There is this notion that that at this time of year there is a thinning of the separation between the world as we know it and the spirit world.  Whether this is true or not I cannot say but I do think that it is a noble thing to spend two days of each year thinking of the loved ones who have contributed to our lives and passed before us, as well as our ancestors who have paved this path for us to be where we are in the world today.

So this All Saints and All Souls day I took a moment to stop in at a most magnificent chapel that I had briefly visited before.  I happened to be passing and felt it was fitting to stop here.

Having been raised a Catholic I still have some traditions that remain, even after many years of non-affiliation.  I remain respectful of the spiritual atmosphere that remains in some of these sacred held places, for centuries people have come to churches and chapels with their highest ideals and sincerest wishes and in many cases you can feel this.  I also like to light a candle for those who passed before you.  It is not so much the candle but the time one takes, the light in the darkness, the time one takes to meditate the life and impact of family and friends who are no more.

Many people feel that the topic of death is morbid and so we avoid discussing the dead and in doing so we fail to honour their contribution to our lives.  So personally, I have made it a personal tradition to comit some time, at this time of year especially, in gratitude to the wonderful people who have contributed to who I am today. 

The photograph is of the chapel at El Miracle, near Solsona in Catalunya.  This Monestary chapel has this magnificent altar piece carved out of wood and painted primarily in gold leaf.  The dreary exterior belies what you find when you walk through the large doors.

 

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About Dot

Dot is Zimbabwean born and raised and after having lived in Europe for 20 years she decided to return home but uniquely she decided to drive  through Africa to get there.

She achieved her dream by driving 20,000kms through 18 West African countries over 8.5 months on her own for most of the journey.  Her book of the same title will soon be launched,and you can find out more about Dot or subscribe to the Blog for more.

 

THE BOOK

If you're wondering how a 60 year old woman managed to traverse West and Central Africa in a 20 year old 2WD van on her own  ... how she managed the loss of her clutch in Nigeria, her views of passing the Sahara desert, camping at dubious hotels, managing the many, many checkpoints and never paying a single bribe ...  you can now read all about it ... https://goinghometoafrica.com/index.php/the-book

 

Kusasa Scholarship Fund

Alongside my journey I've decided to raise funds for scholarships for girl's education in Zimbabwe, find out more about that here, to contribute to the Scholarship Fund please do so here.