Elephant Poo - The size of my melon!
Elephant Poo and Arrogance
With our laminated map and canadian accents, we've been running around looking for mountains none has ever heard of, winding up on roads which haven't been used since the British occupation. We got lost in the Rhumpi district of Northern Malawi. Though people were kind, they were still speaking a dialect different than the one we'd learnt in the south. [right:image:21379]As we drove towards an exciting ridge on our map, the rough road became turned into a corn field so we grabbed our packs and trekked onward by foot. Nearing the base of the ridge, the villagers became sparse to the point where not even the cries of an overly excited child could be heard. [left:image:21381]It was there that we found him. 20 dreadlocks, 15 children, 5 teeth and 2 wives. This man was the Witch Doctor and that prominent ridge was his mountain. Godfrey had often warned us that while paragliding in Malawi, one could often be accused of Witchcraft. With this in mind, we were concerned with how the wise man would feel with our taking to his sky. [right:image:21358]The path was straight, steep and merciless. As we panted like dogs, the old man skipped ahead, taking time to collect roots and twigs along the way. Atop his mountain, we found tall grass laying on its side, a sign of strong winds in the area. Unaware of why we had hiked up the hill with so much cloth and twine, he stood silently as we fastened ourselves to them and floated upward into the sky. [left:image:21357]And, while the valley seemed full of potential for incredible cross country flying, it was windy like there were no tomorrow. We flew in the dynamic ridge lift every day that week, always landing near the wise man's hut, spending most of our time learning about root medicine, calling on spirits through dance and the infinite possibilities of cooking with peanuts. [group:image:21457][group:image:21480][group:image:21458][group:image:21482]
As we crest the pass in the cool morning breeze, familiar smells fill our noses and air intakes alike. The sweet smell of pine trees and patchouli women remind us of the great, forgotten land from which we once came, British Columbia. My thoughts drift through corners as Honey Bus' engine chugs along, keeping the beat to which I may lay down the tracks of memory: Two years of non-stop adventure, harmonizing all of the love, upset, success and defeat into one, undeniable melody. The process of returning home has always been one of relief ..but this time there is an insecurity ..much like the feeling of going to meet an old lover. Will we still connect in the same way? Has one, or both of us changed too much? Will we even recognize each other? The tense feelings stem from the inevitable introduction I will have to make upon arrival; presenting this home in which I choose to live, with the new home I have found in my heart. <3 B
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