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The things I’m missing out on not being at home

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My parents have recently sent me some photos of the flowers and wildlife that I’ve missed out on being on Ulleungdo and not at home right now. I love my home. We have lived there since I was four years old and even though there are no wetlands or streams, the trees and flowers often give us little surprises of God’s beautiful creatures.

In our front yard we have a huge cycad. This thing is so fertile that we now have 30 baby cycads. If anyone is in Durban and wants a baby cycad please email me. Last week my Dad found a pair of mousebirds nesting in the base of the cycad.

Mousebirds are only confined to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mousebirds are only confined to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the weekend my Dad told me that the mousebirds have gone. He thinks a snake must have got to them. I can believe this as one night we spotted one midway through ingesting a frog double its size. There you have it, National Geographic wildlife action right in my own backyard.

I’m also missing out on October’s blooming Jacaranda trees.I have always loved these and they hold a special memory for my Mom and I from when she used to walk me to pre-school from our flat near Berea centre to my school near the Botanic Gardens. I always used to put them on my fingers and pretend I was a princess with flower rings.

Jacaranda trees in Broadway Avenue, Westville

Jacaranda trees in Broadway Avenue, Westville

I can’t really explain why I love the Jacarandas. It’s not like I’m that crazy about the colour purple either. I think it’s how they transform the landscape that is usually so familiar. A pretty purple carpet to announce that Spring has arrived.

I wish I could have seen this year’s Jacarandas with my own eyes. Sadly, I will have to wait until next year. At least I have my parents who make sure I don’t completely miss out by sending me pictures. Thank you parents!

Blooming Jacarandas

Blooming Jacarandas

Written by BiancaZAR

October 26, 2009 at 10:15 pm

NightWalkingTruths Explained

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Haengnam seaside walk at night. Ulleungdo, June 2009

Haengnam seaside walk at night. Ulleungdo, June 2009

One Durbanite. Six months. An island between South Korea and Japan. Teaching English. Thinking about home and the journey to wherever that is. NightWalkingTruths (NWT) is the umbrella under which all my sudden mental object formations (thoughts) about South Africa, Ulleung Island (South Korea) and everything in between fall under.

I have been trying to come up with a blog name since a few weeks before I came to the island. DailyBlogTips.com advises that the name of your blog should: describe what it is about, be easy to remember and equal the domain name, of course. These tips didn’t help me as I couldn’t put into specific words what my blog was literally going to be about. It was easier to make a list of what the blog is not going to be about. How was I going to fit all these expectations into one name? I was stuck.

The answer came to me my first night on Ulleung Island (Ulleungdo). I walked along the harbour shore, listened to the howling wind and felt salty drops of ocean spray from the waves crashing against the jagged black rocks.  Where was I? This felt like a place of true inspiration where my mind was assimilating all the tiny grains of black sand ideas that exist in my universe. All lumped together under this mountain that is an island.

As I walked in the dark with a smile on my face, I felt liberated embracing the freedom of the night walk. My mind started tickling these ideas and this is what I came up with:

NightWalking: advancing in life, synthesizing dreams and fears, realising opportunities and searching for light in the darkness. A journey in search of liberation and freedom in the sense of living in a place where you can go for walks at night, where you are safe,  where people aren’t starving and can work to support their families.

My journey is from Durban to Johannesburg (where I hope to move to in 2010) via South Korea. Usually we are advised not to walk the streets at night looking for answers yet that is when they appear. This is exactly what happened and so here I am, on this page, for you to read. Hopefully you will find NWT easy to remember…

Written by BiancaZAR

June 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm