An Elephant in my Suitcase

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* I am a Storytelling Traveller & a Travelling Storyteller * A child of Africa, born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and I grew up on a beautiful Tobacco Farm. Having moved & lived in many places my heart does not really know where it want to put its forever roots down. Everyday things give much pleasure, at home with loved ones & away from my home trying to see the wonderment of life through naive eye . A day out, a weekend away, a week away -Months of travelling hold magical memories and events! These are what make me who I am – cautious, adventurous, fun-loving and hungry to discover colours, countries, geography, cultures, and experiences.

(school taught me very little… Must’ve been dreaming of the farm, mum & dad & my pets back home during classes… Oh, and thinking of fudge on sale at the tuck shop)

Sleepless Nights

Sleeping pets on a bed

After the lights go out when I am between the sheets with my husband, dogs & cats dreams whisper stories of where we have been, how we travelled and all the funny, disastrous, shareworthy stories along the way.

Don’t you wake up during the night with a tear in your eye, butterflies in your stomach, mind swirling with memories, ideas & plans of where you have been or want to go?

I hop out of bed, make a cuppa, pace the house and write about “what happened today”, “what could have happened if that plane had not turned back”, “I shudder when I remember the day our tyre popped and there were lions in the bushes nearby……… what could have happened”, “my dismay discovering I had sat in chocolate on the bus – did people think I had the runs…. oh my?!”

My photos are simple, as am I, and

only carry the minimum – gone are those days of a flippin Elephant in our Suitcases!!!! So a weeny instamatic and smart phone capture the moments for me to share with you.  

Stacked Suitcases
Suitcase Memories

These old suitcases remind me of my exploring and travel adventures.

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