So I’ve mapped out my itinerary. But what’s the plan?
In my corporate 9-5 life, I’m part of Toastmasters. I joined about 6 months ago and have already won a couple of competitions for public speaking. The types of people that belong to this group are really forward thinkers with good minds. I want to meet people like that in other countries. These people are powerful people within the Government and Business World. All they want to do better than the day before. I want to know, what do these people look like in another country and what do they do for a living?
Here in New Zealand, our clothes come from the western fashions of America, the UK and Europe. Some nice, some not so nice. Either way, this is how it is. So what does it mean to be a woman in Dubai, Bali, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur? How do they dress? What colours should I wear? When you travel to another country, it’s incredible when you can immerse yourself in the culture. Part of that is showing in respect through the way that you dress. An Abaya? okay 🙂 A Sari? okay 🙂 A Hijab? okay 🙂 Sometimes it’s nice to just play dress ups for a day. And when the fabrics come in such beautiful colours, glittered in gold and silver, then why wouldn’t you want to play dress ups for a day.
The food. I hate the fact that I come from a country that is known around the world for it’s agriculture, yet we insist on living off mass produced, high in salt, high in sugar, high in saturated fats, food that is not actually recognizable as food. Our land is fertile and luscious. I am lucky enough to be able to grow herbs and salad veges easily in every home I’ve lived in as an adult. A sustainable life should be easily attainable because naturally we are blessed. But instead we’ve made way for large corporates selling poison.
Rant over. Bottom line: I think that some countries are doing better than us in the food and sustainability department.
I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t change a nation, however I’m committed to changing myself and setting the scene for the future.
Going to cooking school and local markets while travelling is a great way to meet new people. Fellow travellers, each with a story to tell. You generally head to the market to get an understanding of the layout and how a day at the market pans out. Followed by cooking yourself a decent feed. Yum! Rather than buying souvenirs, I buy these experiences and the knowledge that comes with it. I love being able to cook for friends and family when I’m home. Moreover, I love getting lost in the scent of a memory. The taste of a holiday. The smell of freedom. Cooking takes me on a journey and I want to continue recreating that.
I want to be free. No alarms, no responsibility, minimal agenda, no distractions. I want to just be me for a little while. Don’t worry about anything else, it will be there when I return. For now, just experience life as you know it.