It is amazing how familiar things seem unknown. I thought I would find everything just normal coming back to Europe, but after being here for 36 hours, there are still things I find a bit funny.
Surprisingly the weather does not seem as cold, as I though. Must be that the Malawi winter made me more resistant to cold
The first thing I noticed dough was the grim, pale faces of everyone even in Munich. Somehow in Malawi everyone seemed to have more energy. It is also less conversation. No “Hello how are you,…”. At first this seemed a bit artificial back in Malawi, but I do miss it. It is a nice habit.
Flying over Slovenia I was amazed how many trees there are in one place – in Malawi the trees are scattered over the landscape and here they are the landscape. It is also really, really green despite autumn starting already.
Again I realized that Slovenes are really mad about their cars. I felt like I was in a car saloon in Malawi. It was a cure to sore eyes seeing my good old Fiesta. Just driving on the right side and shifting gear is still something that I have problems with. Amazing how quickly people adopt. I was driving on the right hand side for almost 2o years and just 3 months in Malawi make it hard for me to adjust. And Julie, here I am the one having problems with the wipers as I constantly turn them on instead of the blinkers.
It was a delight to see my family again, although we were not up to our best as we seemed to have got more than we bargained for the the lounge in J’Bourg. But today the stomachs seem to feel better which is great. We do want to go to a concert tonight.
Walking into our apartment I was so surprised how much furniture and things we have / need. This is still something that I find amazing. For three months I lived without it and it does seem a bit overloaded now. I was trying to make some changes already and threw away a couple of things. Still, I am surprised to see all these things. As I read in a book, all things would take attention from ourselves, so it is best to have as little as possible. We’ll see how long this lasts It was easier for me to keep focused in Malawi – no idea if that was an evolution of me or my environment. But now I know what to do if my concentration starts fading.
I do enjoy the hot shower where water runs with the same temperature for the whole time and the fact that I do not need to bend while taking a shower. I also love my mattress – it is such a great feeling to sleep on a proper bed instead of some foam block. I love my kitchen, my office, my bathroom… I find it funny that the heating already started. There were days much colder than this in Blantyre and no heating anywhere. So I am very grateful for all this luxury I live in. If anyone things people in Europe are deprived of luxury due to recession, I can only say, that all we have here seems very luxurious. Even the fact that there is not so much dust in the air.
I am in Slovenia, but I do not feel like I have fully arrived yet. And I do like this feeling.
My Malawi blog ends here, but my thoughts don’t. If you enjoyed reading this, do follow me also on http://www.inspiris.eu/blog.