Detour – a bit of winter

 

christmas 011  Before I am going to continue my African journey, a bit of Europe is in order, don’t you think? Since January has just begun and the cheerfully lit ornaments of snowmen and Santa on the sleigh haven’t been entirely removed from my South African, tropical neighbourhood, you might indeed enjoy a bit of a frostier destination.

To me, the new year hasn’t begun until I have had a chance to go on a walk meditating about who I am and what I want to do next while breathing in the new year’s air. As a mother of little children, that is not always immediately possible, cheerful walks with one boy on a bike and the other trying to climb out of the pram do not count as soul-searching aiming at arriving in the new time.

Growing up, I was blessed with an amazing dad. An acknowledged inventor, poet, passionate world changer, someone who would always try to get up after a fall, believing in the good, honest enough about the bad, he taught me the value of taking long walks in the clear mountain air, letting the complete silence of a snow-covered forest amplify the sounds of your own heart.

Even when we went as a whole family, minus 20 degrees Celsius kept at bay with warm jackets, snow boots and multiple scarfs, armed with Glühwein or a flask of rum to prevent hypothermia, crossing frozen lakes and icy mountain tops, there would be these special, intense moments of recapping the life passed and creating direction for the months ahead.

Do you want to travel with me for a moment through a German forest, to properly arrive in the new season? I included some pictures of my city as well, to give you an impression what winter is like. Very romantic, and very comforting to have a warm home filled with the smells of christmas cookies and the laughter of dear friends.

Snow glistening in January sun
Snow glistening in January sun

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During midwinter it never gets really bright
The heavy snow swallows all sound
No winter romance is complete without a sleigh ride
No winter romance is complete without a sleigh ride
You can build anything from snow including a giant lantern
You can build anything from snow including a giant lantern
The fireplace in a friend's cosy mountain cabin where we spend many cosy winter nights and happy summers
The fireplace in a friend’s cosy mountain cabin where we spend many cosy winter nights and happy summers
This is indeed a German worship band brightening up winter with happyness,
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Heavy snow swallowing any sound, lets you hear your own heart beat. Who am I when the world around me is coming to a stand still?
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Heaven knows we are made for sunshine. And yet, in times of shadows and frost, it is when we learn to know a true friend from a chancer … Who will hold your hand when it’s frozen from the cold?
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My beloved Papa

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