“I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.”

The day is perfectly beautiful; it’s so warm and sunny I have “unbattened” down the hatches and opened windows. I feel as if  sitting inside is wasting the day so I keep going out to the deck and just standing there to enjoy the warmth before the rain starts or it gets cold though I don’t know if either is predicted. Weather just changes so quickly this time of year. It rained last night. I never heard it. The only way I knew we had rain was the wet street.

Yesterday it rained during the ceremony. Fewer people were there than expected, but the hardy ones came anyway armed with umbrellas and wearing rain gear. I was a fashion statement, a fashion statement for Ghana anyway. A reporter from the Cape Times took my picture and interviewed me. She asked what were some of the difficulties of living in Ghana. I came up with a lack of cole slaw. She also asked about Peace Corps, and I said it was the most remarkable experience, an unequaled experience. She wanted to know about what I was wearing. I swear it was the matching hat which caught her eye!

I’m going out and about today. I have an appointment at noon then I can roam. I have no set destination, but I’ll stop if something catches my eye. Back roads are favorites of mine. I like to go places I’ve never been. You can never get lost on the Cape. When you hit the ocean, just go in the opposite direction. Almost any road will lead to a main road as there are so few of those. Figuring out where you are is usually easy.

On The Amazing Race last night they were in Bangil, Indonesian, and it was beautiful, strikingly beautiful. I immediately put it on my wish list of place to visit. I haven’t ever been to Asian so I’m figuring it might be, in a year or two, my next destination. That will give me time to plan the trip and save enough money.

I love my life, but for this, I wish I were wealthy. I could just pack a bag, book a trip and leave.

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16 Comments on ““I didn’t know that the world could be so mind-blowingly beautiful.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I cant get in to the Amazing Race this season – dont have much feeling for the teams and I have seen all the tasks before. Maybe too many distractions in the Land of the Bengal ?

    • My Dear Hedley,
      I just think they’re too nice to one another. Where’s the animosity, the foul language, the arguments at the airport and the name calling? Giving each other help? What is that?

  2. Birgit Says:

    Nicely written Cape Times article.
    (No public link from me, but it’s easy to find.)
    Happy roaming today! Maybe you find an Indonesian restaurant on the way?

  3. olof1 Says:

    A lack of cole slaw 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Rain all day at work but I don’t think we’ve had especially much here at home since the old boys were rather dry when I came home. I don’t think they have been in the dog house, they usually never are. But the grounds are so wet now that it’s hard to walk anywhere than on the roads, even out i the forest.

    Yes the back roads are usually the best ones but we have so many here that it’s easy to get lost. It’s not that far to any of the bigger roads but those smaler v´back roads can turn and turn so one doesn’t know where one is after a while 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      I still love cole slaw!!

      It never did rain here but it got windy and cloudy, but it also stayed warm. I’ll take clouds as long as it stays 70˚.

      Here you would always end up, at some point, at the ocean no matter which side of the cape you’re on, and in Ptown you’d run out of land.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Excellent article but no picture of the the hat!

    My cavalier attitude towards back roads extends to most of Mass and NH, eastern NY and coastal Maine. It’s the eastern seaboard. How lost can I get? If I hit the Canadian border or the ocean, I’ve gone too far. Besides, getting creatively lost is a splendid pasttime and adds more back roads to your life list making it harder to get lost in that area again.

    It was mostly sunny and warm up here today so I was out and about at least as far as the front door step. My front porch is under attack by ladybugs of several species. I’ve seen 9 spots, 2 spots, too many spots to count. They are looking to get inside for the winter but that way lies death so I keep scooting them out.

    Cole slaw? Really? 🙂 Enjoy the day!

    • Hi Caryn,
      Too bad-that was a great hat!

      I remember wandering in Rhode Island. I’d take wonderful little roads and wind up at the ocean, turn around, take another road and end right back to the ocean. For a little state, it took hours to pass through.

      You have lady bugs while I have mice. Gracie cornered another one the other day, a baby, so I’m guessing one of my squatters had a litter. I caught it and let it go outside. It was happy to jump into the box and be saved.

      I think it was the vegetables and the mayo, none of which Ghana had back then. While there I had my fill of tomatoes, onions and garden eggs, small eggplant looking things. I had tuber yam or rice every night for dinner. When I came home, i didn’t eat rice for the longest time.

  5. Bob Says:

    Was that Cole Slaw with or without mayo? I think they used to call the kind of day you had today as “Indian summer”. Is that not PC? Maybe it was a “Native American summer” day.

    If you go anywhere in Asia you should go through Hong Kong and spend a couple of days exploring that wonderful city. It’s China with a British accent.

    The amazing race is again amazing. I haven’t found my favorite team either but as the race goes on I think the sisters from Sri Lanka are strong competitors and they don’t wine so much.

    • Bob,
      Last year I called a day like today Indian summer and was corrected. It seems Indian summer days come after the first frost. I looked it up, and it is indeed a warm day some time after a frost.

      I like the twins also. They are personable and funny and I think they have the ability to won. I was amazed how well they did the fish display last week. The teams were excellent last night with all those dishes. Most got it done the first try.

      Hong Kong is on the list!

      • Caryn Says:

        Don’t know about down on the Cape but up here we had a frost before the lovely day we had yesterday so it was indeed Indian Summer.

  6. No frost here yet, Caryn.

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