This time I found myself dipping my feet in the rushing cold waters of a river with a rocky bed at Kirima ward in Moshi rural, Kilimanjaro (whose name I’m yet to know). In this journey, I wasn’t traveling to learn about the town so I didn’t bother to find a guide or to ask many questions in fact I only asked 3 questions about the town –
- where can I find a mosque, is it far?
- how can I get down to that river?
The town is low density and isn’t much different from other villages I have been to within Kilimanjaro region with the exception that it has quite a number of streams and rivers. It took a 1000 shillings dala-dala ride, a further 1500 shillings motor bike ride, a short hike, a jump and a fall to get there but it was well worth it. As you go down the road you hear the soothing sounds of the waters rushing down against the rocks, in an otherwise silent bank amidst a beautiful backdrop of green shrubs and trees among them avocados.
Before I embarked on this journey, I feared that I may get lost in a strange place and may not find my way back or be subjected to inconveniences I couldn’t think of. But sitting on the huge rock boulders within the river bed, I felt content. This is my life, my heart guided me here. I went against all the fears of not knowing what I would find and I found contentment.
I live the ‘a whole new world’ experience every time I travel physically, mentally and spiritually. Every turn is a surprise, with new horizons to pursue.
Traveling makes me feel like Disney world’s princess Jasmine, trying to break from convention; to free myself from what is expected of me, follow my heart, open my eyes and experience wonder by wonder. Traveling is more than sight seeing, it’s more than just the waterfalls, the lions and the plains. It opens my heart and soul to a fantastic point of view; changes my insight and perspective allowing me to find pieces of myself I never knew.
Through traveling I have learnt that if I have the courage to face the unexpected and trust someone else to guide me through a thrilling chase, there are a thousand things to see and wondrous places to be. Once I get over my fears, I’m usually quite simple in the way I travel, no complicated planning; just get up and go off!
I’m striving to make my style of travel into my way of life; keep it simple, listen to advice but follow your heart. And most importantly dare to go off the conventional path. There is always a hidden treasure in places where most won’t dare approach, a cave of wonders.
How does traveling make you feel?