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Dancing by the River

31 Aug

By the boat park

So I went night cycling last night around the city of Paris and the best part about it was when we were cycling by the river, and saw two groups of people drinking wine and dancing by the river. I had uncovered the treasure I was looking for! And why do I love dancing? I do believe there is a special connection with someone through dance, through being in sync with the music, and for that few seconds, share a moment.

I guess I did this irish circle dance where almost the whole dance floor changed partners, and I got to “meet” a whole bunch of different people, not speak, but just feel the tension between our hands and bodies and step into the beat at the precise moment, twirl and spin.

I was reminded of my brother’s song- Just Imagine, and the first line goes:

Imagine children of enemies, laughing together..
Just Imagine what love can do.

It was hard for me to come to France after coming from Ghana, especially after visiting the slave castles where so many were brutally tortured and killed and kept in slavery. And talking to some people here, when they travel to Africa, they say, being French, there still is a slight hostility towards them because of the painful past. And sometimes I ask myself- what if I were French? How do I relate to the world, knowing my ancestors had shed such blood? And how do I appreciate the castles, when I knew they were meant to enlarge the empire, meaning enslaving more people and taking over more territories as if it were a game to play? But maybe that’s the amazing power of forgiveness and the power of music and dance because last night, even in the parks, I saw people of all races laughing together, dancing together, sharing a moment together. We perhaps are the children of enemies, now laughing together, and it was a beautiful sight.

More pictures from the night cycle!

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Oldest clock in Paris

Oldest clock in Paris

Velib bikes!

Velib bikes!- Bike share program!

City Hall

City Hall, Paris

My velib!

My velib!

By a bookstore!

By a bookstore- library without boarders


The Butchery

26 Aug


In paris!

So I just arrived in Paris and it’s been SWEET! I met Raphaelle here and am in her sweet apartment! However, it’s been so crazy trying to adjust into a country where the streets are clean and everything is orderly, the butchery is spick and span and there are building everywhere. Compared to the markets in Ghana, it’s almost like a fairytale here.

It was so hard to leave Ghana, the people were just incredible. And it’s harder knowing that so many realities exist in the world and shifting from one to the other’s hard, and even in Ghana itself there was the Accra mall and then the Community 1 market in Tema. Even in France, everyone’s reality is so different and I know it’s going to be completely different in the Roma communities here. I guess that’s what world travel is about- being able to shift from reality to reality to the next and being able to connect with people no matter what the reality is, and getting into communities. Our good friend, Kwehkuu brought us to his home in Tema, to meet his kids, and it was the most beautiful experience to meet his family and see his story and his people. Maybe that’s travel.

More photos from Ghana HERE!

The bridge home

My Malawian sisters

With Mr Akita!


Outside the school!

With Rebecca, Suraj and Rev Solomon!

last night in Ghana with Rebecca, Suraj and Rev Solomon! 🙂

Sister bridget!

Red Red- yum!

At the local market in Comm1, Tema

At the local market in Comm1, Tema

Smile! You're in Kenya!

Smile, you're in Kenya!

Cha-lleh! Why not?

22 Aug

Cape coast!

I visited the slave castles yesterday and after seeing the dungeons of the slaves of the past, the canons and ships that were left at cape coast, I could help but feel a sense helplessness about the past but wonder at what we have today. In Ghana, as I’ve noted before, there is no bitterness towards visitors but the reverse – just joy and welcome. They call you Cha-lleh, or Sister and brother, you’re part of the Ghanaian family just by being here.

Also, it seem they have a instinct to be game for absolutely anything! Their first response is almost always “Why not?” There usually isn’t an answer. What a way to live. 🙂

– Meixi