last week was site announcement for all the trainees.
then everybody split up for a week to preview their new home.
a preview where you felt welcomed and wanted. and where you can’t wait to move to.
but also, you had two moments of realization.
something obvious that you saw but never really did see until you came to your new village in mali.
let’s jump back in time to where you were nothing but happy.
in no particular order…
the seine in normandy.
the rhine in strasbourg.
the saône in lyon.
the garonne in the gironde.
the thames in london.
the somme in amiens.
the brazos in texas.
the leie in ghent.
the iton in evreux.
the scheldt in antwerp.
the loire in nantes.
the liwu in taiwan.
the lez next to montpellier.
the ljubljanica in ljubljana.
the trinity in texas.
the red river in shreveport.
the loire (again) in tours.
the nameless stream in the alpes-maritimes.
the douro in porto.
the rhine in basel.
the neckar in heidelberg.
the saint lawrence in quebec.
the niger in mali.
here is realization number one: rivers connect the mountains to the sea.
so while you were playing your mountain vs. ocean game last year, it’s only a few days ago that you realized you overlooked perhaps the most important (and obvious) part.
the question of mountain vs. ocean, the question of staying vs. leaving, the question of sleeping vs. dancing – it was the wrong question. because these two things you thought were opposites are in fact connected.
by rivers. there’s not a mountain that isn’t linked somehow to the sea by a river.
the second realization – the one where suddenly everything made sense - a trip to the niger river is needed first before it can be explained in this journal.