Confidence is something I always find wanting in myself. Though greatly improved through my experiences over the last few years, I constantly come across situations that require confidence. Today, Saturday, I decided to go for a bike ride into the country. My purpose was to take photos, and it was in this that my confidence was tested. Packing enough water to survive the trip, I set out on my mini adventure. A 40 minute bike ride found me in the middle of nowhere. I was in one of those rare places where you can’t hear any civilisation. No cars, no factories, no buzz of electricity…just the wind, and the squeak of my bike, pressing on through the dirt roads. Maybe it’s not as rare to find it here in Ghana, but there is a feeling of freedom that comes with the silence.
As I passed through savannah land I stopped to admire the view, the sound and the smell. Flies fiddling with my ear, and sweat on my brow. It was nice to take pictures of the silence…but it wasn’t satisfying enough. I wanted to photograph the people, the culture and lifestyle. In the distance I saw a lady sifting sand from hay, and another lady carrying a pot on her head. This time I was on my own, with no one to translate for me, and these country people don’t speak English. It took a few minutes of standing under the sun, thinking of the possibilities before I decided to brave the culture clash and go and ask them if I could take photos of them. Success!!! Confidence boosted, and a great few hours out!
My activities this week have gone beyond the conscious world as well. Because of my Larium, anti-malaria medication, I have been having dreams every single night!! Sometimes more than one. I have been swimming in some huge pool with friends, climbing mountains and taking some incredible photos of nature in Finland, even sailing a sand ship through Ghana!!! Going to sleep is an exciting prospect, wondering what adventures I will have during the night. Take care everyone!
Here is a panoramic view of the countryside. Click on it to see the large version: