dream·scape


/ˈdrēmskāp/
 
noun
  1. a landscape or scene with the strangeness or mystery characteristic of dreams.
    “surrealism’s popular manifestations were the dreamscapes of Salvador Dali”
     
    “Red light flickered behind her closed eyelids, and when she opened them, she discovered that they were surrounded by flames.
    Let it burn….
    His sleek brow wrinkled, and he shook his head. Poor man looked conflicted, which was an interesting expression on a nightmare. “Your city is on fire.”
    She smiled languidly. “Ain’t it grand?”
    ― Erin Kellison
     
    “As the dreamscape around me grows clearer, I slip further away from it. The mind is a magical thing, I’m discovering. A dreamscape is made of thought and is wider than the sky, able to grow large enough to fit not just our own world, but every possibility and impossibility beyond it. Once I quit thinking of it as being forced into the laws of physics, it’s easy to manipulate the dreamscape into anything I want. I don’t know how I know all this, no more than I understand how I know things when I dream. I just do.
    I throw up my hand, and a wall rises between the orange grove and me. Behind the wall, I start creating the world I need in Representative Belles’s mind.”
    ― Beth Revis, The Body Electric
     

decipherment


decipherment – The analysis of documents written in ancient languages, where the language is unknown, or knowledge of the language has been lost.

Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.  ~Paulo Coelho

One thing I love about my job is having the opportunity to travel to and live in different countries long enough to really grow in my understanding of that country, its culture and history to how it has changed throughout history to form its present state of being.

My current position still has me traveling to different countries, but the time frame of staying is likely to be from a few weeks to a few months tops.  This puts a significant amount of pressure on my nature to find ways of gaining the 2-3 years of knowledge and experiences about a country into a shorter time-frame.  This will require me to find more spontaneous and eclectic ways to gain deeper insights.  Though decipherment refers more specifically to the written language, I like to think of it as an all encompassing visual, written, oral, and textile experience in a country.

Country 1 – Doha, Qatar

Lucky for me I am currently working with a group of girls that are as incentivized as I am to see as much of a country, as quickly as possible, from every angle and time period that we have here.

First idea – (not mine) take the metro.  Find your way from point A to point B with minimal knowledge of where we were going or what we would end up doing.  Brilliant that led to so many questions that we had to pick apart to fully understand.  A super insightful way to begin to understand how a country operates.  Destination – National Museum.

So you think you can understand something if you just look at the pictures.  Also, all directions were in both Arabic and English.  Easy peasy .. right?  First off, the yellow picture above was mistaken for an alien .. possibly part of a police force.  Apparently that just means train.  Uh.. duh..  I knew that.. … …

We bought general day pass tickets to use the train.  We get to the metro loading dock and have an option to go into the “standard”, “gold” or “family” doors.  Hmmm.. well.. we are friends but not family.  The gold door was obviously not what we paid for so it seemed “standard” fit the bill.  Except.  Only men stood at this door.  Nope. Not standard.  We followed a group of women into the “family” train.  Phew.. we made it.  Super clean and very quiet.

Then we arrive at the National Museum stop.  I could have spent half a day just walking around the outside of the building.  Just like many buildings in Doha, incredible architecture.  Multi-layered.  Reminded me of a Dr. Seuss book but in an incredibly subtle and balanced way.

The Importance of Architecture
At its roots, architecture exists to create the physical environment in which people live, but architecture is more than just the built environment, it’s also a part of our culture. It stands as a representation of how we see ourselves, as well as how we see the world.

All of this.. before we even enter the museum.  Due to a significant amount of construction going on around the city and at the museum, we were told that a fairly large part of the museum was closed.  We debated going in but then thought that as long as we were there we might as well see what we could see.  I am so glad we did.  From the moment we entered the museum, the mood was set. Music, lighting, audio and visual effects, that set the stage for an emotional journey.  Surprising as this was not my heritage or my country.  The setting was alive and vibrant in every area we entered.  Starting with this stark video image (mixed with many others) on the first wall.

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” – Charlotte Bronte

“Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.” – Samuel Richardson

“The eyes shout what the lips fear to say.” – William Henry

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – Victor Hugo

Anyways – So many quotes about eyes.  But there was so much more to see.  There was a movie playing in one area that I wanted to just sit and watch. Only music, no words, but the size of the screen and the images presented so clearly told a story that words were unnecessary.  At the end of the museum as we were about to leave, we were invited to visit the “special” room that consisted of glass beads and sculptures hanging from the ceiling that changed colors based on the music being played.

There were so many other installations within the gallery that included a children’s section that we took over and completely enjoyed, old cars, old phones, clothing and jewels from different eras, and interviews from the people associated with creating and building Doha.  Absolutely amazing and enlightening.  A must stop and see if you ever make it to Doha, Qatar.  So many more pictures but really, I’m going to let you discover this when you take the plunge and travel here.

In every country and region, there are practices and ways of living and culture that have been handed down from ancestors. Naturally, I feel that these should be respected. Shinzo Abe

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures. Cesar Chavez

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. Albert Camus

Diverse cultures: Understanding Culture; Disdain for Culture and the road to Fascism;The Value of Acceptance: Saying ‘Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything’; Around the world in 182 days: Namibia; Is it hard to make friends in a new country?; Lessons from Taoism: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times; Five Life-Changing Gifts of Travel; Tote Bag and Other Thoughts;  Give Peace a Chance;The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts; Acceptance;  A Guide to Belgium’s Customs & Culture

Wanderlust


~Wanderlust (n.) – Origin: German – Definition: A strong, innate, impulse or desire to travel the world.

“Life is a voyage that’s homeward bound. Stay on the right path. He that has patience may compass anything.”    ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.    ~ Stephan Hawking

Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills. ~ Radhanath Swami

“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.”  ~ Monique Duval

“In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”  ~Robert Lynd.

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.  ~Ibn Battuta

Still one of my favorite of all time quotes.

Travel isn’t always pretty.  It isn’t always comfortable.  Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart.  But that’s OK.  The journey changes you; it should change you.  It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body.  You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind. ~ Anthony Bourdain

Fellow Travelers:  Como para retirarse del mundo… Narrow escapeIn the middle of the squares of Man; Alaska::Scenery; Courtyard, Guadalajara, Mexico; Waiting… then they come in threes; Maps;

Wayfarer


Wayfarer (n.) – Origin: English – Definition: Someone who travels, especially on foot.

I love to hike and travel and walk towards the unknown.  Walking allows you to really take your time and observe the life and things around you.  I like walking with people and equally, walking alone.

So many footsteps later and I’m still walking and preferring to walk.  However, I have finally arrived back in the U.S. where I will be posted for the next two years and I actually forgot how difficult it can be to walk to things during your normal daily life.  Like restocking your food supply, picking out furniture, public transportation with an area rug.  Anything that requires more than two light bags of things to carry can be complicated and painful.

My car is still in transit and everything is close to where I live.  So I didn’t think walking would be an issue.   That is until I remembered how I shop.  Only 3 things needed today, easy peasy.  But wait.. wow.. i haven’t seen this in awhile.  25 items later… 20 minutes by foot later.. arms about to fall off later.. I broke down and bought a little red wagon.  Or as my sister likes to call it a foldable grocery cart.

I am dreaming of long hikes with only a backpack, or better yet.. just a water bottle.  No complaints though really.  I am still loving walking.  I will continue to walk.  I just have to become good friends with my newest and closest companion.. Why, hello Amazon..

By foot: Walking Beyond the Dark Forest; Best Foot ForwardForest Walking; Morning Lightwalking home; Better a bare foot than none-George Herbert; Victoria on footWalking the beach; Walking Blind; ON FOOT IN FRANCESometimes I feel like I’m walking on mars; Swiss SundayA Walking Tour of Naples; Foot-wearCalifornia beach walking; the shoe kind of hurts on the other footWalking in the Dark

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Peregrinate


Peregrinate (v.) – Origin: Latin – Definition: Travel or wander around from place to place.

To be free to wander and wonder.  What I see when I wonder and wander. I am me when I’m wonderfully wandering. Oftentimes wandering only in the world inside my head. Exploring moments overlooked and turning them into moments I can revisit.  Revisiting them and wondering why I didn’t enjoy them as much during the first visit. 

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”  

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

And when things start to happen,
Don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’ t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

“The Wanderer

What is she like?
I was told—
she is a
melancholy soul.

She is like
the sun to the night;
a momentary gold.

A star when dimmed
by dawning light;
the flicker of
a candle blown.

A lonely kite
lost in flight—
someone once
had flown.”
― Lang Leav

Bridge Tokyo, Japan

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
As you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
With many strange birds as you go.

So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s
A Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation. Jiddu Krishnamurti

delta orinoco, Venezueal

 

I’ll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I’ll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.
— Everett Ruess

 

 

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.

So…

“The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly–we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making. So it is with a life, anyone’s life. I may list things that might be described as my accomplishments in these few pages, but they are only shadows of the larger truth, fragments separated from the whole cycle of becoming. And if I can tell an old-time story now about a man who is walking about, waudjoset ndatlokugan, a forest lodge man, alesakamigwi udlagwedewugan, it is because I spent many years walking about myself, listening to voices that came not just from the people but from animals and trees and stones.”
― Joseph Bruchac

… get on your way! – Dr. Suess

wanderlings:  Nicolas; Erica; Pat; Brody; Mayank; Friderikeheuer; Aimee; Adam; Melanie; Dan; Leo; Mariah: Jenna; Emily;Trinity; Jocelyn; LukeMason; Ben; locksley; Liam; Michael; Seth