With Us

"Even if you're not a seeker,

still, follow us, keep searching with us.
Even if you don't know how
to play and sing,
you'll become like us;
with us you'll start singing and dancing.

Even if you are Qarun, the richest of kings,
when you fall in love,
you'll become a beggar.
Though you are a sultan, like us you'll become a slave.

One candle of this gathering
is worth a hundred candles; it's light is as great.
Either you are alive or dead.
You'll come back to life with us.

Unbind your feet.
Show the rose garden---
start laughing with your whole body,
like a rose, like us.

Put on the mantle for a moment
and see the ones whose hearts are alive.
Then, throw out your satin dress
and cover yourself with a cloak, like us.

When a seed falls into the ground,
it germinates, grows, and becomes a tree:
if you understand these symbols,
you'll follow us, and fall to the ground with us.

God's Shams of Tabriz says
to the heart's bud,
"If your eyes are opened,
you'll see the things worth seeing."

-Rumi

Saturday, October 4, 2008

We made it...

After being questioned by airport security, getting directed to wrong terminals (twice), getting frisked by a lovely young security lady, and 23 hours of being trapped in a flying metal object... we are here! We arrived in Cape Town 2 days ago and found our way to a friend of a friend's house (thank you greg!). They've been wonderful to use and have given us lots of great advise for traveling. They even cooked us an amazing meal last night - Springbok! yum. :)

Yesterday Abby and I took the train along the coast toward the cape and watched breaching whales feeding ridiculously close to the shoreline. Then we found our way with a little help to the african penguins! Aaaannnnddd (wait for it)..... I got video of some hump action! It was beautiful. Birds are so exciting.

Today we might try to head up Table Mountain if the weather permits... looks iffy. Then we leave on the BAZ bus Sunday and head up the coast toward Johannesburg via Swaziland with a detour in Mozambique. And four days in Kruger just before we fly to Zambia on the 30th.

I miss everyone. Meet me in Africa.

3 comments:

Gregory said...

awesome....glad you're having a good time so far! cape town's a great place to start an adventure. hope the weather cleared and you were able to go up the mountain. it's sweet up there. next time we talk we can bray like african penguins. awesome.

Kristen said...

I just read them all and I have the adoration!
Your trip sounds so revealing, exciting, and important! Please don't stay there forever because it sounds like there are pictures I NEED to see. Penguins hump??????

Carina said...

oh! let's share airport security stories when you return! i'm catching up on your blog right now...love it. humping penquins...i echo kristen...they hump?

can't believe your over there on that continent we love.