For as long as I can remember, I've always been the type that wished I was somewhere else. There was that time when I was 14 or 15 years old, when Lyn and I formed an elaborate plan to post ourselves to Boston, Massachusetts, through air mail. We were both avid New Kids on the Block fans even though the group had disbanded years before. But after hearing that a woman had posted herself to Sylvester Stallone’s house, we decided to do the same. I even had Joey and Jonathan's physical addresses (my natural stalker tendencies and abilities evident from those days, and a freaking brilliant stalker I was too). We even worked out how we would do it but the lack of cash at the time derailed our plans. Ironically, at the time a flight would have been cheaper than the postage fees, but we really wanted to try out postage services because there'd be no visa required..."Fragile, This side up, Handle with care" LOL.
Then when I was around 16 ot 17, I toyed with the idea of living, working and studying in New York, USA. So much so, that this became my goal and I was adamant that I wanted to move to New York for 4 years after that. I did my research, and I even knew where I wanted to stay etc. I was really clued up about it...until 9/11 happened. Then all my hopes and dreams came crashing down with those twin towers. And I was like "never mind...not after this".
I think what really deterred me was Lyn's phonecall from Chicago a couple of weeks after the attacks. She said that paranoia wrapped the country like a blanket and that as brown people, they were experiencing alot of Racism, Islamaphobia and Xenophobia...and they weren't even Muslim! So I didn't want any complications and I didn't want to have to experience problems because of who I am and I subsequently canned the idea.
London happened out of the blue. Honestly, I had NO intention of going to the UK. It never appealed to me. I didn't even think about it until a good friend suggested it. By this time, I had just graduated and had had a hectic job in the Private Investigating field for 2 and a half years. I wanted to leave the job to move further up in my career, but didn't quite know if I could get an equally stimulating job in SA at the age of 22...so I thought that if I can't get the excitment and challenge I need in a different job, then I'm going to get it from a different country. And thats when London happened.
After London, I was seriously seriously thinking about Dubai. Dubai appealed to me for the obvious reasons...its a predominantly Muslim country and also contemporary, cosmopolitan and diverse. That ended when there was that terrorist attack there too (don't ask me which one, because there were so many...I wish the terrorists could leave all my destinations alone).
Wellington, New Zealand seemed appealing when I was watching "Location, Location, Location" one day in my flat in Maida Vale on BBC1 or 2...(can't quite remember). It still lingers in my mind every so now and then...
Vancouver and Toronto, Canada made their appearance when I was around 24 and decided to go back to University to do a business-related degree. I did my research and even passed the immigration eligibility test. But I've always been two minded about it for some reason. It also lingers in my mind, so it's not completely out of the question.
Perth, Australia made it's debut when I watched Salaam/Namaste for the first time. But I've never taken Australia seriously. I'd like to go there some day for a visit, but to live there? Lets just say it's not in my top 10.
And so through the years, many countries featured (& still do) in my little play. Ireland, Paris-France, Seattle-USA, Cairo-Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Seychelles, Grand Cayman Island, maybe back to London...
Don't get me wrong. I do love South Africa. But I'm a true Musafir. A Traveller. A Gypsy of sorts. And my home is not in one specific place. It's where ever I choose to make it. And while SA is still numero uno because of genetic ties, I still believe that I was meant to roam and wander to the far reaches of the planet, to learn, seek knowledge and explore. After all, I am the Oyster and the world is my pearl.