I am back home after my Saturday morning photo walk. Today I have been walking in parts of Trondheim where I have never been before, and the photos and the tales will be posted tomorrow, or another day.........
I can´t remember last time I had a Saturday morning photo walks. The weekends have been filled with so many other things.......but when I look back, I realise that the photo walks have been there, all the same, though not in Trondheim.
Like a week ago. It was my last day in Ethiopia. We were in Lalibela. I packed my suitcase, my backpack and my camera bag, not knowing until a few days later that a bunch of fleas decided to come with me up north. After breakfast we were picked up by a prebooked car with a driver and our guide from the previous day. The drive from Lalibela to the tiny little domestic airport takes about half an hour.
Last Saturday it took longer. It was market day in Lalibela, like all Saturdays, and the road was filled with people walking in from the nearby villages and the remote mountains.
"Everybody comes to town on the market days" our guide told us. And he continued; "For many years I used to work up in the mountains, for Plan International. It took us five hours to walk from where I lived to Lalibela. On market days we always walked there, the five hours in the morning, then another five hours back in the afternood. As I worked as a teacher, I had nothing to sell. I walked there to meet people. And to have coffee!"
Most people carried with them what they were going to sell at the market. Some had heavy loads. Others had a hen, a few potatoes, a twig of herbs. If they could sell their goods they got money, or may be they could trade, tef (the grass they use to make injera, the typical sourdough pancake eaten everywhere) in exchange for a few coffee beans, a few papayas for some meat, cotton for a little sugar.......
My thoughts wander. I put away my camera and shot images with my heart instead. I reflect upon the life I am living. Where I can walk over to our local gvrocery store and buy whatever I want. Where my main concern is - there is so much to choose from, I have no idea what to make for dinner tonight.......
In Ethiopia people are lucky if they get one dinner a month with meat. In the news I read that in Norway an average consumer eat 77 kilo meat per year!
The school of life has something to teach us. Every day.