My bottles of earth & water from travels afar have finally been made spill-proof. If you've read DISPATCH for awhile you might know that I collect water & soil samples from places I visit. I like hearing the tiny shells tinkle agains the glass when I pick them up. Enjoy staring at the street rubble and imagining how it felt as it crunched under my feet. Or how I dug down into the sand with my toes when I stood at those distant shores. ...remembering if the sun shone on the day they were collected. Or if storm clouds gathered overhead. I have miniature seas and oceans contained between glass. Just little parts of the world I like to gather around me.
After several close encounters with high-speed torpedo catters and toppled bottles I decided to seal 'em up! I used sealing wax from a brewery that I found online.
The most recent one from Pamucak Beach in Turkey says, "We swam in the sea and tried to do handstands!" I loved that day. Bobbing in the water with my sister. Trying over and over again to do handstands. Seeing who could float the longest on her back before capsizing. Even though my sister cheated and counted extra slow when I was on my back and couldn't hear her, I think I still won! Afterwards we put clothes over our wet swim costumes and drove up a narrow mountain road to a little village, drank fruit wine, and had Turkish appetizers. The sun was setting when we drove back down the mountain. I remember that.
It was sunny and lovely today. I'm enjoying my respite from work so so much, but I've also been thinking a lot about the people in Libya fighting & dying for their freedom. Especially the ones who are afraid to leave their homes. One woman in particular who was having phone conversations with Anderson Cooper at night which he broadcast. Heart wrenching. So many Libyan citizens taking such risks to get their stories out to the rest of the world. And across the Middle East great waves of people yearning to be heard and seen. I couldn't let another day pass without mentioning it here on the blog. Because I'm thinking about it and rooting for that great sea of humanity a continent and ocean away. Sending you hope dear Libya. You aren't alone. The heart of the world is watching.
And If you're curious about Libya like I am here is a travel video. It's long, but beautiful.