We are excited to present this personal travel story from one of our top ten Travel Writer Award finalists. Read more about the travel experiences of Katie Martinez.
Sometimes I watch people walking in the street from a high vantage point, like a balcony, and it amazes me how slow they are. My thought process will then usually turn into a series of questions; starting with confusion as to how we got to Europe from Africa at that pace and ending in the unavoidable realisation that the people who started the journey did not finish it, rather their children, or their children’s children must have. Then, because I am human, my thoughts return to myself, and I marvel in the idea that me, as a starter of a journey, and with the help of modern technology, am able to finish it.
As it turns out, I have actually had the chance to start and finish a journey that I like to refer to as life-school, because the person I am today would not exist were it not for all of the little hardships, the large ones, and all of the wonders that my two years in Sudan had to offer. When I talk about Sudan with European people, they have the tendency to act surprised as to how someone would chose freely to spend two years of their life in what they perceive to be a dangerous and hard-to-survive-in country. Let me tell you right off the bat that yes, South Sudan is dangerous, there is a war going on. But no, North Sudan is not.
There is no way in hell that less than 1000 words can begin to round up two years of anyone’s life, but I can fit in this:
Do not, under any circumstances, think you are done learning about a country, ever. And if you don’t cry when it’s time to leave, you have so much left to learn.
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