Burundi & Uganda 2013, new horizons, Writing Elsewhere

A thousand stories

July 9, 2013
"Travelling; it makes you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller" - Ibn Battuta

We walked up the dusty path, stones and dirt getting into my sandals, one hand holding my long skirt above my ankles to try and prevent it caking in dirt. A small grubby hand caught mine as it swung by my side and I looked down to see a shy smile tossed up in my direction before the little girl again concentrated on her steps – the path really being too narrow for two, but holding my hand seemed to be worth the hassle of being caught in briars and branches every few steps.

Her t-shirt said “Love is all you need” in confident large letters. I looked up the path we were heading along and thought perhaps it wasn’t all she needed. A school, would be nice. Maybe a health centre within half a days’ walk, so that she’d not have to live through more sibling deaths. Something to grow in this dusty barren land, so that her parents would have something to sell at the market, perhaps…


I’m guest blogging for my friend Ellie today, in part of her “Travel Diaries” series, while she is off travelling herself. Click over there to read the rest of my post…

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  • Narola

    I sit here at work scarfing down my lunch at my desk cos lots to do and little time to do it and to read your posts during this time knudges my lifes priorities back into perspective!
    This post like many of your others brings me tears of joy and inspiration.

    • fionalynne

      Thank you sweet Narola, so nice to see you here! x

  • Nicole Joshua

    Your words took me back to Bubanza and made me smile. Thank you for stirring good memories for me in this crazy busy space I’m in. I’m trying to be present in the moment, so I’m sitting on my couch breathing in quiet spaces and reading blogs – an absolute luxury now, but it slows me down 🙂 hope you are okay, my friend. Missing you.

    • fionalynne

      Miss you too. Meeting you was an absolute highlight. Thinking of you lots this week xxx

  • Thank you so much for this Fiona. You write so beautifully and it brings back wonderful memories.
    I’m going to re-post it onto my blog as it shares our experiences so wonderfully. I hope you are well xxx

    • fionalynne

      Thank you hun! Hope you had a wonderful trip “home” to the UK and are now settling in back “home” in Cape Town 😉