Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

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I went for a walk around my neigh­bour­hood this morn­ing and de­lib­er­ately turned down all the roads that I have never been down be­fore. As well as dis­cov­er­ing that my neigh­bours have an un­nat­u­ral ob­ses­sion with or­ange Clivias, I also found that not only is there a li­brary just down the road from me, there is also a gallery, a yoga stu­dio, a lawyer’s of­fice, an in­ter­na­tional em­bassy, a va­ri­ety of restau­rants, and even a tat­too par­lour! It’s pretty re­as­sur­ing to un­cover all of this in the space of an hour’s ram­ble, and to know that I am now ba­si­cally cov­ered for what­ever life throws at me – from a di­vorce to a kim­chi cri­sis! And that was just within a 5 km ra­dius of my house.

Sim­i­larly, the other day when walk­ing around my favourite mall with a friend, she lead me down a short­cut that I had no idea ex­isted, and which ef­fec­tively cut a good five min­utes from the time it usu­ally takes to walk from the Woolies on the one end of the mall to the cool cof­fee shop and the ATM on the other. At first I was slightly an­noyed that I had spent the past how­ever many years walk­ing the long way round, but then I re­alised that there is quite a lot of sat­is­fac­tion to be de­rived from dis­cov­er­ing some­thing com­pletely new, in a place that you thought you al­ready knew so well.

Like when I lived in Joburg dur­ing my stu­dent days and would al­ways take the same route home ev­ery day. Then one day, for some in­ex­pli­ca­ble rea­son, I turned down a dif­fer­ent road en route and made the most amaz­ing dis­cov­er­ing – the “wheee!” bump. This par­tic­u­lar road was built in such a way that at one point you could roar down a steep in­cline, come up a slight hill and, at just the right speed, launch your­self over a bump that would have you bliss­fully air­borne for enough time to let out a deliri­ous “whee!” be­fore you came back down to earth. It sounds like a mi­nor thing (and I am sure it wasn’t the best thing for my lit­tle Citi Golf ei­ther), but that par­tic­u­lar dis­cov­ery cheered me up on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions when I’d had a bad day.

Noth­ing can beat the ex­cite­ment and sense of ad­ven­ture you feel when you travel to dif­fer­ent coun­tries, im­merse your­self in other cul­tures and tra­di­tions, taste new food, and look at the world from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Or in­deed, get the op­por­tu­nity to travel around your own coun­try and dis­cover places you have never been be­fore. How­ever, it’s also amaz­ing when you fi­nally re­alise that you don’t need a plane ticket, a suit­case and a travel itin­er­ary to still make new dis­cov­er­ies and have com­pletely un­ex­pected en­coun­ters ev­ery day. All you have to do is have the courage to step out­side your front door with your eyes wide open and change your route ev­ery once and a while.

Happy ex­plor­ing!

Nicky Fur­niss Ed­i­tor

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