My journey: Fear of flying

January 18, 2007 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

I’m about to set off on quite a long journey from my home in wild wet and windy north Wales, via London Heathrow and an 8-hour flight, to the temperate climate of East Africa (an estimated 27 degrees). I won’t arrive in Nairobi till tomorrow evening.

I’m alternating between dread and anticipation. I’ve travelled and worked around the world, including Africa, but only recently as a journalist – and I’ve never blogged. Suddenly in the middle of my middle-aged gap year, I find myself doing something I maybe dreamed of when I was young. And openDemocracy assures me that (like they do) I only need to work twenty-seven hours a day.

The World Social Forum is predicting 150,000 participants, 1,460 organisations and over 1,000 separate activities. How are we simply all going to move around and get to where we want to be? How am I going to manage to link up with the women I’ve had email contact with? I’ve carried out audits of large organisations, but not with everyone together at once. Frankly, I’m not a crowd person: I prefer one-to-one conversation.

Am I going to be carried along on a wave of euphoria or be submerged in a sea of voices? Probably both – and possibly at the same time.

I’m thinking it might be more comfortable to blog from home.

But according to the organisers:
‘there is no alternative to being there, amidst it all, participating, conversing, congregating, marching, singing, laughing, dancing, dreaming, networking and strategizing with sisters and brothers, friends and neighbours, colleagues and comrades from five continents…’

Nairobi, I’m on my way!


Entry filed under: Women in Africa.

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