April 8, 2020
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Working from home.
That’s what I had on my agenda today.
Turns out.

I would not be working from home today. 

Instead… I slept until nine thiiiirty.
Finished reading All the light you cannot see (just read it. It’s that good.).
Checked Social Media.
Said Yes to join the next-door neighbor for a PoGo-raid at the playground down the street, so quickly did my daily Seven and then didn’t have time to get dressed so walked barefoot, with uncombed hair in my bathrobe and managed to snag a Landorus.

Got dressed. Had breakfast, or lunch, more like it?
Handed over receipts and invoices to my Jenny who came over, having a sit-down for half an hour or so, to catch up. 

By now it’s 1 pm. This is when I truly decided that No, I will not be doing any work today.
So instead, I went for a barefoot walk.
Returned All the light you cannot see to the library (just read it. It’s THAT good.).
Went home and sat in the garden for the rest of the Buddhas by the roadside-episode that accompanied me on my walk.

Went inside. Laid down on my bed, keeping Pop company, read a few pages on another book, talked a bit to Alma, read some more. Did my Wim Hof deep-breathing exercise.

Went bike-riding while Alma went to buy Indian take away… which turned into a falafel instead. Ganesha closed on account of Corona. Bummer.

Time-coded the uncut episode of Buddhas by the roadside from the 7th of April, while writing a daily for The Creative’s Workshop.

And now… blog post published, will finish watching an episode of The English Game on Netflix, play a tune or two on my guitar, and then, head off to bed.

Tomorrow is another day! And tomorrow, I will be working. At least some…

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Advent Calendar – December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019
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I went on a short trek along the beach in Malindi, on one of the two afternoons of unscheduled time I had during the entire Kenya-trip. The beach of Scorpio Villas was like something straight out of a painting of Paradise. To the north, it ended with a small cape, with an alluring Pokémon Go-stop named Vasco da Gama monument. (Yes. I play PoGo, still. And no, I deliberately didn’t purchase a data package for my phone in Kenya, so the only places where I could catch a few Pokémons was when I had wifi, which I did, at Scorpio Villas. I could see the PoGo-stop, from my bungalow, but the wifi did not extend all the way to the monument.)

So I convinced Jonatan to tag along, to see what that monument was. Along the way, we encountered a local fisherman, who was eager to show us around. He pointed down a road, saying That’s there the monument is. It will cost you 80 KSH though, and that’s when I lost interest, as I was dressed in a bikini and a sarong, with no cash on me. Or rather, I wanted to continue north, to the beach on the other side of the cape, to see if the monument was visible from there.

He ensured us it was, and continued with his storytelling as we walked on. He told us da Gama actually did take off from this small cape, upon heading east over the Indian Ocean, only to continue to tell us about the small fishermen’s village we passed to the north of the cape. And yes, as we came a bit further along, I did get to see the monument. But even better, when we got down on the beach, totally different in looks from the paradisic beach outside our hotel, he bent down, placed his hands on the sand, stood still for a few seconds and then brought his hands up, saying This is the Golden Beach.

Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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