Intro: Since joining MyBlogLog, I have quickly got to know a number of web people - most of them with a deep interest in Africa. One of them is Szavanna, a Hungarian music lover currently living in South Africa. She discovered one of my posts and then submitted an article to the Beautiful Africa Carnival. As she was into doing interviews through Peopleized, she asked me if she could interview me. As I had to join first in order to answer any questions, I decided to beat her to it, interviewing her before she had the time to interview me. So here's my very first shot at peopleizing!
I thought of black people with colorful dresses, huts, sun, palm trees, elephants etc. I only arrived in Tunis in 1995 - before that I met a lot of people from many African countries - Mali, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana etc. - and I never stopped asking them questions - so by the time I arrived in Tunis - I had a much better picture than what had initially. Still the real experience is always different from what you have in your head. And I liked it. I really enjoyed my stay in Tunis, I felt home.
Well - I have been travelling around Europe, USA, and I didn't like the commercialisation, the big shopping malls, the material aspects of all of that. I always thought something is "wrong" with the "first world".
I thought I had to carry on and see places and people that live closer to each other, to nature, have a different outlook on things. I definitely think that I have so much to learn from this continent - I feel I haven't even started. So the heights - well music and rhythm and how art is present in daily life - I feel the cultures and music is so much source of knowledge about vital things.
Apart from that I am not sure if I can explain - but definitely there is something about Africa that draws me - I am really not sure why.