About my last night in Austria.
One of the rare cloud free nights - one of the coldest too, where my bare hands sent me back to the childhood memories of scraping ice from the freezer to play with
Zinken, 1854 was the first mountain I hiked up to when arriving in my estranged motherland, dwelving in some forgotten roots out here, I was once again the stranger in a motherland .
My bedroom window looked over it.
It was a natural thing to do. Walk the land and the mountains to sense the place. Up Zinken I could have a look on the whole valley and both Lakes, and even the house.
A mountain or a lake, a place in nature doesnt require me to speak a specific vocal language, it gives itself freely , it only requires me to tune to a frequency, and dialogue with the nature its stones, weather, water, dangers and other earthy vocabularies, and where i am responsible for each step I take. Where I come from takes a different meaning, a geographical one and a life path.
Humans have come to shape the landscape and think of it as mere backdrop tp serve their needs and stage their act. Yet I think there is more a landscape can tell about its inhabitant .
Interestingly my mother who grew up here never hiked up it, or the many others I went up to.
She had never been allowed to go roam on her own.
Yet my life has always been about going to places, new and foreign, tame and wild, on my own, real and imaginary, where the curiosity towards the strange and otherness was a fuel. It may well be because I was always the other and the strange, at home and at school, in homeland and otherland. It doesnt matter really, to feel foreign and belonging, having an ability feel a connection and disconnection anywhere, it is freedom after all. The question where are you from becomes an increasingly foreign concept
Driving home, taking a different route than usual and coming across this small pond at sunset, not exactly bad luck. One thing that was less pleasant; I forgot my jacket while temperatures were below zero! Oops! ❄️
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