The amazing solitude of Namibia – particularly the Sossusvlei – has inspired me beyond explanation. And so I’ve put down a few of my favourite quotes, paired with images from my journey through the vlei. It sums things up far better than I could in words. Enjoy!
“Why has the pleasure of slowness disappeared? Ah where have they gone the amblers of yesteryear, where have they gone, those loafing heroes of folk song, those vagabonds whom roam from one mill to another and bed down under the stars?” Slowness Milan Kundera
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion. – African Proverb
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
“What I most want is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I’ve lived too long where I can be reached.” – Rumi
“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.” ― Simone de Beauvoir
What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. – Ellen Burstyn
No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. – Jack Kerouac