When the Germans made there ‘Autobahnen’ throughout their country the slogan was “Immer Gerade Aus” (=”Always straight forward”). I thought about that when I recently drove up North from our village. I also remember a true story from my youth when a German lost his way in my village of birth (Beneden-Leeuwen, Netherlands) and asked road directions to the bridge over the river. The old man he asked knew his German: “Immer gerade aus. Immer gerade aus”, the villager answered, “and at Hent de Kul turn right (the last part in his dialect and probably needless to say that ‘Hent de Kul’ was the name of another villager).
For the second picture I just turned myself around.
Sometimes I notice holiday makers rushing from one place to the other. They miss a lot and are sometimes even a danger for all that’s alive. Maybe it’s my age, I don’t know, but I drive in rural pace in the country side and enjoy. There are always surprises like earlier this week. Live and let live!
No photoshopping with this picture although I’ve used elements of it in several ‘imaginaries’. This is South Africa off-the-beaten-track or to be more specific; the Papiesvlei Road near Stanford in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. If you follow this road you’ll see somewhere in nowhere a traffic light (“Robot” in South African English). If it’s red keep on driving and if it’s green the restaurant is open and Henny (the local BBQ-specialist) will make you a delicious Farmers Dish with a real good Steak in the way you like it! And for a price that’s almost pre-historic…. Most tourists behave like sheep and packed in comfortable ‘cattle-buses’ only see (not ‘experience’) the known tourist traps. The few more adventurous travelers see and feel the true inner beauty of whatever country of region they explore. Going ‘nowhere slowly’ is most of the time cheaper as well…