Roots Conciousness

Trip Start Oct 22, 2006
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Friday, February 16, 2007

So, almost two weeks have been spent here in Seychelles. I have learned alot about this "island paradise". I have also gained many friends. The first real friend that I made was Marie France. She is a wonderful Rasta woman, whom I met on the street, and we have since hung out quite a bit. I went to her sister's house with Tom last weekend. She has a lovely house up in the hills of Mahe. WE spent the day dancing, listening to good reggae music, cooking, eating , talking and smoking lots of weed and hash. It was wonderful. It really reminded me of home. Tom wasnt so comfortable as he doesnt dance, smoke or chat with women much, but I fit right in. WE even scored lots of fresh lemongrass, cinnamon leaves, allspice leaves, guava and seeds for making necklaces. The generosity of the Seychois is legendary.  I met a smart, concious rasta man, Evans, who lived in England for 8 years. We chilled, chatted and smoked weed. Actually I have made quite a few friends like that. Many ppl see me around the streets, and come up and chat and offer me to smoke weed, since they see that I am rasta. It makes it very easy for me to make friends, when ppl are so generous and friendly. Sometimes men just want a chance to chat with me, so they offer to share a smoke. Overall, the men and women are good natured. I have ventured around the island a bit more now, and seen a beautiful beach, and close by there was a fresh water waterfall, tucked away in the rocks and forest. It was so refreshing to take a cool waterfall shower on a hot day. I went with one of my new friends, Daniel and we sat by the falls, smoked weed and chatted. Nice way to spend a day. Last night I made my first appearance at the Barrel, the local nightclub. It was super fun. Marie france went with me and I met up with Evans there. The men were very friendly with us there, almost too much some of them. I dont drink any more, but Marie France got a bunch of free beers,a nd I smoked weed and hash with ppl all night!! The music was amazing, some bomb-ass dancehall was played. It reminded me a bit like Jamiaca, but again different. I danced soooo much all night, but still there is more dance in me to give. I think that I will go out again on Sunday with Marie France and Evans to the barrell again. I need to get all of this booty shaking out of me before we leave for Chargos where there is definitely no nightclub!! I have been super busy since I got here in Seychelles stocking up the boat, preparing and the like. I think that we are almost all ready, and we are scheduledto depart on Tuesday. I am not happy to leave Seychelles since I am just making some real good friends, and havent gotten a chance to see much yet.  I would love to come back. I really just cant stress enough how wonderful the ppl are here. For example, today, while I was passing the market, a man called me over, and gave me some fresh starfruit for free. His reasoning was that you cant just sell for money everyday and not give generously too. He said that he has plenty on his tree in his yard and just wanted to share. I am constantly having these types of encounters here. I have also been talking to the people and trying to understand what is really happening here in Seychelles behind the "island paradise facade". THe truth is that the government is a bunch of crooks and the police are crazy, controlling the ppl with an iron fist. I think that I will save that expose for another entry. It is amazing how much you can learn about a place and how quick when you keep your ear to the ground and talk alot with the people. I love to know what is really happening in every country that I visit, and not be just another ignorant tourist. It is actually my greatest fear to live like a tourist. It is easy to fall into for some, travelling so constantly from country to country as I do. It is easy to accept what you see and not make the effort to get to really know the people. I think that this is the biggest mistake of all. As a foriegner, I feel that I have a responsibility to let the ppl know what is goin on outside of their world, as not many ppl get a chance to travel as I do. It is also my responsibility to understand the conciousness of the people in every place I get to visit. The land speaks to me so easily without words, but I must make efforts to listen to the ppl. We must all. Like I said, though, I will write more another day about all that is going on here in Seychelles. I want to make sure that I can adequately express all that I see and hear here. Well, for now that should be enough, but I will defintley update once more before my big departure from civilization. Until then some food for thought:
Bob Marley Quotes

  Rastafari not a culture, it's a reality.

The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.

The power of philosophy floats through my head, light like a feather, heavy as lead.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!

Man is a universe within himself
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jackielloyd on

see you soon!!!
Hey Michelle, your email isn't working and I need to contact you about when I'm arriving. please send me a note and let me know how to reach you. Can't wait to get there!!

marieb. on

Dear Jackie,

I'm Marie, Tom's sister. Karaka was 'planning' to arrive in Madagascar end May to mid June. Their is no plan with Karaka and no internet or phone in the Chagos or at sea. So you will not get news from Michelle before they reach a town in Madagascar.

A bit more patience...


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