touch base

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Michael Twain

I don’t want to live an ordinary life when there is the chance of an extraordinary one.

I am an anthropologist, traveller, and aspiring writer. Every spare second and penny goes into planning the next madcap adventure, destined to land me in a far off land with weeks of new discoveries ahead, not to mention, happily, more often than not, a delightful travelling companion.

I have been endlessly lucky not only to have a family who support with enthusiasm and encouragement my travels, for all that they shake their heads in unsurprised bemusement when I announce the next grand plan, but also to have found two people with whom wild day dreams about where to go become a reality. My closest friend, Siany, and the other half of me, Callum.

For as long as I can remember, travelling and living in various different countries has been the central theme in my life. As a child, I grew up in Ethiopia, South Africa, and Australia, amongst others, and as a student I was inexorably drawn to a degree that allowed me to feed this passion: anthropology.  A fascinating and wonderful three years followed this decision, during which time I was able to read and write and discuss and learn about an amazing array of topics, finally in my third year stumbling across what were soon to become my real callings.  Africa, with its myriad cultures, religions, and beliefs, has always held sway over my imagination and heart, and since I was a little girl feeding lettuce to a tortoise in the garden of our Addis Ababa house, I have known with a deep conviction that that is where I belong. All that remained to work out was how exactly I could get there, and more than that, how I could be useful in the process.

Medical anthropology was to provide the answers.  Studying different approaches to, and beliefs surrounding, medicine gripped me – from voodoo and witchdoctors to herbal healing and spirit possession – and in particularly the complex practices of childbirth, and finally, in a moment of epiphany, I realised how I could, if I was lucky enough, and worked hard enough, bring all this together. And so now I embark on a midwifery course, with the hope finding myself a position somewhere in the shadow of the sun and bringing together a newly found practical knowledge and understanding of the Western approaches and the traditional beliefs  and practices of those I am surrounded by. Well… that’s the plan anyway.

email: indie.gandolfi@gmail.com

twitter: @IndieGandolfi

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Miriam Beard

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
Jawaharial Nehru

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