We instantly feel at ease in these countries. It’s after the almost flawless form and function of Germany, Austria that overawes us, even intimidates us. It’s because of the uncanny likeness of Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria to home, to South Africa that re-assures us, even bolsters us.
The sheer excitement of living in a country in wobbling transition! We see the grim and the grubby. We feel the dilemmas and the energy. The apathy of the countryside recoils from the activism in the cities. The aspirations of the young ignore the pessimisms of the old.
We sense the histories of these countries still hurt. We know these present-day predicaments; at home they also mess with our minds every single day. We get it; the future ‘better life for all’ teeters on a tight rope.
Everywhere we see real people going about their business that matters. And at the end of everyday, we are choc-o-block full of reverence, solace and solidarity.
Here follow some photos that we hope reflect this ….