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  1. Ale – you kill me. I read all of these and laughed. Not only are you a great writer, but it turns out you are a great philosopher too!!! 🙂

    • ahh, thanks. Turns out I can turn these dramatics into funny writing. There has been much suffering here! 🙂

  2. Remember most people that have a first time home, start out with furniture from their parents. It can take many years to buy all the furniture you really want/need. What you are doing is very hard. But would also love to hear what Tristan thinks. 🙂 Glad you guys are safe. Love your writing, it’s great that you can laugh about it all!

    • sadly our parents don’t live anywhere close to us. We do have a lot of family heirlooms we’ve been unpacking though and that has been fun

    • haha thanks! There a few more stories in the blog if you want to have a read. Otherwise I’m sure lockdown will make my creative writing keep going!

  3. This story is priceless, so i guess you didn’t pay to much 😉 Thank you for sharing, brought back many memories.

    • haha well, it’s the silver lining rather. We got the carpet AND a good story to tell

  4. Ale, thanks for sharing have enjoyed this soooo much. Keep writing and enjoy your blue carpet.

  5. Another great story, love the rug and now you have a place for it! Can’t believe you carried it the whole trip.

    • Tranquilo que ya tengo el inicio de tu blog “cuando finalmente pudo venir, el mundo desate la 8tva peste”. Por lo menos mantenemos la tragicomedia

  6. definitivamente la vena de escritora la tienes. la alfombra es espectacular, a pesar de todo lo que tuviste que luchar para no caer en la tentación de comprarla. Felicidades un abrazo enorme a los dos

    • jajaja que conste que no fue mi tentación sino la de T y la falta de ayuda de mi madre! Todavia la veo y me río porque no se cómo terminé con ella

  7. Love your blogs……..this story brings back memories of our visit to the RoseBank Arts & Craft Market in Johannesburg. It seemed like a nice small shopping market, but there was that flight of stairs that took you to the basement, where it was wall to wall shops owned by different vendors. all was calm until you purchased your first item. When vendors witnessed you purchasing from another vendor, you were swarmed like a disturbed nest of wasp as you walked out of the shop. All wanting to show you what they were selling, trying to make deals before you even saw their wares. While I didn’t pass up the chance to make some really good bargains before I couldn’t handle it any longer, I was happy to go back up to the ground level and shop in peace and pay a little more just for my sanity 🙂
    I bet you have a perfect place now for that Special Blue Aladdin’s carpet!!

    • Thanks Mauricia! Bartering on street markets can be quite something. Although sometimes it’s a lot fun I think you can get overwhelmed pretty quickly because once you have purchased something, everybody will know and will try to get you to buy something else. I have another similar story about “Congo cushions” but I think I will leave it at that for now.
      The carpet now lives with us in our bedroom, I hope it will save my knees from instantly freezing during the winter morning.

  8. This is funny as I’ve been to Turkey three times and have two beautiful, small, Turkish rugs myself! Good choice you will never regret! And the bartering is frustrating and fun depending.

    • Maybe it depends on how much you want what’s on offer? Really hoping we don’t end up with another carpet again! haha

  9. Ahhhh, Ale, the emotions you describe happen to me frequently in NYC. At the end of the Rabbit Hole is the question of which came first: poaching and trafficking in wild animals? Or human need to have the most unusual striking-looking pet (or food delicacy or mystical medical cure)? And how did it get so out of hand, globally? Mostly, I believe, the human need in the digital age is to have the most photogenic unusual looking animal they can to have their social media posts go viral and maybe even land in the newspapers or tv. My blood pressure is spiking. Great discussion. Thought provoking.

    • Well I suppose since the beginning of time us humans have had a passion for anything exotic, you can find record of exotic pets even in ancient Rome and Egypt. Now it’s fueled even more by the instant gratification of social media but there has to be a deep rooted psychological reason for this. Not everyone I’ve met that has an exotic pet does so “for the likes” a lot of people genuinely love their companions and go the extra mile for them. I just think the issue is way bigger than what we think

      • Yes. Not everyone who has a captive wild animal mistreats it. You’ve got me thinking even more now LOL. I agree the issue is way bigger than we think. I think it’s in our dna really, the need to connect with nature and wild animals — all animals really.. How we treat them probably is based on how we’ve been treated, there are also cultural beliefs. Definitely a complex thing. Consciousness raising?

  10. Ale, you are wise beyond your years. i love your blogs. i look forward to them. i always learn so much from them, things that make me stop and think about my own life. i’m conflicted when it comes to zoos but definitely against people owning exotic animals as pets. here in illinois USA the zoos have no more pachyderms. i’m happy that my state will not remove these creatures from their natal homes. thank you for another great story Ale. i look forward to the next one.

    • I understand keeping animals that have never been in the wild to an extent but every new wild animal that finds a human home I’m sure comes at a high cost for the wild populations. Some zoos do some fantastic research and conservation work, but not all of them. It’s a very tricky situation this one.

  11. Maybe your sentence “I keep going back and wondering why I was so bothered by this situation.” is based on the fact it’s not natural yet constantly happens. I follow your sentiments.

    • Maybe, it was just such an odd situation. How do you handle something like this?

      • Hi Ale. For me, it would depend on how I’m feeling at the time. I have a fiery temperament and if I am seething inside, I try not to say or do anything. I’m not very polite and don’t mince words in the face of things like that. Mostly, I encounter people being irresponsible with their dogs. I will try and speak with someone if I can. Once, on the bus, I overheard a child chatting with her grandma because she wanted to go and buy a dog. The circumstances were such that I was able to say hello and chat with them about choosing a puppy etc. And, calmly explain about retail pet shops and where the puppies come from. Then I pulled out my phone and shared a few links to local rescue groups I’ve worked with. In your situation, with someone who already has the animal especially one that is meant to be wild, you did the right thing IMO because there wasn’t anything you could say that would help, prevent them from buying the monkey, educate them. It would be like trying to talk paint off a wall.

  12. Love reading your blog! You bring such joy and humor..will the giraffe prints be available?

    • Thank you!
      I have uploaded both the file so you should be able to purchase the giraffes as well

  13. Hi Ale! I was trying to order one of the posters but the site won’t let me check out…

    • Hi Yvonne,
      Have made changes on the checkout page, please try again and let me know if it doesn’t work.
      Apologies for the inconveniences

  14. Ale, I really hope that you get to go back home as soon as possible. We are all unable to go to the people or places that we love and sadly take for granted that we can always visit when we choose. It’s wonderful to see Tristan again , thank you for lending him to us 😉. Hopefully you can both go and see the lilies together .x

    • sharing is caring as they say! This pandemic has added a whole load of things we take for granted that we should be grateful for every day

      • Occasionally in one’s life there are moments when the curtains part a little to reveal a beauty beyond what we normally experience. These moments are very special indeed. I have had a few of these in my 70+ years, but they are rare. I think we are possilbly the only species that can appreciate beauty, but we can’t know that. Science primarily guides us – and rightly so, but philosophy suggests that beauty can only be experienced as a reflection of our own ‘soul’ for want of a better word. So, in us an inner space exists that is exquisite. I wish you more of these experiences Ale. xx

  15. Occasionally in one’s life there are moments when the curtains part a little to reveal a beauty beyond what we normally experience. These moments are very special indeed. I have had a few of these in my 70+ years, but they are rare. I think we are possilbly the only species that can appreciate beauty, but we can’t know that. Science primarily guides us – and rightly so, but philosophy suggests that beauty can only be experienced as a reflection of our own ‘soul’ for want of a better word. So, in us an inner space exists that is exquisite. I wish you more of these experiences Ale. xx

    • wow, thanks for this and for insightful comment. It’s a moment that has stuck with me and perhaps I’ve been revisiting as I crave the serenity of it during these times. Thank you.