A mere 140km from Cape Town lies a quaint little village called Porterville. That’s the place we’ve been calling home for the past 4 years. During the first couple of months it was terrible. A real love-hate situation. When you live in the city the whole idea of scaling down, living simple, keeping chickens and a pig in your front garden and harvesting your own fruit, vegetables and herbs, seems extremely romantic. But the reality of bad cellphone and internet reception, empty shop shelves and a total lack of entertainment in the sense of movies, restaurants and game arcades for the kids, hits you faster and harder that you would ever have dreamt.
Perhaps that’s what they call adjustment. Change. Growing into a different person – a person who has to look at who he really is and face his dark side, his fears and angers. A person who is allowed to be sad when he sees a hungry child on the pavement. Happy or excited about something as simple as the first gooseberry in his garden.
Change scares and radical change petrifies.
But 4 years down the line one starts to embrace the fulfilment of living honestly. Mostly honestly towards one self. It’s not always pretty or easy, in fact! But it is always true and rewarding…
With that same mindset my lover and I often decide to fill the car with a bit of gas, charge our camera’s batteries and hit the road, jeans on our asses and walking shoes on our feet. We drive to where the road takes us. Sometimes it’s an hour or two’s drive, but more often it would be close by, just around the corner. A different outlook on life, a change of scenery. A new street cafe, a fresh dirt road or a certain type of architecture, is all you need to experience to realise that this world is bigger that life.
So 2 days ago we found ourselves in Gouda. Honestly a no-man’s town. A forgotten piece of this world, only 30km from where we live.
Nothing to see except a touch of has-been politics and a bit of forgotten glory.
Huge wooden doors, locked up and probably key-less.
Beautiful old buildings that will never be restored to it’s former beauty.
And simple people living uncomplicated lifes.
Once again we realised why we’ve swapped the city life for rural simplicity.