One of the things I love about living in
is that I can go barefoot almost year round. Shoes constrict my feet, and I never seem to find shoes that are comfortable no matter what type of shoes I buy, and I have very normal feet. The feeling of the hard ground under my feet, the connection to the earth, the way I can stretch out my toes, is one of the small luxuries of life. South Africa
I’m lucky that I work in a fairly relaxed environment and can walk around with no shoes on if I wish. We have a young Italian researcher working with us and even she has kick-off her shoes.
When my sister and I were kids we visited our family in the
and got into big trouble when we ran outside to play in the snow – you guessed it without shoes. In our defense it was the first time we had ever seen snow. UK
South African history is full of stories of barefoot people. At the top of the
, there is a monument to a woman who walked barefoot over the Drakensberg. After the Voortrekkers entered Voortrekker Pass Natal, which was then a British Colony a number of trekkers decided to return to the . Susanna Smit declared that she would rather walk barefoot back over the Berg than live in Free State ; she then proceeded to do just that. Natal under British rule
I was intrigued to see that there is a society for barefoot living –I love their slogan – set your feet free and your mind will follow. To that I can say a big yes, when those shoes come off; my mind and heart are set free. There is absolutely no way I could never paint with shoes no!
I'll take my freedom where ever I can find it, she said with a little twinkle in her eye