Tuesday, May 29, 2012

coming home

matisa! that's damara for how are you? i hope well! we arrived back to the u.s. on sunday. it took four planes, twenty six hours flying, fourteen hours of  layovers, and one two hour air bus transport, to be home. when we were in africa, we drove almost three thousand kilometers, visited nine different lodges and camps, and took almost four thousand images. 

and we fell deeply in love. namibia is indescribable. the landscapes and the wildlife, and the people. the people. the pride of place that we found everywhere, and in everyone we met. it's been said that stepping foot on the african continent is like coming home. 

we had an incredible adventure and i truly don't know where to begin to share. i'm hoping as soon as the exhaustion of jet lag is over, i'll find a way. pockets were delivered, a new journal was made and new friends too. the following photos are a wee glimpse, of the last three weeks...











 it's so good to be home, there and here. see you soon!
 xxx lori

67 comments:

  1. Welcome home my dear Lori! I missed you and am very excited to hear all the wonderful tales you have to share.

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  2. Welcome home! I'm trying to make sense of the first picture but I just can't wrap my mind around that amazing image! Looking forward to hearing and seeing more when you recover :)

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  3. Gasp!

    Swoon!

    My elephants!

    Welcome home sf

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  4. These photos are amazing and I can't wait to hear the stories behind them. Welcome back, Lori XOXO

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  5. These are astounding ... works of art.

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  6. How wonderful to see that you are home and your photos are so beautiful and inspiring. Hope you get some rest and am looking forward to all you have to share of your amazing adventure.

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  7. Welcome home!! And wow on the photos, amazing!

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  8. Oh, Lori! Those photos!!! I can't wait to hear every little details. I'm in love already with a place I've never been.

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  9. Welcome home.Wow!!! I can't get over that first shot!!!Amazing...shots.Waiing for more posts.Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  10. I was just wondering today if you were back yet. Can't wait to hear more!

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  11. absolute complete goosebumps looking at your pictures!!!

    welcome home ♥
    Melissa

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  12. sounds like it was a wonderful trip...looking forward to seeing and reading more in the coming weeks...welcome home

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  13. Amazing, so beautiful. Glad you are safe, rest well, and then please come and tell us everything! Emma

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  14. Lori, it's so wonderful to read your blog again, you have had such a wonderful time!

    I can't wait to hear all about your beautiful journey.

    Your photos are out of this world!!!

    Love
    Linda

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  15. welcome back home!! your pics are just incredible!
    xxxxx Alessandra

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  16. Your pictures brought tears to my eyes they are so beautiful. I'm so glad you had such an incredible journey.

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  17. Hey Lori. I was about to say the same as Andria above. I have goosebumps! It is my dream to visit Africa. scott has been twice and I love listening to the stories. It feels like home - so true. So glad you're back though :) xxx

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  18. I am deeply touched by your pictures, Lori. It's good to come home but I suspect your heart is still in Africa...

    Stephanie

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  19. It looks a truly remarkable and amazing country. Your photos are just stunning.

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  20. Wow - inspiring and beautiful. That first picture is breathtaking (all of them are really, but the first one really got me)

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  21. Crochet with RaymondMay 30, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    beautiful Lori, and lovely to feel your gorgeous energy popping out of the computer! Love seeing the recipients of the pockets wearing their gifts :o) 14000 photos is enormous! Looking forward to seeing your faves.
    Light and blessings to you

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  22. Welcome home Lori! We've missed seeing your words for the past few weeks! That first photo is staggering - my brain can barely compute...

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  23. Dear Lori, I'm so happy to 'see' you back! I was just on my way to town but wanted to say quick hello! See you soon! xxx Teje

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  24. Welcome home. What beaut you saw - both landscape and people. My husband's aunt worked for the Peace Corp in Namibia a few years ago and has such wonderful things to say about her time.

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  25. Welcome welcome home! I missed you. That first photo took my breath away! Can't wait to hear and see more xx

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  26. Hooray! Welcome home. Like everyone else, I find that first image particularly mind blowing. Wow. :)

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  27. Those pictures are amazing...so glad you are home safe and sound. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures.

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  28. Welcome Home! It is so good to have you back. I am so glad you had a wonderful trip. Your first picture gave me chills. All your images are amazing and I can't wait to read more.

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  29. Welcome home! I was just thinking about you today wondering if you're home or not :)

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  30. Hello Lori
    Lovely to hear from you again - what beautiful photography - cant wait to hear the story of your adventure

    Best wishes

    Claire Pengelly

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  31. Woohoo, it's great to have you back!!! Looking forward to seeing some more of your beautiful photo's! That first pic is amazing - took me a bit to work it out though!!

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  32. Yay! Welcome back! I can't wait to hear about your adventures. It's relief to know that you are well and home. (:

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  33. Welcome home, Lori! I'll come back and look at these pics again - simply breathtaking. :) XOXOXOX!!

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  34. Welcome Home Lori xo you were missed.
    Can't wait to hear the stories behind these magnificent photos ♥

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  35. Lori, I just emailed you and then decided to check to see if you posted, how thrilled I am to see you home!These photos are beyond stunning, that first one made me gasp! And the elephants! Rest up! Can't wait to see and hear all about it. Missed you!xoxo
    P.S. Happy Birthday! It is your birthday isn't it?

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  36. The pictures show that you feel its a privlidge to visit Africa, there is so much joy, respect and awe in them. I love the one of the beautiful lady with her child and the group picture with all the tea things behind you hanging from a tree trunk!
    xx
    julie

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  37. Welcome home, dear one! I am so glad your journey was amazing... I can't wait to read more! For now, rest up, and see you soon!

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  38. You're back! Those photos are amazing. The first one - wow! Hope you get over your jet lag soon, can't wait to hear about your adventures.

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  39. Welcome back, dear Lori! Your first photos are already so amazing! Wow, you have surely had the most exiting journey! As you can guess we all have missed you and are waiting to hear and see about everything! So great to see you there with the children and other friends all wearing those 'treasury pockets'! xxx Teje

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  40. Welcome home, and many thanks for letting us see some wonderful sights from your journey. Might we please see some more? xo

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  41. Amazing, amazing photography.
    Knowing you must be tired,,,sometimes the 're-entry'
    of coming back into your own world takes a while.
    We're all looking forward to stories and photos!

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  42. Welcome home!!! Pictures are amazing. Can't wait to see more!

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  43. Oh.

    My.

    Goodness.

    Holy moly, the sights. Best sight of all, though, is seeing you back home, safe and happy! Welcome home!!!!

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  44. Lori, I am so glad you're back and already sharing your beautiful experience! I totally missed your post yesterday, it was such a horrible day. My family in Northern Italy, in Modena to be precise, was again experiencing heavy earthquakes and we had a very stressful day trying to cheer up. You bring a ray of hope amid all of the other bad news!

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  45. Such beautiful photos, Lori. SO beautiful. So glad and can't wait to hear more about your adventures! :-)

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  46. So lovely to see you again, Lori, welcome back! These photos are stunning, so beautiful and fascinating. I am so looking forward to hearing about your wonderful trip and seeing more of your marvellous pictures.
    Helen x

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  47. I'm breathless just getting this glimpse! I know it will take hours and hours to go through your photos. What an adventure!

    The pockets on the people. How touching to see them with you♥

    Welcome home (again.)

    And happy, happy birthday!!

    xo
    Lo♥

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  48. Oh, how gorgeous!! We have friends who lived in Namibia for a year and her art from that time is unbelievable! The colors!! Just like in your photos... So glad you had a wonderful time... Love, Silke

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  49. Hi Lori, glad to hear you had a great trip (can't wait to hear more!) and are safely home. Photos are beautiful! Joyeux Anniversaire!

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  50. Astounding, exciting, exhilarating, everything I hoped, but MORE.

    I can't believe that you made that HUGE journey (26 hours and a lifetime away) and were able to post!!

    You are amazing!

    Love and welcome home,

    Sharon

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  51. Happy Birthday and what awesome photos! What is going on in the first one? I saw one of my pockets in the group shot and I felt so honored to be a small part of your trip.

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  52. Oh, dear friend...Happy happy day to you! I hope today is filled with lots of love and laughter, family and friends ~ and GOOD health!!! I am so excited to hear more about your adventures. These photos are a tantalizing morsel of what's to come, I bet! Just stunning. I thought of you so often this month, and am happy to hear it was wonderful! HUGS.
    xo Jules

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  53. Breathtaking Lori, absolutely breathtaking, and only your photos can actually make me feel like I can almost smell and touch it. I am sitting next to my MIL whose dream is to go to Africa one day (every since I've known her she talks of it), and she is also enamored....
    Can't wait to hear and see more !!!
    xo

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  54. Welcome home dear!
    These first shots hold a promise of more beautiful breathtaking pictures.
    Glad you are home safe and packed with beautiful memories!
    Cant wait to see and hear them all!
    ♥M

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  55. Oh my goodness, your photos are absolutely incredible. I'm savoring each one, and so glad you're back now, to share it all with us. Welcome home. :)

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  56. wow..... just lush. how did i miss this post? i guess i've been busy. i'm in the middle of making dinner right now and had to stop and read these. wow. amazing.

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  57. I'm with KJ on this one - gasp and swoon

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  58. Welcome back, Lori! Your photos, your adventures are simply, achingly breathtaking. Just, um, WOW!!!!

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  59. Absolutely glorious! I love seeing the photo of you with the group wearing their handmade pockets. Welcome back. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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  60. Welcome back! You were greatly missed. I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing about your adventures.

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  61. The circle is round now. I caught up and ready to follow the rest of your posts :)

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xoxo lori