So I’ve been trying to think about what to write today as I’ve been sent something by CanvasCompany. They do collage op canvas, and they’ve sent me something really exciting! Do I want to write about travel again? For a person whose stated she doesn’t particularly like travel all that much I’m sure writing about it a lot. Or maybe incorporate it into a interiors post? Also doesn’t really fit right now as I’m living in a university housing room which isn’t really mine and which I have to get out of in less than 2 weeks time.
So what then?
Instead I’ve decided I want to tell you about a travel bucket list thing I desperately want to tick off, but which I have to wait for a little longer – hey but you said you didn’t really like traveling? Well, this is different.
But first I want to tell you about this amazing world map that I’ve received. When they got in touch with me asking if I’d like to choose one of their (hugely sized) world maps from their website wereldkaarten, I immediately shouted (in my head not in the email) yes! Ever since I was little I loved having maps in my room, even though the only place I was traveling to and from were Spain and Holland, a world map always fascinated me. I have a huge one at my mum’s house in Spain which I love looking at, plus it has all the flags at the bottom and I love learning about that too!
So obviously I took the chance and chose this world map on canvas – although they have other materials too! – with a pattern that looks more like a traditional world map, but still with beautiful colours and the actual names of the countries, which is obviously what I’m going to use it for! If you’re looking for a new world map and you live in Holland or Belgium definitely check them out as this looks amazing!
Now onto my ultime travel bucket list. Quite a personal story actually. My grandfather on my mothers side passed away when my mum was only a couple months old, he was murdered in a little village in Papúa New Guinea together with two policemen. It was right at the time that they started to want to become independent and want to fight for it. The story is a lot more complicated than that but I’m not going to get into it now.
My grandmother had 2 children at the time and had to leave the country immediately (within like 2 days) because if you didn’t work there or weren’t family of someone who worked there you couldn’t stay. She left and my grandfather was buried by policemen.
Fast forward 37 years when I was 9 months old, my parents and my grandma went back to Papúa New Guinea to visit my grandfathers grave, as none of them had ever been. My mum told me the Papuas were very moved about my grandmother coming back. Some even wanted to walk with them to the grave, including the widow of one of the policemen who were also killed alongside my grandfather. My parents had to take a car to the nearest few houses and walk a full day to get to the grave. They walked with the Papuas who knew the way and had to make their way through the jungle, cutting things down. Plus they brought tents to sleep in at night.
Can you guess what my travel wish is then? I want to (preferably with my sister when she’s old enough but we’ll see if she’s up for it as well) go to Papúa New Guinea and also visit my grandfathers grave!
Now it’s not as simple as taking a plane, waiting 20 hours and there we are. Besides it’s not even sure that I would even be able to find the grave anymore, as there would have to be Papuas left that knew where it was located. But I’m not going to give up before trying.
Sometimes I look at this world map and I look at Papúa New Guinea and imagine what it must have been like for my grandparents to live and work there.
I hope one day I can make that image a little more complete.