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Lost in Ghent

A story told by Emily De Laere Ghent

Emily is diversityworker at Sporta-vakantie vzw and Sporta-federatie vzw.

When does one lose her recklessness?

Emily and her roommates regularly host foreign guests through Work Away. They stay with them, and give something in return.

 

Sazuki came all the way from Japan to stay with them in Ghent. As a gift in return for their hospitality, she created a mural painting, a world map without colours, so that international guests can colour their country. An evening at the Ghent Festivities, Sazuki gets lost. Emily and her roommates start looking for her, and only hear again from her the next day.

Emily tells about her first fears and anger during this situation. About the wrestling with her sense of responsibility towards her foreign guest. And sees her own adventurous travel behaviour reflected: "Will I become more careful because of this? What do I give up when I go on a 'more thoughtful' journey? Can I ever get again butterflies in the stomach through the feeling of recklessness freedom? Will I get something in return, when I give up my naivety?"

Her story became a poem...

SAZUKI
Lost in Ghent

A girl from Ghent
Alone
Travelling the world
Free
Amazed
Reckless
Innocent

A girl from Japan
Alone
Discovering Ghent
Free
Amazed
Reckless
Innocent

Lost in Ghent
The girl from Ghent
Did she lose something
Did she gain something

Responsibility
Freedom
Poorer
Richer

The girl from Japan
Did she lose something
Did she gain something

Responsibility
Freedom
Poorer
Richer

Authored by Els Meersschaert Temse - Elversele