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Joie de Vivre par Nara , qui cultive ses chaussures en montant la montagne de table (Cape Town)

In superhero movies you can see guys who grow their own wings or extra arms and legs. Well, I only grow my own shoes. This surely doesn’t qualify me for a super hero, but I must say it is damn handy — or feety — if such a word even exists.

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Today I climbed the Table Mountain in Cape Town. I decided not to take the easiest route, but rather went up the Indian Venster trail. Half way up I overtook a 85 year old man. He was alone like me. He said he climbs the mountain every week. Apart from him, there was nobody. Just me, the mountain and peace.

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The top was misty and quite chilly. I circulated the “table” area and headed down the “most boring” route (as the old man described it). As I ran down many people commented in various languages: “Look, he is barefoot!”

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I wanted to say: “I am not! I have my natural shoes on!” Well, they wouldn’t understand, or it would take too long to explain. I was well warmed up and I didn’t want to stop. I even overtook some runners going downhill. My feet are well equipped to manage such a downhill run, and they are getting ever sturdier. People who wear shoes are actually barefoot. They are also footblind. Without shoes they are feeble and clumsy. Why am I perceived as strange, when it should be everybody else?

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I was getting close to the foot of the mountain when I got a bit hungry but I pushed the thought away. I didn’t have any food with me. And then running down the hill I overlooked the sign, turned the wrong way … and ended up under four beautiful pine(nut) trees! Thank you, mountain! I stopped and went on breaking pine nuts for twenty minutes and eating them until I felt regenerated. That’s the kind of energy boosting super food I like!

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I even found a source of water nearby. I drank it and filled my bottle. Good, tasty, lively water! It went really well with the aftertaste of pine nuts …

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I slowly followed the last stretch of the path and enjoyed the views. On the mountain the table cloth made of clouds was raising, it was getting hot in the sun.

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My feet were a bit tired from the walk across the rocky terrain. But it was ok. My hike was over. I ate a few more pine nuts near the cable station and took a bus back to the city.

Three words still linger in my mind: Joie de vivre!

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