Not having to worry about catching a taxi, getting on the plane for the ever dreaded long haul flight or sailing wide oceans, if I had the power to be somewhere, anywhere right now, it would be in a room tucked away somewhere in the far east on the Asian continent. A room that takes me away from the ever vibrant city buzz, away from concrete floors and paved sidewalks, away from neon lights and the audible sound of technology, away from pedal pumping, horn honking and street hawking.
For comfort and convenience, we tend to find definition for and put a label on things. In this case, I will make no exemption therefore I name this room ‘Escape’. A nicely squared space nothing more than thirteen feet by thirteen feet with collapsible bamboo screen doors running along the side overlooking crystal beach waters. Daintily draped over the windows and doors are sashes of white linen and teal sheer fabrics dancing rhythmically to the gentle rustle of the ocean breeze. Stepping through these doors sinks my bare feet into tiny grains of beach sand causing a real good stimulation as I walk on it.
Escape has four pieces of furniture in it. Its uncluttered state helps induce in me a sense of ease, calm and tranquility. First to catch the eyes, positioned at the foot of the bed is a simple bamboo chaise lounge tastefully padded with soft fibre cushions covered in aqua, teal & white upholstery fabric. I can recline in here and listen to the ocean waves crashing in the distant and the birds chirping away with no worries on their minds. In the far left corner, a small table with a bamboo Chiavari chair neatly tucked underneath it and right in the middle of the room, a bed perfectly sized for one person and a half laid with white Egyptian cotton sheets and two feathered pillows.
I especially crave Escape because it is quite remote and it brings me real close to nature in its undiluted form. No cell towers in sight, no factory chimneys sipping toxic gases into the atmosphere. Two coconut trees stand like lamp posts outside Escape and firmly secured to their thick trunks a hammock! I have always fantasized coiling up in one with a good book in hand as a child. Metres away from my standpoint I can see through the sash windows of Escape replica Escapes occupied by people from different part of the world, of different races, creed and beliefs, different works of life all drawn to a focal point seeking solace however momentarily just like me.
“If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?
Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time?
Today’s twist: organize your post around the description of a setting.”