Discussing the weather is one of the easiest ways of starting small talk in Sweden. I learnt. So I will start mine by highlighting how much I love the fall, or autumn. It is a time of colourful shades of red, orange and yellow leaves.
The age we live in is sometimes referred to as the information age. It is likely that there has never been an age in human history before, where so much information about so many things, has been so accessible for individuals. While knowledge has existed among humans throughout time, those who had access to it were few due to different privileges.
In this age, through digital technology, access to information has been made possible to most people.
A few months ago I completed my Masters in Communication for development at Malmö university. A fantastic program, taught by the best in the field and full of interesting and energetic participants, I can say.
The 80´s were a glorious time to be alive for me. They were the years of my childhood. In Zimbabwe there is a term called "ma born free", referring to anyone born after 18 April 1980, the day when Zimbabwe officially attained its independence from 90 years of colonialism under Britain. And now, it seems it is hard to talk about history or the present time in Zimbabwe, without risking being accused of "talking politics". My focus is not on the politics of this period, but is instead a chance to talk about my simple experiences during that historical epoch from my childhood. I wonder if it is possible at all to talk about the glorious days of my childhood without someone seeing it as a political discussion. I will try that here and see how far I go before my post becomes stained with politics.
I love watching movies, always have and will probably always will. I confess, I don't love all kinds, I have boring ones, I guess you do too.
The biggest lesson I have learnt now is that parents leave-no matter how old the child is, is not a chance to do those little things one never got the chance to do while on the job.
I have to say that reading has always been one of my passions. I love reading all sorts of stuff, from fiction novels, autobiographies, historic documents, classical literature, blog posts, scientific articles, academic works even organisational reports, you name it. I have long aspired to write a novel also, but time never seems to add up. That is one of the reasons I have decide to downsize and write a blog instead, that way I can rumble on a new topic each time and not have to commit to a long, sequenced narrative.
Being a parent has been one journey filled with discoveries for me. Of course techniques, beliefs and expectations in parenting are unique, just as most things are, across many cultural and social backgrounds.
I, being born and raised in Zimbabwe through Shona cultural values, would most likely have a different experience of both childhood and parenthood to someone who is born and raised in Sweden and subject to Swedish cultural values, my wife for example.
I am Santino Zhakata, born in Zimbabwe, living in Sweden. I do a lot of writing, photography , blogging and website creation for fun and for profit. My fields of expertise include teaching and tutoring English via distance or face to face. I also specialise in communication for development. Welcome to my blog, feel free to share your thoughts.