Upon arrival we were greeted by festive paper lanterns joyfully dangling from a high pergola.
One of the first things that immediately caught my eye was the cozy R&R corner . While wearing an eye mask and receiving a relaxing hand massage you could sit and listen to a recording of someone’s life story.
The story I picked was entitled ‘Alone’. A gay muslim shared his coming out story. I was so touched, I actually cried.. Such cognitive dissonance, such ambiguity and so much pointless pain! Unbelievable how people still hold on to so many damaging and outdated cultural practices and beliefs!
I am truly greatful to Kaai Theatherand especially to the Zina company , for making it possible for me to listen to this man’s story. It has helped me put so many things into perspective! It’s really easy to take your freedom for granted and to forget about your fellow humans who are still struggling with disempowering religions, suffocating world views and the forced repression of their humanity…
Aside from this sad, touching, valuable story moment Copacobana was a place of cheerfulness, fun, creativity and enjoyment.
We shared delicious food ( and of course had lots of ice cream 😜), payed a visit to the Hospitaal, got creative with tools, giant bolts, wood and fabric and Jade almost even got a haircut!
Our happiest ( and scariest ) moment of the day was when Jade lost her first tooth. She was so caught up in finding it ( it had gotten knocked right out of her mough on the swing ) that she completely lost track of time and disappeared on me for a while! 😬 ID bracelet or no ID bracelet, when you’re not really lost you’re obviously not looking for the other(s)… Maybe I should just buy her a phone.. That way we can call each other. But where would she put it when at play? 🤔 In her imaginary dress pocket?! Pffff… 😫
I am really grateful that Copacobana had such a great system in place. We were reunited in under 5 minutes! 😍
We truly enjoyed this delightful festival and we cant wait to go back next year!