Lately, my days have been consumed with work, running, binge watching “House of Cards” (Kevin Spacey is so good) and chatting to the occasional cute boy.
Recent Whatsapp conversation with Fahiema:
Me: I just chatted to a cute boy. Two minutes after talking to him I realised that I had avocado all over my face.
Fahiema: LOL! What’s wrong with him? Totally an invitation for him to come and lick the avocado off your face, right?
Anyway, here’s a recent photo I took at Oblivion, which is one of my all-time favourite hangouts.
Oh and if you have the time, you should totally check out the “I, too, am Harvard” photo campaign. The campaign tries to highlight the voices of black students at Harvard.
If you’re a lover of photography, ballet or the female form, then do yourself a favour and check out The Ballerina Project on Facebook or Instagram.
Here are some of the pictures I skilfully lifted from their Facebook page.
Gorgeous, isn’t it? It’s enough to make me consider taking up a ballet class or two. (I went so far as to Google adult ballet classes in Cape Town.)
I’m currently rereading, To Kill a Mockingbird. This must be the eighth time that I’m reading this book, and EVERY time I read the book I end up in tears.
One of my favourite moments takes place right after Tom Robinson, a black man is wrongly convicted of raping a white woman. Jem a 12 year old starts crying and has the following conversation with his father, Atticus.
‘Atticus -’ said Jem bleakly.
He turned in the doorway. ‘What, son?’
‘How could they do it, how could they?’
‘I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it – seems that only children weep. Good night.’
The following photo was taken at Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek.
The following photos were taken in Kerala – “God’s own country”.
Kerala is … stunning. Tea plantations, rolling valleys, waterfalls and cheeky little monkeys are just some of the highlights. Other highlights include tigers, Nilgiri Tahrs and backwater houseboats (none of which I actually got to experience). And although I didn’t manage to experience all that the state had to offer, I had fun.
There was the night I spent sitting around a campfire, singing Oasis’ Wonderwall and listening to Americans regale the group with tales of Yellowstone National Park. There was the day we trekked through the forest, with a guide who claimed to have slept with a tiger. And there was the time we spotted a dolphin.
A few days ago I attended a baby shower for my friend, Annie. Her baby girl, Alex Kirsten is due in March.
Annie is the type of girl, who wears make-up EVERY SINGLE day. (I am the type of girl, who thinks that brushing her hair is a major accomplishment.
But Annie isn’t just a poised and polished woman. She’s had a major impact on my life. This year she said something that completely altered the way I view myself.
A few weeks ago, I uploaded a photo to Facebook. Annie not only liked the photo, but went so far as to lift her fingers and type the words, “You really need to do something with your talent.” THESE words have altered my perception of self and my hobby.
So Annie, thanks. Thank you for seeing my potential. I hope your daughter turns into a healthy, fearless and accomplished individual. But mostly I hope that you never ask me to babysit. I’m terrible with kids. I once secured my cousin’s disposal nappy with masking tape.
The above photos were taken at the Mehrangarth Fort in Jodhpur. The Mehrangarth Fort is where the latest Batman movie (The Dark Knight Rises) was shot. The Mehrangarth Fort is where I spent the first day of 2014 – ziplining across dams. The Mehrangarth Fort is where I watched a young boy feed dozens of raptors (eagles?) pieces of meat. *Sigh*. I only wish I’d taken more photos to capture the exquisite moments.
The above grainy photo was taken with my cell phone. I was too afraid of taking my DSLR with me, as I ziplined from one to the other.
I’ve been back home (Cape Town) for less than a month and I’ve already planned my next two adventures. The first adventure on the agenda is a trip to Joburg. A few girlfriends and I are planning to attend a concert there. Plane, train AND concert tickets have already been purchased. Yes, that’s right, we’ve purchased TRAIN tickets from Cape Town to Joburg. That’s a 26 hour journey!
The second adventure on the agenda is a family trip to Durban. I an’t wait to cycle along the Durban beach front.
On Sunday I watched lithe bodies glide and twirl across a temporary dance floor at Sea Point Pavilion. The event (salsa sun-kissed series) was hosted by my friend, Maria. Here are some of the photos I took at the event.
The next event will take place on 16 February between 15:30 – 19:00. There is no cost associated with the event.
After spending two days in Udaipur, we headed off to Jodhpur. We’d hired a driver to take us there and included two scheduled stops along the way: Kumbhalgarh Fort and a Jain Temple.
Kumbhulgarth Fort is the second longest wall, next to The Great Wall of China. The architecture itself is simplistic, but the view from the top was absolutely spectacular and I couldn’t help but wish that I’d invested in wide-angle lens.
From the very minute I set foot in Udaipur, I fell in love with the city. Slap, bang, irrevocably in love. The city is vibrant and bursting with colour.
According to Wiki, Udaipur is referred to as the “Venice of the East”. It’s a reputation well earned. Udaipur has FIVE major lakes. Unfortunately we only managed to view one lake – Lake Pichola.
Donkeys hauling sanding. The donkeys were herded by women. I found this quite strange.
Photo of a Kingfisher.
Photo taken at Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola.
As you can tell from the photo above, I am incapable of smiling.