Garden Route, Indonesia and USA

A few days ago I wrote a blog post on the highlights of my trips abroad. I that post, I proudly proclaimed that the only thing I loved about Paris, was the Louvre. Seconds after posting that, I stumbled on THIS blog post. And now I’m all, “Ooooh pretty. Perhaps I was too hasty. Perhaps I should give Paris a second chance?”

Anyway, here’s part 2 of my travel highlights.

Garden Route (2010) – Watching a woman get stabbed in Jeffrey’s Bay, for daring to steal another man’s alcohol. Ha, I kid. I didn’t actually see her get stabbed. I just saw her prone, bleeding body in the street. Nah, I think that the highlight of this trip would be the treetop zip-lining.

Bali (2011) – Running through streets of Bali during a thunderstorm. It was frightening and exhilarating and I’d never before experienced anything like it. The other highlight of my trip was experiencing my very first earthquake.

Lombok (2011) – Snorkelling. I suffer from claustrophobia. I freak out in tiny dark spaces (and yet I did an underground tunnel tour of the city), and hate having a mask cover my mouth and nose. Preparing myself mentally for the task was the best decision of my life. I swam above a turtle and saw so many incredible looking fish. I tried to memorise the colours and shape of each and every fish. I wanted to describe each fish in detail. It was just such a wonderful experience.

Kula Lumpur (2011) – Eating authentic Indian food off a banana leaf.

New Orleans (2011) – The ghost and phantom tour. Our guide was a comedic genius and I loved every minute of the tour.

Washington DC (2011) – The Lincoln Monument. There’s just something so majestic about the statue. It might just be its size.

Washington

 Photos taken in Washington DC.

Love so hard and play life loud, It’s the only thing to give a damn about

Orchid

The above photo was taken in Four & Twenty, a cute little coffee shop in Old Wynberg Village.

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Cavendish Square is currently handing out free cupcakes between 11:00 and 14:00. All you need to do is head on to the ground floor, opposite Exclusive Books, and fill in a form with your details and one thing you feel guilty about.

I was tempted to write, “I feel guilty for cheating on my boyfriend”. Just kidding, we all know I don’t have a conscience or a boyfriend. Cries herself to sleep.

Seriously though, as I stood in front of the counter I realised one of the things that constantly eats at me, is my spending habits. I feel incredibly guilty for how much money I spend on shoes, yoga classes and cafe lattes. There are so many homeless people in Cape Town and here I am, having my third cup of coffee for the day.

Sigh

Silvermine Nature Reserve, Jimmy Carr & running

This weekend was spent eating Nutella straight from the jar, running my first half-marathon in weeks, watching a Jimmy Carr stand-up comedy DVD and “botanizing”.

 

Jimmy Carr

“I once fucked a woman with one leg.”

Pause.

“I should have used my cock.”

He then goes on to mime using his one leg to fuck a woman.

 

Half-marathon

I ran my first half-marathon on Saturday. At the 4km mark I was lucky enough to witness a guy take a dump behind a tree. I must admit that I really admire his technique. Feet firmly on the ground, hands on knees and arse lifted towards the heaven. It was a sight to behold.

When I relayed the above story to Fahiema, she asked, “Was it a runner?”

Me: What? Are you talking about the person or the consistency of his stool?

Anyway, the race did not go well. I was hoping to set a new personal best (anything under 2:08), but was struck by pins and needles and could barely keep up with the sub 2:15 pacesetter.

 

Botanizing

The following Instagrams were taken on my hike at Silvermine Nature Reserve.

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View from the Elephant's Eye, a cave at Silvermine Nature Reserve.

View from the Elephant’s Eye, a cave at Silvermine Nature Reserve.

Books

I am currently reading, “A splendid thousand sun” by Khaled Hosseni. He’s the very same guy who brought us “The kite runner”.

The Durban photos

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Durban with my folks. Here are some Instagram photos of my time there.comradesMy dad and his friend minutes before the start of the Comrades Ultra-marathon. This is the third time that my father has run the Comrades. In previous years he has missed the 12 hour cut-off by minutes. This year however  the Comrades Whisperer (me) was on hand to murmur words of encouragement, and he made it to the finish line with 9 minutes to spare.   sunriseWatching the sunrise from the window of my hotel room (Durban Spa). I absolutely loved the weather in Durban.  The warm  winter days were such a welcome relief to Cape Town’s wet and utterly miserable weather.sunrise2Photo of turtle taken at Ushaka Marine World. I was captivated by the humongous range of pretty fish on display in Ushaka’s aquarium. CAPTIVATED. I would have been more than happy to spend an entire day marveling at the colourful fish.  Ushaka

 Durban Fun World.

 

5 things – sarcasm, books, travel, music & photos

Sunday sarcasm
On Sunday, a friend and I went shopping at the Waterfront – he needed a few things for his Mac. While he quizzed the shop assistant about various products, I scrutinised the sound systems. After selecting his items, he headed over to the checkout till to pay. Because that’s how it works in stores – you select a few items and then you pay.
Anyway, it was at this point that I sidled over to him. I stood right on top of him and started rifling through his purchases.
Cashier: Are you together.
Internal me: Noooo. I just like standing next to random strangers in shopping malls and fingering their purchases. Seriously?

Future Travel Plans

moses

On the bus from our seafront hotel (Durban Spa) to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, my mother and I got to talking. I confessed that it was my lifelong dream to India, but that I was simply too afraid to go by myself. And just like that, without a moment’s hesitation, my mother offered to join me.
That was almost a month ago. Since then the plan has morphed. My cousin and brother are keen to join us as well.
My cousin wants to do the Golden Triangle. I don’t really care as long as I get to see the Taj Mahal, gorge myself on curry, and wear a sari.

Music
I’ve recently rediscovered my love of Ludovico Einaudi.

Books
I am OBSESSED with George RR Martin’s “A song of ice and fire” series (the Game of Thrones television series is based on these books.) I am currently reading the fifth book in the series (A Dance of Dragons).
I once told a friend that one of my greatest fears was that George (we’re on a first name basis) would die BEFORE he finished the series. Or worst that the final book would be a complete disappointment, and she laughed at me like I was crazy. I think it’s a justifiable fear.
I have also purchased the latest David Sedaris novel, and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Photography

I am surprised and greatly honoured to learn that some of my friends and family members have used my photographs for their Facebook profiles. It is such a huge compliment.

And now I know the truth, that anything could happen

supersid-w (1)Photo of myself taken by Barry.

Today we celebrate the little victories in life.

Today we celebrate the fact that I managed to assemble my own chairs.

Today we celebrate the fact that I managed to complete the Spookhill 15km in 1:31. This is an entire 14 minutes faster than last year.

Today we celebrate the fact that I managed to set out my door early enough to catch the most stunning sunrise ever.

Crazy/beautiful – St Helena Bay 2

Photo taken while driving towards St Helena Bay. St Helena Bay is situated on the West Coast, approximately 2 hours drive from Cape Town.

We managed to find accomodation RIGHT on the beachfront, which meant that we spent endless hours watching the seals sunbathe, clambering over rocks and tanning.

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Did I mention that my sister is officially a doctor?

This weekend … dragon boat racing, stereotypes and Austria

This weekend I…

  • Attended Juan and Dizzy*’s housewarming. The theme was ‘embrace your stereotype’. Naturally I turned up as a terrorist. I wore a scarf and a jilbab and strapped a clock to my chest. I’d hoped that the clock would clearly represent a bomb. Unfortunately some made the assumption that I’d actually turned up as the “Girl, whose biological clock is ticking”.
  • Went dragon boat racing with my running club. So. Much. Fun. Seriously. I’m actually considering organizing this for my 30th birthday.
  • Bid goodbye to the lovely Mr Schnapps and Dark Knight, who leave for Austria in a couple of days. Since it might be YEARS before they return to Cape Town, they have been gracious enough to extend an invite to visit them. 24 hours later and I’ve already Googled the crap out of Slovenia and Italy, two of the countries I might call on before heading to Austria.