I’d gone to Joburg for work and decided to spend an extra day in Soweto – to learn about my country’s history. Here are a couple of pictures of my trip. Detailed review to follow soon …
Photo taken at Lebo’s Backpackers in Soweto.
Woman drinking traditional beer (Umqombothi).
Photo taken inside the glasshouse at Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Very busy on this side – marathon training, home loans and I’m to fly up to Joburg next week and the week thereafter for work.
View from my bedroom window in the morning …
“And may you lust and hunger for every awkward second of real life, in all it’s un-retouched glory.”
Quote stolen from “I wrote this for you“.
Sighting of the moon, at Seapoint.
It’s that time of the month, where I track my progress on this year’s bucket/life list.
- Unfortunately, I’ve only managed to read one book this month – ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac. This brings my total of books read this year to 13. At this point in the year I should have completed 16 books. Guess, I’m a little behind schedule.
- I’ve tried out one new recipe – apple crisp.
- I haven’t attained any PBs, surfed, swam with dolphins in Mozambique, gone base jumping or found the cure of the common cold. I’m such a loser.
- I have however put in an offer for a two-bedroom apartment in Plumstead. And if everything goes according to plan, I should move in by the 1st December. That’s 7 days before my 30th birthday. And it is at this point in the story where I would like to drop a not too subtle hint for my friends. If you’re wondering what to get for my birthday, toilet paper and cans of baked beans will be appreciated. Because lord, knows I won’t actually be able to afford anything once I move in.
Anyway, since I haven’t accomplished much, I thought I’d list the things I’m looking forward to.
- The 21km Gun Run happening on the 14th October. With more than a month to train for the race, I’m hoping to attain my goal of completing a 21km race in under 2:10.
- Dizzy* and Juan’s housewarming party. The theme for the party is “dress to your stereotype”. Fahiema, who is both coloured and Muslim, plans to turn up as a tik addict/suicide bomber. I plan to turn up with rollers in my hair and missing front teeth. And after much frivolity, we decided that Barry should turn up as a coconut – brown on the outside, white on the inside. Barry wasn’t too impressed with our suggestion.
- My next paycheque. There’s this matter of back pay, which I am eagerly awaiting. And yes, I know that the RESPONSIBLE thing to do is to use the money for furniture and appliances. But there are shoes to be bought. And there is a pair at Aldo that keep whispering, “We want you to be our mommy.” And who am I to deny an orphan?
I drive past THIS everyday, on my way to work.
Last night, while watching Cameron Van Der Burgh smash the world record for the men’s 100m breaststroke, I started typing up this month’s Life List achievements. It didn’t take me long to realise that this month was rather uneventful. All I managed to do was read 3 books (A clash of kings, Q & A, and Me talk pretty one day), and attempt three new recipes (Mealie Lagan, Banana Cupcakes and Black Forest Cupcakes). So I decided that instead of focussing on ALL the things I didn’t achieve this month (surfing, new PB for 21km, cure for the common cold), I would make a list all the things that I am excited for.
1. Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, and my future husband. The fact that he is ignorant to my existence is irrelevant, since I have everything a girl needs to keep a man captive – handcuffs and chloroform. Seriously though, I along with a few good friends, managed to get our hands on the last few tickets for his show, “That’s racist.”
2. Linkin Park
Linkin Park are coming to Cape Town in November. And I have GOLDEN CIRCLE TICKETS! I have GOLDEN CIRCLE TICKETS! I don’t mean to sound like I am bragging, but I have GOLDEN CIRCLE TICKETS! And you don’t!
3. Cape Town Marathon
Oh wait, I’m NOT excited for this one. I am scared shitless and overwhelmed by the idea of running for 8 hours straight in the blazing heat. This anxiety is only heighten by the knowledge that I’ve not trained properly. This will NOT be fun. There will be cursing, tears, and black toenails. There will also be an interesting blog post out of it, so there’s THAT …
4. Dark Knight and Mr Schnapps’ upcoming nuptials
They’re getting married. And I couldn’t be happier for two individuals.
5. My upcoming trip to Joburg
Work will be sending me to Joburg in September and I’ve decided to stay there a day longer. Possibly check out Soweto and the zoo.
A f*cking awesome photo of my cat.
- Like most Capetonians, borne of the belief that we live in the most beautiful city in the country, I’ve been quite dismissive of Johannesburg, saying that it has NOTHING to offer me. I’ve recently had a change of heart and have decided that when work sends me to crime-infested Jozzie in September, I will spend an extra day or two there, visiting Soweto. Soweto is one of the largest townships in South Africa. It was also how to former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (both Nobel Peace Prize laureates). Hector Peterson was also shot and killed in the 1976 student uprisings.
- I am currently fascinated by New York’s, Highline. The Highline used to be an aboveground freight line that has been converted into a public garden. As an environmentalist, I absolutely adore this innovative use of space, and hope to one day visit the Highline. To view pictures of the Highline, check out Hailey’s blog. She also has some awesome photos of The New York Botanical Gardens.
- I am toying of spending December in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
- I’ve just finished reading David Sedaris’ novel, “Me talk pretty one day.” As usual it did not disappoint.
- Ramadaan started on Saturday. During Ramadaan Muslims refrain from food or drink, from sunrise to sunset. It is a time for forgiveness, healing, charity and connecting with God.
The morning I found myself absolutely captivated by these flowers in the low morning light. So instead of getting dressed for work this morning, I found myself taking photos.
Thursday: I attended a potluck in Bo-Kaap. A potluck is where all the guests bring along ONE dish. I made mealie lagan. At one point one of the guests looks at me and says, “This is so delicious. Have you tried it?”
Me: Yeah, I made that!
Obviously, I’ve never been acquainted with modesty.
Friday: I had BIG plans for Friday. I was going to watching The Arrows, play at Zula in Long Street. But when I got home I found the idea of staying in bed and watching movies, more appealing. Five minutes into watching “Bring it on 5” I immediately regretted my decision.
Saturday: I am very conscientious of time and like to arrive to events early. Today I outdid myself and arrived for a party a week early.
I hope to accomplish two things on Sunday: run 12km and find my perfect apartment. Wish me luck!
The photo I took of my sister at the Biscuit Mill today!