You would be forgiven for assuming that my recent two week absence from the blog was due to me having a fulfilling career, having an intense romance with a millionaire or falling into a deep coma. None of these things have happened.
Instead over the last few days I have:
1) Bitched about a certain “3 star” hotel in Midrand (Villa Via). My complaints range from extensive water damage to stains on the bedspread. (I think it’s blood. I could be wrong.) I will “white people angry on Monday” and will be writing a formal letter of complaint, including pictures.
2) Been blown away by the floats at this year’s Cape Town Carnival.
3) Fretted about my weight. I met up with my dearest father and one of the first things he said to me was, “You’re picking up weight. You have a muffin-top.” And just in case I didn’t get the message the first time around, the next day he would prod my mom to reinforce the message.
My dearest mother, “You know your dad doesn’t like fat people, right.”
Unconditional love, I wonder what that must feel like.
4) Attended the “Wildlife photographer of the year, 2012” exhibition at the Iziko Museum. Absolutely stunning!
5) Watched the movie, “Argo”. Enjoyable.
I spent the weekend at McGregor with some awesome peeps.
I took far too many pictures of flowers, wolfed down an entire packet of marshmallows, sang along to Tracy Chapman and turned a shade darker.
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“.
I drive past THIS everyday, on my way to work.
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.
Instagram went down this weekend, provoking a number of jokes on twitter. My favourite of these jokes comes from @IamJackyBlack.
Anyway here are some of my Instagram pics taken over the last month or two …
Clockwise from top left: University of Cape Town (I completed my BSc degree here); plants in Kirstenbosch Gardens, sandboarding; view from the bus.