So, I leave for Amsterdam tonight! Excited but also sort of nervous. Not really looking forward to the miserable, cold weather :( but otherwise, rather looking forward to an adventure.
Will be sure to post when I'm there to keep you all updated on 'the African in Amsterdam' and how the way we South Africans, dress for winter is such a joke.
November 28, 2010
I leave for Amsterdam on Tuesday night and am going to be away for more than a month, yo! Quite excited but a bit hesitant to leave because the weather's getting real good here and I am going to freeze my bum off in Amsterdam.
I'll miss you, Peggy.
I met cool people this weekend, too. You are nice and you smile so nice, too.
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November 12, 2010
I've just finished reading a great book called 'King Leopold's Ghost' by Adam Hochschild. It's all about the Congo in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the terrible happenings between the natives and the colonialists. If you are anything like me and enjoy having a good old rant about whether colonialism is good or bad, this is a wonderful read for you. Or, if you are just simply interested in men with strange facial hair I suppose this will be tantalizing for you as well.
While reading this book I came across a wonderful quote (above) and I had to share it. It is taken from a piece of work that Mark Twain wrote during this time called King Leopold's Soliloquy, an imaginary monologue by Leopold II of Belgium. After all the terrible things dug up by reformers trying to stop the vicious cycle of colonialism and slave labour that King Leopold and his associates had buried so well comes the inevitable and gruesome truth that a photograph always reveals, as well as conquering the test of time.
This is a tribute to Cuba after reading about an exhibition that is on in New York at the International Center of Photography which runs until January 9th 2011, fittingly called 'Cuba in Revolution'. A look into the golden days of the 1950s and 60s in Cuba when the overthrowing of a dictatorship government was of utmost importance and urgency, 30 photojournalists with 180 photographs look into this time to bring the viewer what we all know so well; photography, the incorruptible medium.
If, by any chance, you find yourself in New York sometime between now and January 9th do yourself a favour and do these three things:
- Know that you are a lucky fish to be in New York,
- visit this exhibition,
- and tell me how it was in FULL detail and bring me back a postcard!
To know more about this exhibition click here.
PS. I passed my Learners!
November 8, 2010
Okay. So I know I haven't been incredibly active on the blog front... That's just because I'm slap bang in the middle of final year grade eleven exams. ANYWAY, I have managed to compile an 'Outfit of the Month' for the month October. It's a little late, but at least it's here.
Last month my dad was in Switzerland for an annual meeting he attends there every year. While he was a-meetin' n greetin' he stumbled across this beautiful leather jacket from Mango. Now, we know dad's and well, lets face it men in general, are not always the most style orientated of the sexes. But this time my dad really outdid himself. The explanation for how he came home with such a magnificent artifact could also be due to the fact that he was traveling with his fiancee, but, this time I'll give the praise fully to him and secretly high five the fellow lady behind the scenes.
If you would like to buy a limited edition 'crazed shutterbugs' t-shirt click here!
November 3, 2010
I started writing my grade 11 exams on Monday this week with my first exam, as this post should tell, Biology. Now, thanks to my exam timetable starting with the mother of all subjects, I have had an acute obsession with all things biology from bones that make up the hands to mitochondria that are in charge of respiration in humans this week thus far.
This week has been rather hectic but some good has come out of it. I heard last night that I will be job shadowing a photographer in Amsterdam next month, which is, rather exciting stuff.
I must return now to my books of mathematical equations and protest theatre of the 1990s. Yeeeeah.
I hope your heart pumps in atrial systole than ventricular, otherwise problems, problems, problems.