Last week we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo and enjoyed the beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline! New York is such as fantastic place and we were lucky to get some sunny (and even mild) days in the middle of February...
As mentioned before,
a new CBD is currently under development in Gabs. The other day I drove
past and was quite impressed by all the works going on there. The
architecture is mostly functional and a lot of the projects are actually
being built by the Chinese, but some day in the future all these
buildings will determine the face of the city.
A whole new skyline is evolving here and it'll be interesting to watch the first real high-rise buildings grow over the next years...
Evening sun sparkling in Walvis Bay with three flamingos looking for food in the shallow waters. There were thousands of flamingos at the bay, feeding and standing in the water with their stick-thin legs. We went there during our trip to Namibia and drove through the big sand dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay to see the flamingos.
While in Joburg, we also went back to the Market on Main on Sunday. It's really nice to see that it's been growing a lot ever since we first went there last year. Having left the house without breakfast, I was very hungry by the time we got there, and so I was really happy that there was a lot of food options to choose from: empanadas, sandwiches, Ethiopian food, cupcakes, brownies and much more.
The only sad thing is that they removed the lawn in the courtyard, but you can still sit under the wild olive trees and have a picknick with a doggie watching you...
We spent a fantastic weekend in Pretoria and Joburg, and had a great time at the Jozifest on Saturday. It took place in Newtown, in an old industrial area, and there were bands, DJs, dancing and a great atmosphere with an interesting crowd.
Okay, I must admit that I didn't know any of the acts, but hey - a party's a party, right!?! Somehow, my favorite spot was that large, dark hall with DJs playing what I thought to be quite demanding drum'n'base and other beats.
And if this wasn't enough, we went to Kitcheners afterwards, and I just absolutely loved that place, the vibe and the incredibly sophisticated, cool music... There is a bar, a dancing room and a Bismark painting on the wall above the DJ. It kinda felt like a party at someone's home and I was soo glad I was invited, too ;) It was so much fun to go out in a real city! Thanks Lea and Terence for having us! See a whole lot more Jozifest pics here...
I took this picture during our trip to Mozambique and KZN in March last year. We were on our way back to the lodge through endless pineapple fields under this beautifully colored evening sky, and could almost see all the way down to the coast.
Gabs city is growing and so is traffic. There is a lot of road construction going on, which means that sometimes you will spend a lot of time in the car, waiting for traffic to move very slowly around one of the detours. These days, even the road along Old Naledi is jammed, and the other day I got a good view of life next to the road while on my way home.
When we got back to Gabs, I found a flyer for a "vegbox" at our gate. We decided to try it and got our first weekly delivery of fresh, locally grown, vegetables, salad and fruits. Now our fridge is full of healthy, green stuff and so far, we've not become tired of the veggies. Also, given the lack of proper bread, we have started to bake our own bread. Björn has mastered the art of baking bread with all sorts of flour and grains, and I made some baguette the other night from a recipe I got from my mother. We ate it fresh out of the oven with salad from our "vegbox" and it was sooo good that it was almost gone by the time I remembered to take a picture ;)
Anyone in Gabs interested in getting a vegbox, contact Karin at 76637577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunset behind palms and rice paddies in Ubud, Bali. During my first trip to Bali we stayed in a villa in the middle of the rice paddies and went for a walk around the area just before sunset. From a distance we could hear the chanting and drumming in a nearby temple and the air smelled of flowers and incense....
It is the first time that Botswana has qualified for the AFCON and now that the tournament has started, the country is going slightly crazy. Yesterday was the first group game of the Zebras against mighty Ghana and it was amazing to see the support of the fans throughout the city.
Cars are waving the national flag, people everywhere (even in the bank!) are wearing their trikot, and the Orange Fan Park at Game City was shaking from the stomping and dancing of the crowds. And even though the result was disappointing, it was an exciting match and everyone is looking forward to the next matches! Go Zebras!
Evening sky with big clouds and beautiful colors at our house. The past week we've been settling back into life here and trying to get into some kind of routine. Our garden is green like never before and our dog seems really happy to have us back. Things are pretty much back to normal, with some uncertainty remaining as to what this year will bring...
Another wintery evening sky in Bavaria. The last couple of days were sunny and rather cold but still no snow down here. We're flying back to Botswana today, saying goodbye to winter and hello to summer in the Southern hemisphere!
Before I leave, I wanted to spend some more time in the mountains. In the past few days it snowed a lot in the Alps and today it was sunny, so I went on a day trip with my dad. We drove to Spitzing and hiked up to the Firstalm with our sleighs. There we sat in the plain sun and watched the panorama and the skiiers before tobogganing downhill all the way back to the car - yay!
Greetings from Bavaria! We went on a family day trip to Chiemsee shortly after Christmas and I loved to be near the mountains. During the summer it is also beautiful there, but during the winter months it is more peaceful and quiet, and the views are just as nice.