the ramblings and suspicions of a modern day hippie

Category: Travel

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Something that made me smile today

A sky on fire 🙂
A beautiful sunset in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

What made you smile today??

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Something that made me smile today

This picture was taken while huddling in my car outside a diner in Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape on the coast of South Africa.

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Something that made me smile today

I think I’m starting really starting to love the rain 🙂
This picture was taken on a beach in Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape on the coast of South Africa.

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This photograph was taken on a beach in Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape. Another example of the natural beauty of the South African coastline.

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Something that made me smile today

This picture epitomizes the reason I love South Africa. It was taken near Thornhill in the Eastern Cape. Truly a hidden wonder.

Proudly South African

It really frustrates me to hear South Africans talking about how they can’t wait to leave the country. Everyone knows at least one of these people. They complain about the poor economy, the failing government and rampant poverty challenging the country. They venerate ‘overseas’, shiny, First World countries and endorse an unrelenting “the grass is always greener” attitude. A large majority of the time these same people are back home in six months time, their tails tucked regretfully between their legs, after a miserable and homesick experience.

I am ashamed to admit that I used to be one of those people. But I am older and wiser now. I would love to travel in order encounter all the world has to offer, but my suspicions tell me that it will be difficult to live up to my high expectations after living in South Africa. And I am not discomforted to admit that I love South Africa. Sure, our country experiences difficulties. What country doesn’t? Driving through the unspoiled countryside of the Eastern Cape I cannot help but feel my heart swell with pride at being privileged enough co-exist alongside such unabashed beauty. I do not doubt the indulgent nature of this statement, yet is it not better to be taken aback by the natural beauty of the countryside rather than idolize material objects such as fancy sports cars and flat screen televisions??

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of taking a trip to the local cinema to watch Material, a proudly South African movie featuring a totally homegrown cast. And I was not disappointed. Not only was Material one of the best South African movies I have seen in a long time, it put a smile on my face at a time when I really needed to feel the corners of my mouth twitch in delight. I was really impressed with this film and I will recommend it to everyone I know because it is definitely yet another reason to adore this country.

What do you love about the country you live in?? 🙂

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Something that made me smile today

I love looking through old photographs and today I stumbled across this picture I took a couple of years ago in Knysna, South Africa. It is one of my favourite places in the world. This photograph is reminiscent of amazing times with family and friends in a beautiful place. A nostalgia that always makes me smile 🙂

What made you smile today??