Im actually moving and staying up right but only with the help of a snow shovel

Throwback Thursday: The foreigner tries ice-skating in Russia

When my Russian friends Alexander and Anastasia heard that I have never actually ice-skated before, they took it upon themselves to teach me. They picked me up early one Saturday morning and we headed out to their weekend house ( Datcha) just outside of Moscow close to a small town named Shishken. Their weekend house looks like a…

Cappadocia in Turkey

The number ONE way to experience Cappadocia

I am absolutely terrified of heights and looking over the edge of a mountain scares me to no end. But I do believe that, once a year, I should do something that scares the hell out of me. When I read about taking a hot-air balloon and drifting across the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in…

My current Muse: Western Cape, South-Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This weeks’ photo challenge is to show your muse — the subject you turn to frequently, that leaves you inspired each time! At the moment my Muse is the colourful buildings and people of the Western Cape in South-Africa. Each time I go exploring I come upon a new brightly coloured treasure, and I cant wait…

Cape Town Minstrels

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

The weekly photo challenge vivid imediately bought to mind the bright, intense and cheerful colours of the Cape Town Minstrels. In CAPE TOWN, South Africa you get to watch these colourful and brightly dressed mistrels parade the streets as they celebrate the Tweede Nuwe Jaar event ( Second new years ). The Cape Minstrels (also known as the Kaapse Klopse)…

Unwanted Night visitor in my room

Unwanted Night visitor in my room

 I loved the narrow three story house tucked away at the end of the alley where we lived in Ho Chi Minh city,Vietnam. Three of my co-teachers and I shared this house, in one of the Northern Suburbs, far away from the touristy areas of the city. This was the perfect place to experience the culture…

Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Surviving My 3 Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is filled with skyscrapers, ancient temples, motorbikes, people on bicycles and more motorbikes. While living in Ho Chi Minh I got myself a canary yellow 1969 super cup motorbike, which I named Buttercup. It couldn’t go faster than 60km per hour but in a city as crowded as Ho Chi Minh City…

My apartment building!

Throwback Thursday: My struggle for my first cup of coffee in Moscow

My Russian adventure officially started September 2010! The unknown, the secretiveness of Moscow acted like a magnet for me. Since I can remember I have always been interested in finding out what actually goes on behind the “iron curtain”. I grabbed at the chance to work and live in Moscow and couldn’t wait to start my adventure. Although…

Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh – Spring in Japan

The Freshness of Spring creates the perfect atmosphere for rejuvenation and well-being. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth. There is definitely a sense of renewal and new life all around. The appearance of the Cherry blossoms in Japan bring with it an energy of change and something new. The fragrance of the fresh…

The Bo-Kaap (2)

Cape Town Free Walking Tour

These days most big cities have walking tours and some, like South-Africa’s Cape Town, even has free walking tours. At the end of the tour you can tip the guide but don’t feel bad if you cant afford too, that is why they are called free walking tours. You get a guided tour from a local…

Cape Town City Hall is a large Edwardian building in Cape Town city centre which was built in 1905.

Disregard of a Straight Arrow!?!?

I actually got to see the inside of the beautiful town hall of Cape Town the other day. Unfortunately it was not to explore it, but to go and squash a traffic fine that I got the other day. Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. I have just moved back to South Africa and have…

Eyes on Long street

Eyes on Long street

I have noticed that there are quite a few mosaic benches and seats popping up all over Cape Town lately. It seems that Cape Town is really doing South-Africa proud as the Design Capital of the year and I love seeing all these new changes to this great city. I read that they are adding…

Lotus Park in the south of Xian

Lotus Park in the south of Xian

One of my most peaceful experiences in China was spending the morning in the Lotus Park in the south of Xian. While on our huge China Odyssey my mom and I rarely had time to just sit and relax as there was so much to see and so many places to go to. So spending…

Rule of Thirds in Bali

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds in Bali

This weeks Photo Challenge, compose your subject off-center, obeying the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. The “Rule of Thirds” one of the first things that budding digital photographers learn about…

Chinese Opera

The Screeching of Chinese Opera

You don’t need to understand Cantonese or be familiar with the stories of Chinese history and mythology from which the dramas of Chinese opera are written to enjoy it. The performance alone is entertainment enough, with their spectacle of colourful costumes and extravagant sets. Before attending the Chinese Opera in Beijing I had heard a…

Babylponstoren puff adder walkway

5 Things that make Babylonstoren Enchanting

A perfect summers day is spending a couple of hours walking through the extensive gardens or Babylonstoren and ending it with a delicious winetasting session or with lunch at the Babylonstoren glasshouse. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm in the Western Cape with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The…

Luxor Temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry – Egypt

Symmetry. Architecture that is balanced in its use of lines and shapes creating rhythms in the structure.  These are the magnificent pillars found at Luxor Temple in Egypt. Its amazing what can be built without the help of technology.   New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your…

African Crafts in the Harbour

African Crafts in the Harbour

Hout Bay, nestled between the mountains and the ocean, is where crafters come to ply their trade. It is also here that most seal or shark spotting cruises leave so its the ideal spot to trade to tourists. As I walked through this craft market it was hard to believe that I was only a…

Seagulls

Seagulls: Garbage men with Wings.

Seagulls screech and they are loud and smelly. They are scavengers, nuisances and known as garbage men with wings. This is still my opinion of them although I had loads of fun photographing them in Hout Bay Harbour. As I was walking around Hout Bay Harbour the seagulls were flocking and my presence didnt even…

The rainfall on this side is much higher than on the other faces, hence the dense vegetation

The most Beautiful Garden in Africa

I live 10min drive from the most beautiful garden in Africa, and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and definitely lives up to its reputation. The entry into this beautiful garden is R45 so its well worth…

Wine tasting at Babylonstoren

Wine tasting at Babylonstoren

One of the biggest perks about living in the heart of the wine lands is that I can go for winetastings in some of the most beautiful places. I am a big fan of taking day trips out into the country to explore a place I have never been before. I think of them as…