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This was a comfortable space but a change was needed and I’m excited about my own .com domain to take liyapilly to the next level, yay! Thanks to the husband who motivated me and helped with this big move. The new site needs work and eventually will have a different look and perhaps new title. But, from now on I’ll be blogging at
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Work has been keeping me super busy.
To celebrate the end of a successful school year (alhumdulillah), we’re going to Miami for five days once school ends at the end of the month. This makes it 3 times for Florida – I’ve been with my family to Orlando, Daytona and Fort Lauderdale (and did all that kid-Disney stuff), last year I attended a conference in Tampa Bay/St. Pete’s and visited the beautiful Clearwater on the Gulf Coast, and now this time I’m hoping to finish off this state once and for all in Miami with a hotel on South Beach and a possible visit to the The Keys. And then… when I return, it’s off to summer school I go for 1 month – yup I’m in school an EXTRA month this year. With exams just on the horizon, I’m looking forward to this much needed getaway. I don’t even care if it’s the beginning of hurricane season…
The windows in the tiny room wouldn’t open so there’s a faint vertical line running through the photo. Can’t be picky… location doesn’t get better than this… our hotel was on the Mount of Olives and we had a direct view across to the Dome of the Rock shining in the sun and just to the side, the dome and top of Al Aqsa. I have a real story to tell, and it’s not just about how the camera battery died at the absolute worst moment. Getting to Jerusalem was not easy…
Exciting news! One of my pictures from my trip to South Africa recently was in the paper!! I sent in some pics when I was making a photo album and then promptly forgot about them. THEN – My mom came across the picture in the newspaper the other day and told me she had paused at that photo thinking “this looks familiar” when she noticed the name beside it… my name! That’s right, my real first and last name in the paper beside MY photo. That made my day! Until… the husband questioned whether it was he who took the photo, or me. Hmm.
I’d put a link to it here but can’t find it online. Comments have been turned off, email me for details if you care
I think this is a nice conclusion and closure on my South African travel posts that seem to be never-ending. Time to start blogging about someplace else in the world.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is a pretty shopping area by the ocean, very busy with tourists in the summer. It reminded me of our Toronto harbourfront area that gets packed with people during long summer days and how much I’m really starting to dislike big crowds. I used to like being able to blend in with the crowd to disappear, so nobody would notice me, now I just want to have space to take my pictures, or sit down and admire the view without seeing tons of heads in front of me.
Above: Mandela, moi, and some kind of coke carton sculpture in the background
I’ve never been a fan of travelling to go shopping and wouldn’t go out of my way to visit a mall, unless I’m in a place that’s all about malls, such as Dubai or some kind of fascinating marketplace, like a Morrocan souq. I know some people can get very excited about crossing the border to get great deals from the States but even that has never really appealed to me. Everything I need is right here in the major shopping mall across the street. If I’m travelling, it’s to experience a different culture and country, not to experience their shopping. So keeping this all in mind, I can’t really say much about the stores and shopping on this trip because the only thing we bought was ice cream. I can however comment on the beautiful weather and how nice the mountains looked in the background, and the pretty sea on the other side.
I was pleased with our last trip to Africa in the spring, Egypt was not crowded with tourists at all. We just booked our summer travel. I’m predicting less crowds than this country is known for especially at this time of year. Another case of political instability I guess you can call it. I don’t want to give away many clues. Can you guess where we booked?
You might know about Robben Island because it is where former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (and many other political prisoners) were imprisoned during the apartheid. The island is about 8km away from Cape Town and ferries regularly take boats of tourists to the former prison to learn about the site. Two things I found surprising: 1. ex prisoners conduct the tours, 2. people still live on the island. I can’t imagine how one can conduct tours of the very place where you spent your worst time…
Above: View of Table Mountain & Cape Town from the island
Above: Entrance, Nelson Mandela’s cell, barbed wire fence.
In the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, the Drakensberg Mountains create landscapes that look like they could be right out of British Columbia with a dash of the Grand Canyon sprinkled in. It was somewhere here that we visited a placed called Potholes.
Such a strange name but well-suited.
These “potholes” in the ground are naturally formed and have become a tourist attraction for their odd shape in the scenic landscape around. I don’t know the science of these how these holes came to be, but it was really nice walking on the many pedestrian bridges that connect over them and provide view points to the water and rock down below.
This was one of my favourite places on the trip.