Lazy weekend

I had a fabulous but super lazy weekend. I spent Friday night at a friend’s house where we watched the Spanish movie, The skin I live in. What a bizarre movie. I always wonder how people come up with such strange ideas. All I know is I was never bored during the movie, it had some unexpected twists and the ending felt justified.

 

Saturday I read a book and in the evening had dinner club with some of my new colleagues from work. It seems all of them are really great in the kitchen so I don’t know what I am going to do when it is my turn as cooking is not my forte, it basically ends with me being able to make a decent sandwich or breakfast, anything more than that will leave you disappointed. Maybe I will have a picnic brunch.

 

Today I took my mother to lunch at the all new Tei Avon (previously Mi-Vami) in Victory Park. They make some of the best shawarmas. I had a Moroccan shawarma with lamb, couscous and yoghurt which was great. I spent the evening quizzing my friend who is busy studying for an exam this week. We used to be study buddies in Varsity and although I changed courses and have long since forgotten anything we suffered through together in Varsity I have great admiration for her determination to finish and become a fully qualified actuary because you must want it bad. There are no short cuts – you just have to put in the hours. Her dream is to qualify, then quit her job and go tour the world for a year with friends and family that can join her on any part they want. This is a great motivation and fabulous idea!

Magalies meander

It is long weekend and yesterday a friend and I decided to have a little road trip and explore the bushveld along the Magalies meander. We didn’t have anything definite in mind but was geared with the Garmin and the names of few places we thought we could try. Our first stop was the Lesedi cultural village which is on Malibongwe Drive and about 30km from Johannesburg.

Lesedi means light and the people of Lesedi take you on a cultural experience where you are introduced to some of South Africa’s ethnic groups: the Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa, Ndebele and Pedi. You are welcomed to the village by the sound of the marimba, shown some history from a short DVD presentation before going on a guided tour of traditional tribal homesteads in the African bush where you learn more about their culture and traditions. Some brave souls also tried a bush delicacy in the form of mopane worms (actually a caterpillar) at one of the stops. I prefer my protein in the form of a steak so I passed on this one.

Overnight accommodation is also available in any of the villages. The tour ends in the Boma with a blend of song and dance to the rhythmic beat of African drums. After the tour you can have a true African feast in the restaurant or roam around in the Ndebele village where you can buy beautiful African curios. The tour was really informative and fun.

We decided to have lunch at the Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij in Skeerpoort where I had traditional Dutch kroketten. They have various activities such as picnics, biking, horse riding, hiking and birding. There is also a children play area outside and some farm animals. The farm has a great farm shop that sells delicious goodies, homemade cheese and wine – a great treat.

On our way home we drove through Krugersdorp and stopped at the Silverstar Casino. We had supper at a fabulous restaurant called Steak and watched the musical fountain display outside. The fountain is apparently the biggest in Africa and second biggest in the world. It was a spectacular show!

Johnny Clegg music concert

Last night I went with friends to see the Johnny Clegg concert at Montecasino and what a phenomenal show. He is a singer/songwriter who has performed for more than 30 years and the man can still sing and dance – maybe not kick as high as he used to in his youth but still impressive. He sang of his new stuff as well as hit songs such as Asimbonanga, Osijeza, Impi, Scatterings of Africa, African sky blue and Great heart from earlier albums which had people on their feet.  There was also an insert from the movie Jock of the bushveld which brought back bitter-sweet memories. His love of teaching is still apparent in tales told of touring, the meaning to songs, words, culture and dance. Some guest artists included traditional dancers and The Soweto Gospel Choir who had the most beautiful costumes. I tried to capture this on my phone but was some distance away.

It was interesting to see some people experience his music for the first time and watch their reactions and it was great to see how something like music can bring people together and breakdown stereotypes because you saw the most unlikely people show up, jump up and dance to the music which just proves again that you cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot help but feel uplifted and loving after a great show which is why music and sport is said to have done more for transformation than politics. I had the same exhilarating feeling after watching one legged men do the high jump at the Paralympics.

I had an incredible time.

Lonesome dove

It has been overcast since late yesterday afternoon with showers since last night and this morning when I went outside I found this poor young dove sitting outside in the rain trying to keep itself warm.