I attended an African culture festival this weekend. An artist who goes by the Instagram handle @VisualPaint painted a portrait in under 5 minutes. I’ve never seen visual painting live so I was intrigued and I thought I’d share the video here. See if you can guess who the painting is of.
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A few weeks ago, I fulfilled my dream of climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 19,341 ft, it is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Several routes are available for climbing the mountain. My group and I used Lemosho which is 7 days round-trip: 5.5 days to reach the summit, and 1.5 Continue Reading
I’m starting to get homesick…Specifically, I miss Cape Town. The good natured people, the mountains, the ocean, the extraordinary mix of people, I miss it all. I found the picture below on the Facebook page of a friend. Enjoy it.
One of the most fun things we did during our trip to South Africa was visit Stellenbosch, the wine country just outside of Cape Town. We decided to visit Rust en Vrede, a 300 year old winery specializing in Shiraz, Cabernet, and Merlot. Nelson Mandela chose Rust en Vrede to be served at his Nobel Continue Reading
I hate to keep harping on about stereotypes about Africa but I found a Youtube video with pictures of cities in Africa and couldn’t wait to share it. An American friend of mine attended a conference in Mozambique a few years ago. She returned really upset because Maputo, the capital city, had skyscrapers. I guess Continue Reading
Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie (author of “Half of a Yellow Sun”) gave a great TEDTalks speech about how stereotypes are born. Basically, she cautions that if we only hear a single story about a group of people, we come to think of them only in that context and can not imagine them as anything else. I Continue Reading
One of the artists we met in Cape Town was a talented young man named Thamba. His specialty is oil paintings on canvas. Here is a brief interview with him. Question: Describe your painting technique. Answer: My painting technique is oil on canvas. I use a palette knife instead of a brush to Continue Reading
One of our stops in Cape Town was at Ithemba Labantu (Hope for the people), a community center run by the Lutheran church. It follows the same concept as the Boys and Girls club but has services for adults too. It provides a place for school kids to hang out after school. People from the Continue Reading
The best game reserves in South Africa are in the north east part of the country. We didn’t have enough time to visit Kruger national park which was highly recommended by everyone we spoke to. However, on our drive along the Garden Route, we came across a private reserve aptly called Garden Route Game Drive. Continue Reading
We rented a car during our trip to South Africa, and on the advice of friends, took a couple days to drive east from Cape Town along the coast. By the way, cars drive on the left side in South Africa. It was unnerving at first but we did get used to it. What was Continue Reading