10 THINGS I LEARNED WHILE TRAVELING

Thursday, November 13, 2014



Most people reach a point in their lives where they abandon life in their home town in favour of exploring the world. They quit their jobs, move somewhere new and experience life with a new perspective. I’ve done this twice. First I went to Asia, and then a few years later I went to Europe. Each time I had a different reason for leaving, those reasons aren’t important now. But the lessons I learned while abroad have shaped the person I am today.

1] WE ARE ALL THE SAME, NO MATTER WHAT LANGUAGE WE SPEAK, FOOD WE EAT OR PLACE WE LIVE
When you’re young and you travel abroad for the first time, you expect to be overwhelmed by new and exciting things. You expect people to be cooler, more interesting, more diverse, and more tolerant. They aren’t. People are the same all over the world. They care about the same things we do. The nicest people I have ever met have been South African. The most patriotic South African’s live abroad though.

2] CRIME IS EVERYWHERE
In South Africa we tend to polarise our crime stats. As if they only happen to us. The truth is, there is crime everywhere. The same precautions I would take when going out in Long Street, I would take when going out in London, Tokyo and New York.


3] I DON’T NEED TO OWN THINGS
When I lived abroad, it always felt temporary. My home never felt like my forever home. A couch was never something I owned, it was always something I had, purely because I needed somewhere to sit. This sort of mind set is liberating. When I came home and spent time with friends that hadn’t travelled I was taken aback by all the stuff they had. All the things they owned or were still paying for. It seemed so unnecessary. Now I see it differently, my possessions aren’t an extension of myself, they are merely life’s accessories, things I have to make my life easier. Is this how I know I am a grown up?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 



PALM TREES, NOT PINE TREES TAKE CENTRE STAGE THIS FESTIVE SEASON

I've been a huge fan of Heather Moore’s Skinny laMinx range since I first saw her products on display at the 2008 Design Indaba. Heather’s style of melding classic Scandinavian design with modern colours is absolutely inspired. Her newly launched Christmas range does not disappoint.

Lucky for you we have arranged for a fantastic giveaway for 2 lucky readers: 

1st prize: A medium sized soft bucket in the absolutely gorgeous palmetto design valued at R320
2nd prize: A set of 2 woodpile napkins valued at R165

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me which colour tea towel and soft bucket you’d like or tweet to tell me and make sure you follow me as well as Heather on twitter.

This giveaway is open to South African residents only. Winners will be announced on Tuesday the 25th of November.

Easy-peasy!

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