There is something magical about Spring Day in South Africa. In Finland, Midsummer tends to have everything but summer weather. I even remember a year it was sleeting. The same happens elsewhere in Europe. Just ask the British what is the typical weather for the Spring bank holiday… But in South Africa Spring Day is typically glorious spring weather – warm, sunny and beautiful.
Having a business breakfast outside in the morning was a great decision. The only problem was to motivate oneself to get back to the office.
The South African side of our family is passionate about Highland Dancing. Stuart’s sister, Hayley, has her own dance studio in Cape Town – and the niece, Robyn, has won the SA Championship (under 15) several times – this year being no exeption. Therefore, the SA Championships in August is a major event, with the entire family descending on us.
The day is always a lot of fun, but due to travel, work and life in general, I was unable to join them for the event itself. However, it did get me going back to my photos from year before. And because these were better than any pictures I snapped on this date itself (by a long mile), I decided to make an exception and post pictures from exactly a year ago.
If everyone knows about it, it ain’t cheating.
Today’s photo is not the best of the day. (My last day in Rome…). In fact, it was (and still is) a bad photo in many ways – overexposed, badly framed and lots of ‘noise’ in the picture (The cars really bother me). I am still not sure why I kept editing it over and over again, and trying to make it work. Something in it just spoke to me.
It’s still not the greatest of photos. But the story it tells is a story so very typical to Rome.
Saturday was Midsummer in Finland. It is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in the north, and always makes me a little homesick. To celebrate, we had a little mid-winter fire and some good food with friends. And ironically, the weather was better in Joburg than what is was in Finland…
This weekend was my 5-year Insead (MBA) reunion. It was amazing to see all the people – many for the first time since graduation. To add to the memories, the evening party was hosted in the Fontainebleau castle. A visual masterpiece, and a phenomenal party!
To continue celebrating Stuart’s birthday, we went to watch ‘Pricilla – the Queen of the Desert’ – the Musical. The show was crazier and more fun I could’ve wished for. At the end, the entire audience was at their feet. So great!
Live music, drinks, friends and bales of hay. What else could you need for a nice night out?
Another fabulous Luxembourg festival: Vianden Nut Festival. The whole day dedicated to walnuts.
Just take everyhting you can imagine that can be made of walnuts – and multiply it by two.Only thing you can’t find anywhere is a nutcracker. We have found our market space for next year.
The highight for many in this festival is the nut liquer. And the traditional ways is to smuggle in some small cups and drink it on the streets.
It’s all quite nuts, really.
For one weekend a year, Luxembourg streets are filled with stories – from acrobats to aliens.