A Picture post: Sunday’s Shenanigans

On Sunday the Hubby took me to Gordan’s Bay because I was grumpy, and he knew how much I wanted to go to the bookstore there. I have to say that I truly appreciated it since his plan was to spend the day with his Play Station playing Grand Theft Auto V – that’s straight up love, yo! It was amazing to just spend a few hours in the sun, and it made me feel so much better about the week ahead.

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We’ve had beautiful, sunny skies this weekend even though we’re supposed to be in the heart of winter. Walking on the beach and breathing in the fresh ocean air made me feel so peaceful. I felt inspired after a day away from the hussle and bussle of the city; and because I haven’t been to the beach since the real summer months, I realized just how much I missed being outside.

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I’ve only been to Bikini Beach Bookstore one other time, but I can still remember how I felt walking through those doors for the first time. Being surrounded by what seems like endless rows of books was so exciting…

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Look at all those books!!! And these pictures only show one passage of the entire house FILLED with books. I could stay there for days browsing through the different stacks, which are supposed to be sorted alphabetically by author’s name. Speaking of author – when I walked into this store for the first time I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t think of a single author’s name #BrainFart!!
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After a couple of hours, I walked out with this pile. I am so chuffed because I managed to find a book that I’ve been meaning to read for AGES despite it being on my e-reader. I’ve already started reading it, and I am so excited to do a review.

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Satisfied with my purchases, we ended the day off with these huge ice-cream cones that gave us both tummy aches, and headed home just in time for Taufeeq to get a good dose of video games.

What are your favourite second hand book stores in the vicinity of Cape Town?

– Nihaad

JUNE – a half year reflection

So far 2015 has been a really action packed year for me. I have learnt to take risks, to be brave and to take chances. Seeing as it is half way through the year I thought it would be fitting to reflect on some of the events that stood out for me.

I went camping – twice!!

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that before this year I have never been camping. The idea of sharing a bathroom with complete strangers and sleeping in a flimsy tent outside never quite appealed to me. But then my in-laws had their annual camping holiday planned for January which my husband looked forward to all year; and being someone who likes to try new things, I was excited to go despite my reservations . Being outdoors, waking up with the rising sun and breathing in the fresh ocean air were some of the beautiful life offerings that I took for granted before.

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Camping in Langebaan

The husband and I went camping again in April for an anniversary get away which was completely different to the experience I had when we went at the beginning of the year. The campsite had no electricity so at night it was so dark that I literally could not see my hand in front of my face. But we got to work as a team that weekend which brought us even closer together as a young married couple.

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Camping in Ceres

Kayaking

I’m not sure how old I was when I first saw Titanic but I do know that ever since then I have had a very real fear of drowning. I never strayed too far into open water and I don’t particularly want to be trapped in a floating vessel half way across the sea. But this year I managed to conquer that fear. My husband loves fishing, and somewhere along the line he wanted to build a kayak so that he could take it out onto the water and fish to his hearts’ content. He never did build that kayak, but his father eventually bought one so that he could get the sudden need out of his system. When the time came to take the kayak out I jumped aboard, which was very daring of me since neither of us had any experience in kayaking (besides practising in the pool). By taking that chance I got to face my fear of drowning, and I also discovered a different kind of love and appreciation for the sea.

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Kayaking at Langebaan Lagoon and Gordan’s Bay

Ziplining

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Zip Lining in Ceres

April marked our first anniversary as a married couple, and we wanted to mark the special time with something memorable and adventurous. We ended up going for a zip line tour which was one of my most exhilarating experiences. Next on the list for us is bungee jumping!! 

A hike up the mountain

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Hiking in Ceres

Now we’ve been hiking before, but nowhere as hectic as this one. While on our anniversary getaway we were told about a hiking trail that ended by a beautiful waterfall. I have to say that about halfway up the mountain I was just about ready to throw in the towel and head back to flat land. But I pushed through because it was another experience Taufeeq and I got to share. We walked for what felt like forever, and eventually heard the majestic sound of flowing water – We’ve reached our destination!! The husband wanted to go further to see the waterfall that we’ve heard so much about, and we both felt that since we got that far it would be silly to turn back. So he wondered around while I sat at the water’s edge, keeping a look out for any hungry wild animals roaming around. He returned minutes later with a smile on his face and his hand held out to show me his precious discovery. It was perfect and beautiful and so well worth the trek. Looking back, we took a big risk hiking up that mountain alone in an unknown place with no one being sure of our whereabouts, but it was an adventure that we will always remember and a big risk we will never forget.

I hope your year so far has been one for the books as well… And if not there’s still half way to go – make it count!

– Nihaad