we headed up to Limpopo with our friends for the long weekend (monday was Heritage Day in here in South Africa), to a big house in the Waterberg. after a torturous drive up (friday after-work traffic before a long weekend is never an easy task), we had an idyllic weekend of lazing, swimming, cooking, eating, game playing and even celebrating my birthday a bit. of course there was also a little wine involved and lots of games. i got some sun on my face to get back in the swing of summer and it was nice to relax after almost a solid year of (very cherished) guests. i didn’t take my camera, but a few shots from my iphone were taken- my favorite is of our friend’s dog Ninja who lazily plopped down in the middle of our game of Viking Chess as if it was the most obvious spot in the world to take a rest. thanks to the homies for a great weekend!
This weekend our friends decided to trek to the BMW international polo match between South Africa and India. I had a lovely time sipping wine (with ice in it, because when in Rome…), googling the rules for Polo and half heartedly cheering for India (as noted I was on the wine). We packed a picnic, celebrated the arrival of summer weather (oh yes, THIS is why we love it here),
stomped divots watched other people stomp divots (re: The Wine).
The day before P and I made zucchini and chickpea “falafel.” I got the idea from Whole Living (via Pinterest) but re-worked it to include tastier elements and added tzatziki (which in Turkish is pronounced ja-jeeky FYI) thanks to inspiration from all the meals we ate at my friend Tulin’s place during our Berlin years.
Two of my best girlfriends have been visiting us for the past two weeks. We went on safari in Kruger and flew down to Cape Town and explored Johannesburg thoroughly. It was a blissful time and I wish your best friends could always be across the hall, a few steps away like they were in college. It was sad to take them to the airport yesterday but if we all lived in the same place we probably wouldn’t have spent the last two weeks spotting lions together in Kruger, wine tasting in the Western Cape and eating meat and pap with our hands at a shisa nyama in Soweto. I feel so thankful that so many of our friends have come and visited us here in South Africa (and when we were in Berlin) and all the priceless memories we have running around the world with them.
Thanks for coming, Anna and Mo! xx
Last Thursday P and I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein. It’s exciting to finally have a proper art museum in Joburg! The first exhibit is called ‘WAM! Seeing Stars’ and is filled with works ranging from bronze statues by Sydney Kumalo, to charcoal drawings by William Kentridge to wooden masks from Nigeria and beadwork from the Eastern Cape.
It’s housed in what was a former petrol station and re-designed by Nina Cohen, Fiona Garson and William Martinson into the current modern beauty, with a lovely view of the Nelson Mandela Bridge. My favorite pieces were a photo of the inside of the Ponte City building and a charcoal piece by William Kentridge that is the left pane of a tryptich. It features a the Businessman from his animations, and on the bottom is noted “London is a suburb of Johannesburg.’ Ha! Indeed.
Scroll your mouse over the picture to get the address and opening hours of WAM, which opens to the public on May 19th.
**For my WAM image I layered three pictures I took of the opening to get a multiple exposure effect, and used the gradient tool to get the pink ombre, as well as the Super Braggadacio font to create a clipping mask in Photoshop, and some html/css code to create the image rollover. The entire(ly tiny) scope of my Photoshop knowledge is entirely because of the lovely blog Pugly Pixel, and how to do all of these things can be found on her generous and helpful blog.
As we head towards winter I’m glad that my friend Sazi introduced me to another adorable and yummy food spot in Jozi to keep me Warm & Glad (har har) when my drafty house is not. It is a combination of a coffee shop, specialty grocery store, cafe and art gallery. Currently on display are colorful screen prints that had me thinking about dropping some rands, they serve fresh juices (apple-carrot-ginger!) and their hot chocolate is a cup of steaming milk with pieces of milk chocolate to mix in on the side. Adorbs. A small but delicious menu with plenty of variety, and…free wifi! Try it, you’ll like it.
357 Jan Smuts Avenue
Corner St Alban’s Road
Park in St Alban’s Road
Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 4.30pm
Saturdays: 8.30am to 12.30pm
It took me a while to start visiting the Jozi art galleries- in Berlin galleries are everywhere, in your face, it is a city replete with galleries and artists (as well as over-saturated with “artists”). When Nick and Rachel came we checked out a few (The Goodman Gallery and the David Kruts Project Gallery on Jan Smuts) at Rachel’s insistence. I’m glad we did because I haven’t been able to stop. They noticed us eyeing a piece by Ryan Arenson (instagrammed poorly above) and to start our South African art collection they bought it for us as a wedding present, leaving it behind when they left as a surprise. It was so thoughtful I almost teared up. Last week Nico and I toured the galleries twice last week in the Maboneng Precinct. The David Kruts Print Workshop there is showing linocuts by William Kentridge which are lovely. Check out this preview of his hour long animated film about Johannesburg called “Anything Is Possible.” You can watch the whole things for free on PBS if you live in the States.
This weekend we had a delicious dinner at a bumping shebeen called 707 Panyaza in Orlando West, Soweto. We gorged on the buy and braai, achaar (which was more of a [delicious!] salad), pap, and the awesome music . We enjoyed a brew and danced in our chairs (it hadn’t quite turned into a dance party so I had to satisfy myself with remaining in my chair) and received a couple amused looks by the regulars. 707 is going to become a regular stop on our Jozi tour for our future guests and I can’t WAIT to go back and do more than just chair-dance to the music. Nico and Elisabeth also agreed that it was the highlight of our weekend. Much thanks to Steffen and Sibo for the tip.
707 Panyaza is located at:
White City Jabavu, Soweto
1736 Tumahole Street
Punching that into your gps will get you within a kilometer and then just ask around. Enjoy! xx
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As part of our jam-packed and thoroughly awesome show-Johannesburg-off-tour with our visiting friends, Saturday night we did chef Dario de Angeli’s Cube Tasting Kitchen in Parktown North. We spent an evening working our way through a nine course tasting menu (and … Continue reading