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Adventure time
CapeTown

I will miss you. On to Edinburgh, London and travel. The unknown, the exciting, the glorious anonymity.

Wanderings, explorations, sites and smells. Cape Town is home, but there are adventures to be had. Check in to see my experiences shared here as I find my way and learn as I go. Onwards and upwards.

{To wander} Woodstock, Cape Town
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Following the end of our photography course, a group of us decided to get together and explore Woodstock in Cape Town, an area once thought to be a run down, possibly dangerous area, it has become popular over the past few years amongst the creative and entrepreneurial. Apart from the ever popular Old Biscuit Mill's buzzing Neighbourhood Goods Market and Woodstock Exchange, there is also a wonderful community, most of whom were friendly all along the way, some even offering advice on how to get the best shots. Yes, there is poverty and there are areas you walk through a little quicker, but this wander gave me a great perspective and I hope the following photos illustrate that:

{To wander} Hikes on Lion's Head
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Ah Cape Town, how you bless us so with your glorious scenery and hikes a mere few minutes from the city centre. Such a wonderful way to clear the head and make one feel teeny tiny in the big scheme of things. I won't ramble today, instead I leave you with a few photos from our most recent walk up Lion's Head. Thank you to Sister and Roomie for the mini adventure.

Learning and light painting
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Photography. Hold that camera, set it to auto, take the shot, and you're golden right? Not so much. Having sat on my interest in photography for far too long, I bought a great little SLR camera (a Nikon D3200) and decided to get serious. However, saving for my move across the world to Edinburgh later this year, coupled with the camera purchase, left me rather short of any excess cash. So you can imagine my excitement when I won a basic course in photography with Fast Forward in Cape Town.

I am a giddy student, notebook in tow, enjoying every moment. Photography is a serious art. I knew nothing about aperture, shutter speed and ISO before this, and whilst I always appreciated talented photographers, and their choice of composition, I didn't realise how tricky it is. I have loved learning something new and joining a wonderful group of students on their journey to photography greatness. What I have particularly enjoyed learning is how it is ALL ABOUT LIGHT. If you shoot in good lighting, it's hard to go too wrong. If you think about life in terms of light... focusing on the light (the goodness) the darkness seems to fall away, as naturally and simply  as switching on a light in a dark room. That's some food for thought for today. :) If there is something that you have been thinking about doing or studying for a long time... do it. I can't tell you how truly fulfilling it is.

Last night we had our light painting practical lesson or what was really two hours of fun, playing with flashes and fairy lights and generally feeling like creative kids again. This was the highlight of my week, my choice moment to share with you all with creativity:

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{To celebrate} Argus time, achievements and cycling

This last weekend was the annual cycle race, The Argus. The biggest timed race in the world, thousands take part, including my dad and sister, oh and Richard Branson this year. I'm always so amazed by the time and training put into that day, everyone facing the heat and wind to cycle 111km. Don't get me wrong, I see the the appeal in being a part of something so huge, the stunning scenery of Cape Town and the feeling of achievement as you cross the finish line. Whilst I don't see myself signing up, it got me thinking about success and what it means to different people. It reminded me that succeeding at anything takes hard work and sometimes sacrifice. We are all capable of achieving whatever it is we set out to if we are willing. I have taken a small step in the right direction by doing a 30 Day Drawing Challenge with a dear friend. Perhaps I'll share some pictures if I'm feeling brave one day :) Back to The Argus, let's celebrate the art of cycling... starting with my awesome sister!

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And in case you're keen.. Here's a link to the 30 Day Drawing Challenge I am doing :) Over and out*

{Inspired} Thank-you belly, for allowing me to meet Jessica Hische

Yep. Yes you read that correctly.I had an incredible week of inspiration, attending the Design Indaba Young Designer's Simulcast,where they stream the live speakers in the main auditorium and it is 3 days of pure awesomeness. I left each day feeling completely exhausted but buzzed with all the amazing presentations. Truly fascinating people spoke, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. To be honest, it was much needed as I have been feeling rather creatively flat of late.

Anywho, I digress. My absolute type-design-hero, Jessica Hische spoke with fellow epic designer, Marian Bantjes on day 3. Having planned to rush upstairs in a nerdy attempt to meet her, I lost my nerve and carried on with the day, eating lunch, wandering around the always wonderful Design Indaba Expo and listening to other speakers. Come 4pm, I went on a hunt for food. Like a starved panda searching for bamboo I rushed into the expo with only 15 minutes until the next speaker. The juice bar was closed for no apparent reason so I headed for where I thought the Woolies food stand was.. When I passed a girl with an American accent, I didn't think twice about it... until I looked down and saw them... the cat tights! When she had started her talk, she had joked that she was "basically wearing the internet". In a true design nerd moment I scrambled around in my DI free issue backpack, and pulled out my Moleskine and a marker. Walking up to the two ladies, I sheepishly asked JH to sign my book. Instead, she did this:

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So. Awesome? And a kitty!? A girl after my own heart. I cannot fully express how incredible this moment was for me. She was so friendly and easy to chat to. I went from fan to Superfan in a day :) Hence the thanks to my dear, predictably grumbly belly. It's not every day that your favourite designer comes all the way to Cape Town. *Happy Stace*

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I'm going to end with some of her gorgeous work. She spoke about obsession being crucial for success. Her amazing work didn't come from no-where... this chick has put in the time and effort. Inspiring indeed.

All images from her site: jessicahische.is/awesome