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My 500th Blog Post: 5 Things I Love and Hate about Joburg

1) What I love about Joburg: The people This is a cliché and it flies in the face of Condé Nast‘s ludicrous pronouncement (ludicrous, I tell you!) that Johannesburg is the world’s unfriendliest city. But as a whole, people in Joburg are nicer, funnier, more creative, more genuine, and more interesting than people in any other place. Raymond, a street vendor in Newtown. 1) What I hate about Joburg: The traffic Traffic in Joburg sucks. And it’s dangerous. In fact Joburg’s traffic is far more life-threatening than its crime. Overlooking the traffic on William Nicol Drive in Fourways. If you’ve been there, then you know. 2) What I love about Joburg: The skyline I’ve written about the skyline many times. (See here and here and here.) The Joburg skyline is spectacular. It’s Joburg’s brand, and I love it. A view of the Joburg skyline from a rooftop on Rissik Street. 2) What I hate about Joburg: The poverty Obviously poverty exists all over the world. But in Joburg it’s not unusual to encounter a barefoot street child in rags, kneeling in the center of a busy intersection at 11 o’clock at night. Joburg’s poverty is terrible and it’s not okay. An informal settlement in Alexandra […]

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Glass

Instagram for Art’s Sake, installment #5. I took three photos this morning, all within about 30 minutes of waking up. It was only later that I realized all three pictures portray the same substance. I must have dreamed about glass last night. Piece of a wind chime hanging outside my back door. This is not the most aesthetically pleasing Instagram photo I’ve ever taken. But it’s a photo of glasses, sitting behind glass, with a glass window reflected in the glass. So I had to include it. My bathroom window. Technically the window is covered by burglar bars. But I don’t think of these beautiful metal objects as burglar bars. To me, they’re art. I was skimming through my blog the other day and noticed that lately, I’ve veered from the subject matter that made 2Summers what it is. With the exception of a few posts here and there, I haven’t written about fun things to do in Jozi for weeks. I guess that’s because I haven’t been doing many fun things lately. I haven’t been in the mood. However, a long weekend looms and I’m feeling motivated to get out there. So if you’re getting bored with the artsy, reflective 2Summers, […]

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