Beach 67 at the Rockaways

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Beach 67 Far Rockaway NYC

Many people who don’t live in NYC are surprised that there are beaches here and that some are even accessible by subway for the fare of USD 2.50 one-way. Today was my third time on Beach 67 in the Rockaways, Queens. There are a bunch of beaches in the Rockaways but I like Beach 67 because you don’t have to change from the A train to the Shuttle; it is quiet; it is a 5 min walk from the subway to the beach; and there is a pretty decent Thai spot right by the station for lunch and a lovely clean bathroom. There is no swimming but then again, why would you want to??? The water is freezing and not very clean looking (or smelling).

The Cape in black and white

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Last night I planned to come home, make soup and edit photos. Instead I ended up making soup and ironing. So this evening I excitedly lay down on my bed, turned on my PC (which only gets used to backup my iPad and to edit in Lightroom) only to realise I forgot my mouse in Durban a few weeks ago. Editing without a mouse really sucks…so I was a little lazy with these, but I love the way they look on the iPad screen and in the 16×9 crop. The couple on the pier is my favourite – he is actually blind. It is a stunning photo in color too because both her coat and the light are red.

Last batch of CT photos coming tomorrow – and it’s back on the plane tomorrow night to Durban for work.

Left my soul there, down by the sea

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Got to spend the weekend by the sea, visiting Cape Town. Reminded me of one of my favourite songs by Morcheeba, sums up my time perfectly:

Flocking to the sea
Crowds of people wait for me
Sea gulls scavenge
Steal ice cream
Worries vanish
Within my dream

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

Fishing boats sail past the shore
No singing may-day any more
The sun is shining
The Water’s clear
Just you and I walk along the pier

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

A cool breeze flows but mind the wasp
Some get stung it’s worth the cost
I’d love to stay
The city calls me home
More hassles fuss and lies on the phone

Bumming on the beach in Durban

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As I sit and write this I am fighting off an invasion of flying ants (South African will know they don’t look anything like ants) that are going mad as a result of the storm outside. My bags for Joburg are packed and I am sad to be saying goodbye to another weekend. Since this week is shaping up to be even busier than last I thought I should post this now, and not stress about blogging and speech writing tomorrow…

Even though Durban is technically still my home town, I struggle to keep track of the latest cool places to hang out. Yesterday I was invited to a reunion drinks for my old flat mate Alli at a place called Beach Bums in Westbrook, just north of Durban. It reminded me of some of the bar/clubs in Diani beach, Kenya, where the norm is to be shoeless and to enjoy your drinks with a view of the sea.

Beach Bums isn’t quite the Kenyan coast, but it was a lot of fun with a very relaxed vibe. I also enjoy being able to go somewhere where you don’t need to dress up and you don’t have to wear shoes (I hate wearing shoes).

The place is perfect for a chilled get together, and since it closes at 10 pm you know you’ll still be in bed at a decent time. There is also a backpackers there but I don’t think it’s for the feint-hearted.

65 Casuarina Beach, Westbrook(just off the M4)
Telephone: +27 32 943 1132
Email: beachbums@mweb.co.za

The best thing about a bar on the beach is being able to sneak off an take photos, especially when there is a cool abandoned building nearby.

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Going down to Durban town

In just a few hours I will be hopping on to a plane and flying down to Durban to visit my family. I am unsually excited about this, but I guess over the past two years I haven’t spent much time in the city that I grew up in, and absence makes the heart grow fonder.
But first I have to get through the work day – and while we only work a half-day on a Friday, we have a compulsory cleaning day today. That means not only will I have to clean my office I will have to get all my work done too. *sigh*

Enough negativity though, I wanted to post about the things I love most about visiting Durban.

1. The sea – I was born by the sea and grew up by the sea. I like just being able to see it every day, to smell it, to hear the waves crashing. I love the way the sun reflects off it. I love counting the ships waiting to come in.

2. The beach – yes the sea and the beach go together but you can enjoy the sea without stepping foot on the beach.

3. Seeing my mom and my Moo.

4. The general chaos of my parent’s house – my house in Joburg is so quiet and ordered. I can leave anything without worrying that some critter (usually Koko the African Grey) will destroy it within minutes. In small doses the chaos is quite entertaining.

This is Koko, destroyer of all things.

5. John and Joanna’s cooking – my sister and her boyfriend and amazing cooks. I love that I don’t have to come anywhere near the kitchen while I am in Durban. And all the meals are better-than-restaurant quality.

This was John and Joanna making 'Zulu' sushi - with fillet steak in place of fish. It was amazing.