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Tired of London? …tired of life

It already feels like an age ago, but one evening in London, on our way to a delightful Ethiopian feast, we enjoyed a glorious sunset as we rambled along Hampstead Heath.

Dr Johnson said something like “anyone who is tired of London is tired of life”. On an evening like this one, it’s impossible not to agree.


Photos by CIA and PJD, atop Hampstead Heath; we particularly liked the way the Shard glinted in the sun. Love it or hate it, it’s an impressive sight.

Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette

I was pretty excited about this week’s photo challenge theme, until I realised that probably the two best silhouette photos that I have ever taken, I have already posted previously, here and here. Nevertheless, PJD also has something of a penchant for snapping the odd silhouette photo, and I think the photo below, taken in the Tate Tanks is pretty awesome. The silhouettes of the strangers, walking in, through, amongst the art in the eerie space of the Tanks are captured in a pretty unusual way, and the presence of shadowy silhouettes  as well, without it being clear who they belong to, only adds to this effect. I also love how the pink of the woman’s trousers pops against the murky darkness, and the the movement of her silhouette contrasts with the stillness of the other silhouettes in the scene.


Photo by PJD, The Tate Tanks, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.

London calling

Looking at this photo, I can understand if you think it was probably taken the first time I visited London. But… no. This was my fourth time in the great city, after first having fallen for its charms 10 years ago on my first trip there. However, the novelty of London never seems to wear off for me (is anyone who doesn’t live there tired of London?!), as evidenced by this photo (and my super cheesy expression). Much to PJD’s chagrin (in many instances), I am also the first one to suggest posing in a typical tourist spot, and quickly hamming it up for the camera. These phone boxes certainly fit the bill (added bonus of Big Ben towering in the background!), and I dashed in there before PJD could protest. If nothing else, it makes travelling just that little more entertaining and fun, even he will admit that.

So what about you? What’s your tourist-style – eager to take a memorable photo home of you in a typical landmark, or happy to just stroll on by?! I’m keen to know if I am an odd one among travellers here, so let us know on the comments…


Photo by PJD, trying to look inconspicuous taking a photo of CIA looking highly conspicuous, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.


A walk in the park

I’m very much in the midst of adjusting to a brand new job. This week, I’m working from my original home-town of Auckland. This evening, I made sure I could leave work on time, to meet my Mum for a walk in one of the city’s beautiful parks. This one is somewhat hidden, but it’s worth finding, especially on a spring evening like this one.

The interplay between light and dark, shadows and sunshine, and the silhouettes created, meant I just had to take a few pictures. The big open space in the middle of the city, with a canopy of fresh green leaves above our heads with the light shining through, was the perfect way to wind down from a busy day stuck in the CBD.

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Little moments in time

As PJD wrote yesterday, the pace of everyday life is fairly fast. So much so, that sometimes we (you, me, us) don’t really stop to catch those little moments (momentjes) in time which are hidden, not immediately apparent and which take a little more time to notice. A few weeks ago, I was reminded of this, as we slowed the pace of life down and meandered, somewhat aimlessly, enjoying the sunshine, through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam. It seemed like the whole city was out that day, enjoying the beautiful warmth, and we were just three friends, among many, our chatter and laughter melding into that around us of strangers, as the minutes, hours passed lazily by. Somewhere along the way, we caught a glimpse of this beautiful doorway out of the corner of our eyes. We’d already walked past, even though our pace was slow, yet it was so lovely in the dappled mid-afternoon light, that we just had to turn back and take another look. We all had smiles on our faces, as we walked away again. Little moments in time, spent with special people really are life’s simplest joys. As we look towards embarking on a new adventure together, it’s comforting to know that so many splendid memories will be carried with us, and as we go, remembering to relish the little moments in time, wherever we may be.


Photo by CIA, Amsterdam, August 2012.


A birthday in photos

Stunning Swiss sunflowers and sunshine – the day was off to a great start.

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The best charity song I ever heard

Are you a Flight of the Conchords fan? If not, you probably should be. Why? Because they will make you laugh. A lot. And after all, they are New Zealand’s fourth best comedy folk duo (they said it themselves). Flight of the Conchords, with their particular brand of Kiwi comedy (I’m always interested to know how far it translates to other parts of the world? We’ve introduced many a foreign friend to the joys of The Distant Future, their BBC Radio series, and both seasons one and two of their HBO show) always make me laugh, and when I was feeling really sick with the flu last week, I couldn’t have been happier to find their latest song, Feel Inside (and stuff like that). Sure, I am always  happy to hear the (strangely) comforting tones of the Kiwi accent whilst I am so far from Aotearoa, but forget about fourth best. This is the best charity song I ever heard (so cool these guys are using their powers for good! Big ups!). Oh and the kids in the video are ridiculously adorable and hilarious. You’ll see what I mean. If you are in the mood for a laugh, get watching below!


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