“Whether it is rational or empirical, your approach to life must always be empathetic. Emotional intelligence is acquired when knowledge and empathy are combined and applied to situations regularly in everyday life.” Stewart Stafford
“Do not forget to look up to the stars every now and then. The universe has made you conscious – try to make sense of how it works & appreciate its beauty.” Paul Hildebrandt
I had fun at work this week. Tomorrow is May 1st a public holiday here and I guess I’m looking forward to the day off. I want to Marie Kondo my home office. Let’s see how that goes. I’m looking forward to the space and not necessarily the part about things getting worse before they get better. I might also blog the whole day or read or watch Netflix or Brazilian telenovelas on Youtube. Anything goes. I took no photos this week, yet. I organised my make up yesterday and skin care items. I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos on makeup. I don’t wear it usually, because of time, or just because I like my skin. I focus on skincare so that I don’t need to cover up my face. When I do wear it it’s fun, but eye shadow I have never gotten the hang of. Anywhoo! It’s only Tuesday evening and it feels like a Friday. And judging by the long lines of cars at the drive-through restaurants so does everyone else. I don’t know where I’m going with this and it feels strange to be writing aimlessly but I need to get back out there. I haven’t blogged regularly since last year and there were times that I missed it. I want to strengthen my writing muscle again and this stream of consciousness is a start. I’ve posted pics – I love entering Cee’s photo challenges and I enjoy looking at other people’s photos. That’s why I prefer Instagram over Facebook, pictures paint a thousand words. My preferred medium. And I don’t like the adverts and manipulating of my feed. If anything makes it onto Facebook it’s because I have cross-posted it from Instagram. I hope Facebook leave Instagram alone. Six more words and I have 300. I made it!
Mine was relaxing. We had the requisite load shedding on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday there was none. I took my niece horse riding and it was lovely out in the open spaces amongst the plots, sleepy almost. The flies were abundant though and very persistent, buzzing and landing on my forearms like ten-ton trucks on wings. They felt heavy, it must all the horse manure that they feast on… :-0
My niece has lots of work on her plate, she’s doing the International Baccalaureate (IB) and from Grade 11 it’s like a prep for ‘varsity. I don’t remember my Grade 11 or 12 being so onerous. I helped her visualise her work on a Kanban system to help her better manage it – there ‘s a wonderful sense of satisfaction when one task is moved into the “Done” column. She’s experienced it already and its motivational characteristics.
We’ve been blessed to have wonderful moderate weather in the highveld. It’s autumn and it’s still short sleeve and swimming weather. The gardens are still lush due to all the recent rains.
Our international coach camp this year is in Marrakesh. Neither Che or me have been to Morocco! I confess that it wasn’t on my list of places to visit, but now that we’re going there we’re taking the opportunity to explore. I’ve just done the bookings, flights and Airbnbs for our holiday portion after the coach camp.
So we’ll explore Marrakesh, take the train to Casablanca and explore that city. Then we’ll fly to Lisbon where we’ll spend time with family exploring there too – there is no end to my exploration of Lisbon, I love it there. Then it’s off to Istanbul to spend 3 days there before flying back home to South Africa! Now I’m looking forward to it.
Che and will use our backpacks again. This time due to time pressure we’re not doing the G-Adventures thing but crafting our own adventures. We have some research to do. I’m already following a few Marrakech and Morocco accounts on Instagram, now to follow Casablanca accounts to get an idea of what to visit.
If you have any tips for touristing in Morocco please share.
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