Category Archives: Travel

Weekend Coffee Share: The Seaside Edition

Hi everyone, it’s a late coffee today because Che and I went to the seaside and arrived this afternoon. Our flight was delayed by 1 hour – it’s becoming the norm with the particular airline I fly with and I’m becoming rather annoyed. I can count on the fingers of 1 hand the number of times I had an on-time domestic flight this year. So we arrived 1 hour later than I expected to.

I realised that this is my first and will be my only post this week. The last one was last week’s coffee share, so I have a lot to share. I will keep it short though, tweet-length with photos.

Summing up my week though, it was client, client, airplane trip, conference in Durban, conference in Durban, beach, airplane trip.

Let’s scroll through the photos I took this week…

…starting with the client, client part – working in the Joburg CBD is interesting because there are sometimes protest marches. It begins with voices raised in song, in the distance, and an inquiry “Is that a march?”; as the voices come closer, the initial inquiry is confirmed and the next question is, “Where is it?” as we look down at the roads and intersections from on high. And then we see the group of marchers. This one was a small one by comparison. It was also peaceful.

Now for the rest. Che and I attended the annual Regional Scrum Gathering in Durban. Because it was in Durban we decided to stay for the weekend and relax a bit.

Before showing you the rest, don’t you think our amaryllis are flowering so beautifully…?

@2018 Regina Martins

We were welcomed back with a personal note and wine, by our Airbnb host Ruth. If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to stay in Umdloti Beach, just look for Beach Melody or Beach Music on Airbnb.

@2018 Regina Martins

We didn’t make it to the beach until Friday afternoon after the conference ended. Feeling the sand give way under my feet, supporting my steps was amazing. Can you see how happy and relaxed we look?

Saturday morning walk to see the conditions of the beach, and a coffee, we came across a wedding on the beach. It was so windy that the wedding was windswept (don’t you love the alliteration?).

And now a quick flip through the rest.

That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week!

Weekend coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Ali.

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CFFC: Places People Live

Today, Cee is inviting us to post pics of places people live.

De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren is gorgeous. It’s a castle in the Belgian countryside in the small municipality of Geetsbets. The family who owns it still live in a section of the castle, the rest is a hotel and conference centre. I spent a week there in July on a course – there was no better place for that.

The back view of De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren by one of the imposing entrance gates
©2018 Regina Martins
De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren’s lake and rowboat. It would have sunk had anyone taken it out into the lake, as the wood at the bottom was rotting
©2018 Regina Martins
De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren abounded with sunflowers
©2018 Regina Martins
I didn’t have a wide enough lens to capture the whole facade of De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren – here is a part
©2018 Regina Martins

 

Which Way Challenge: October 25, 2018

This challenge is about “capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on” and it’s hosted by sonofabeach96. So here is my offering of which ways for this week.

Which way do I go? So many ways…tropical pathway leading to lush gardens, the pool, and eventually the beach
©2018 Regina Martins
Bangkok alleyway on a rainy day lends mood to this busy street
©2018 Regina Martins
Bare feet on the warm marble walkways, part of the Wait Traimit temple in Bangkok
©2018 Regina Martins
The day was hot when we ventured on the Bridge over the River Kwai, this stretch of railway, quiet of trains in the middle of Kanchanaburi
©2018 Regina Martins

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tongues and Tails

This week it’s about tongues and tails. Well, my offering this week doesn’t include cute cats or dogs. It’s a statue of Buddha in meditation pose sitting on a serpent. When Buddha began meditating, the wise serpent Mucalinda came out of the forest to protect Buddha from the elements after he attained enlightenment – the Buddhist Naga has the form of a great cobra and is depicted sometimes with many heads and other times with one head, commonly found in Burma, Laos, and Thailand.

Can you see the serpent’s tail curling around its body on which Buddha is sitting?
©2018 Regina Martins
This is the front past of the Buddhist Naga statue
©2018 Regina Martins

Cee Black and White Photo Challenge.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive…

…or ride or captain. In Thailand we experienced all sorts of things which we used to get from place to place. These are but a few.

It all started with a long flight to Singapore…

It all started with a long flight to Singapore and then a shorter one to Bangkok
©2018 Regina Martins

Touring by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River and through the smaller klongs (canals)…

A narrow canal boat doesn’t provide much protection to splashing water. I don’t think we’re meant to keep dry. The only thing is that the Bangkok canals are not very clean and the water suspect…
©2018 Regina Martins

A homestay experience aboard a floating rafthouse. This is us getting towed out to the other side of the lake…

Spending time on the floating rafthouse was interesting, and not very comfortable. This is the towboat, pulling us out to the other side of the lake nestled in the middle of Thai mountains, that was so beautiful and peaceful
©2018 Regina Martins

Riding past casava fields and over precarious bridges over the River Kwai on clacky rickety swinging train…

The train on the Death Railway was fascinating and I loved the ride in the clacky rickety swinging train
©2018 Regina Martins

Tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk…

Tuk-tuk’ing in Chiang Mai…
©2018 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s CFFC this week.