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Theses are my thoughts and ramblings as I forge my way through this thing they call life.
These are my thoughts and ramblings as I forge my way through this thing they call Life.

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September 12, 2020 at 6:13pm
September 12, 2020 at 6:13pm
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Thursday night I logged on after my first day of teaching. I was exhausted, but in a good, rewarding way... and then I noticed my name coming up and congratulations being given and I thought WT.... My sleepiness evaporated and I was smiling from ear to ear! I had been promoted to a BLUE case and given MODERATOR status. I am still not sure what this all entails, but I am honoured to accept my newfound status.

Emily mentioned feeling like a newbie again and I have to agree. I am still feeling a sense of shock and bewilderment. I have to thank The StoryMaster and The StoryMistress for all their hard work and attention to this wonderful website. It truly is my online home. It is my soft place to land and it inspires me and lifts me up, as well as challenges me to stretch beyond myself and my limiting beliefs. I have met many wonderful people here and made some great friendships. I have grown so much since I started here in March of 2013. My gratitude is vast. Thank you, thank you, thank you. So much has happened in the last 7 years and I look forward to many more.

I share this honour with eight other wonderful, deserving ladies - all of whom I have seen around this amazing website on a regular basis... there are 5 of us doing the I Write in 2020 Challenge. Here is the list of uniquely wonderful individuals:


I also want to thank everyone for all the wonderful cNotes and messages. It has been lovely to be acknowledged in such a great way. I look forward to doing my part and making WDC a rockin' good place to be.

Cheers! Thanks!

August 31, 2020 at 8:41am
August 31, 2020 at 8:41am
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Montreal, Canada
Well, we're ending our month long adventure in Montreal. Another early morning just over 2 hour flight to Montreal. I got everyone a room at the Four Seasons. Today is our last day of continent hopping. So let's go out in style.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g155032-d16722291-Reviews-Four_Seasons_...
I've offered 3 museum choices, feel free to pick whatever interests you.
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We're meeting up after lunch at 2:00 pm to do a private walking tour.
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Dinner is at the Famous Tandem.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g155032-d2709343-Reviews-Restauran...


Perfect day to be in Montreal! I can join up with my friends for the Tais Toi et Ecris (Shut Up and Write!) group in person instead of Zooming! They meet at 12:30 pm until 3 pm. So cool! This means I miss the private walking tour at 2 pm, but I am okay with that.

Everyone was all abuzz about their Charlotte, North Carolina adventures. It was great to catch up and see everyone again... even if it is our last day. It was so cool to here about the ghost pub crawl that some of you were adventurous enough to take!

Since none of the museums really interest me, I opt to do the walking tour in the morning. Yes, I am a rebel again, but Barbie or insects aren't my thing and I would love to see the city. I have never been to Montreal. I have driven through it, and that was an experience and a half!

Quebec itself feels like a different country, even when crossing from Ontario into Quebec. Getting into the heart of Montreal will be a treat. The city has a great feel.

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Gotta get me some poutine and I hear the craft beer scene is really good.

August 29, 2020 at 8:55pm
August 29, 2020 at 8:55pm
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Charlotte, NC.
Oops, guess I should have told you before we went to the beach crawl our flight was at 7:00, and we need to be at the airport at 5am.
Don't forget to talk about your day, the things you saw and who surprised you.


Well I missed the flight. Not too worried though, I'm kind-of on a 'no USA thing' until Trump is gone.... and I am sticking to it... even in a virtual sense. Besides sleeping in, was a welcome thing, especially after the wonderful time I had yesterday.

So I take another day in Belize. I have thoughts of dipping over into Guatemala just to see where my cousins are from - I have two cousins who are adopted. Both are from Guatemala, both they are from two different indigenous groups, but instead I explore on my own and spend my day relaxing and soaking up more sun.


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Charlotte, NC
Prompt: Which one of these 15 Things to do in Charlotta https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g49022-Activities-Charlotte_North_Caroli... is the most fun?

If I did venture here, I would be inclined to check out the Haunted Charlotte Ghost and walking Pub Crawl. It combines the mystery of a haunted tour with fun of a pub crawl for a great night out. A guide leads the group on a 2.5-hour walking tour through historic Charlotte. Stopping at several bars along the way, each housed in historic buildings with their own unique ghosts and stories. Guests will have time to enjoy a delicious libation as the guide tells them all about the fascinating history of Charlotte and some of its most famous and creepy haunted stories!




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August 29, 2020 at 8:48pm
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Belize
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g291963-d1687387-Reviews-Island_Magic_B...
We're going to end our trip with some interesting experiences, hope you're ready. We've combined some of Belize's most adventurous activities in one tour. See the rain forest from several different perspectives. Go underground during cave tubing and above the trees during ziplining. Stress-free hotel pickup and drop-off and a Belizean BBQ lunch included
https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g291968-d14121238-Cave_Tubin...
In the afternoon, we're going to the most famous dive sight in Belize, it was discovered by Jacques Cousteau.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g14035153-d296241-Reviews-Great_Bl...
Don't think about napping yet. Cos we're doing a beach crawl.
Ahoy! Me hearties, we be the #SanPedroBelize drinking session that moves from one licensed grog slinging premises to the next & so on.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g291962-d19932877-Reviews-BlackSai...
Talk up the things that you enjoyed on today's excursions.


Our hotel is lush and wonderful. So tranquil and relaxing - an oceanfront beach paradise. The resort offers experiences worth bragging about! Like swimming with sharks and snorkeling the world's second largest Barrier Reef. Enjoy a sunset Caribbean Cruise. Take a day trip to visit mainland Belize and climb a top ancient Maya Ruins or discover the secrets of Maya Underworlds. Or, simply lounge by the pool. Have a cold beer with a local. Taste the island cuisine. Jump off our pier into the aqua hues of the Caribbean Sea and be free! Our go-slow little island offers every opportunity to escape the hassle of every day life. Evn take a puddle jumper or boat to Caye Caulker and have us curate a magical experience for you.
Having really been to the Quintana Roo part of Mexico, I am happy to explore this area from Belize. The beach is exquisite and the water is glorious.

The zip line and tubing adventure was a blast. I love the caves! The zipline was a bit over the top for me, but I did it!

We went to the Nohoch Chen Archaeological Park for the ziplining and tubing. Our first activity was the ZipRider, a zip-line tour through the rainforest. It featured an intricate harness system of pulleys on horizontal traverse cables which lets you glide 100 – 750 feet between platforms up to 120 feet high in the trees at canopy level. YIKES!!! After being fitted into the safety harness, the next 30 – 40 minutes are spent zipping through a series of 7 zip-line runs from 10 jungle platforms – a truly unforgettable experience!

Following lunch, our next adventure was cave tubing. We got our tubes, headlights and safety gear before hiking through the rainforest to the entrance of the cave system. After a safety chat we got to tube! We tubed through the ancient Maya underworld – Xibalba. Intricate crystalline formations line the cave and stalagmites and stalactites magically appear out of the darkness. On several occasions, we emerged into the sunlight only to enter into another cave system. So cool! I could have stayed so much longer, but we needed to head off to see the Great Blue Hole and do more snorkeling. Some of us were able to dive.

Our day finished with the BlackSails Beach-Crawl Belize. We moved from one 'grog slinging' place to another. There was also swimming and volleyball as well as Kayak races and live entertainment.

By the time we all crawled into bed it was late.... or very early in the morning.
August 27, 2020 at 8:58pm
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Brasilla, Brazil
Today's adventure is all about unusual architecture
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Amazing designs, don't you agree? Which one appealed to you most, why? What's your favorite architecture near where you live?


I found myself wanting to explore the more natural architecture of the area. Witchy woman prays 4 Ukraine is telling us we will be off to Belize tomorrow and I did not want to miss the many waterfalls in the area. To be able to swim in the clear water and see the natural wonders of the place just felt right. I breakfasted with my fellow travelers, then as they went off to trek the streets of Brasilla in search of cathedrals and other interesting architectural designs, I headed for the car that would take me to my destination and my own adventure. I knew I would see the pictures of the places they visited later at dinner, but I wanted to bring my own photographic memories to that dinner.

I am still remembering the Moroccan designs. Those were beautiful.

Many of these tours of the waterfalls are several days, but I opted for one sweet day.

Couros falls is one of the most incredible walks of the Chapada dos Veadeiros. It’s about 15 km of asphalt road and 35 km of dirt road, but all of it is compensated at the first stop where I could not only see an incredible fall, but also bathe in its refreshing and strong waters. It was heaven!!! The trail allowed us to see 3 more falls of great volume and indescribable beauty. It’s definitely one of those places where no image can represent the magic of seeing and feeling those waters in real colours. Still I took photographs to remind me of my experience. It was hard to leave and head back to the bustle of the city, but I was eager to see my friends and get a great meal.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/AttractionProductReview-g2159104-d19349474-CAR_GUIDE_...


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I've made arrangements for you to take all those Brazillian food choices to the next level. You're putting a menu together to help this restaurant get better ratings.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g303322-d4102590-Reviews-Primeiro-...
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-foods-try-brazil
https://www.oliviascuisine.com/authentic-brazilian-recipes/
Our group is going to enjoy your recommendations this evening. Don't be out to late we're off to Belize next. Perfect timing Hurricane Laura has already gone past our location


I saw some of the reviews and this restaurant misses the mark where the food is concerned. The atmosphere and everything else seems above board... so a little help, even if it is from some Yahoos from elsewhere.... it couldn't hurt.

I suggest the cheese bread and the fish stew! Looking over the menu of 30 The chicken wings and fried pastries look delectable as well... and don't forget the Brazilian lemonade. And of course the chocolate fudge balls. Of course the Brazilian names are far more authentic sounding... but it all looks and tastes divine!

We ate and drank some wonderful, tasty dishes and drinks. We shared out adventures and our photos and we talked and laughed. Witchy woman prays 4 Ukraine reminded us of our early departure for tomorrow to Belize so we headed back to our hotel to settle in... but not before another swim to cool me off before sleep.


August 26, 2020 at 10:41am
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Brasilla, Brazil
Phew, that flight was long. 20 hours on a plane. What a way to celebrate my 64th birthday.
We're going directly to our hotel and catching some much needed rest before we go out for dinner.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303322-d1507171-Reviews-Hotel_Royal_Tu...
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g303322-d2348030-Reviews-Taypa_Sab...


Happy Birthday Witchy woman prays 4 Ukraine !!! Thank goodness we are flying in the direction we are going or you may have missed your birthday completely!
Brazil! WooHoo! We are in the capital of Brazil.

I think I am going to enjoy the sun and the pool while I rest. Maybe even walk along the lake. After the sensory experiences in Morocco, I think my body needs a break to just close my eyes and enjoy the warmth that is a serious beachy resort. The lines of this hotel are a curving delight. Calming in a way, after the boldness of Morocco.

We all join in to celebrate Lyn's birthday - a great excuse to party. Taypa Sabores Del Peru does not disappoint, but the portions are tiny, scrumptious, but tiny.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Carcassonne Pub to play some board games and enjoy some local white beer and some snacks The staff were lovely and very helpful in explaining the rules of the games. We had a roaring good time.

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Discuss some famous people from Brazil - https://www.gapyear.com/brazil/famous-people-from-brazil
or discuss favorite Brazilian food - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-foods-try-brazil
or write a recap of our trip thus far.


This is the only person I recognize... Carmen Miranda (1909 – 1955)
Carmen Miranda was as famous in the 40s and 50s as Angelina Jolie is today. She achieved worldwide stardom through her performances in both film and theatre, perhaps gaining most fame from her leading part in The Gang’s All Here, in which she wore a fruit hat. As you do. Her last performance was on the Jimmy Durante Show, during which she suffered a mild heart attack. She didn’t even realise, finished the show, then departed this world the following morning in the wake of a second, decidedly more severe heart attack.
This video shows her in The Gang’s All Here wearing that legendary hat.


As for the food... barbecue sounds fabulous to me. They even have a fried cheese recipe!
This also looks yummy: moqueca... a fish stew that is more than a mere fish stew. It is served with theatrical flourish as the piping hot clay pot is uncovered at the table amid clouds of fragrant steam. Baianos (residents of Bahia, in the north-east of the country) and Capixabas (from the neighbouring state of Espírito Santo) both lay claim to the origins of the dish, and both serve up equally tasty variations. At its simplest, fish and/or other seafood are stewed in diced tomatoes, onions and coriander. The Capixabas add annatto seeds for a natural red food colouring, while the Baianos serve a heavier version, made with palm oil, peppers and coconut milk. It’s teamed with rice, farofa (toasted manioc flour – ideal for mopping up juices) and pirão (a spicy fish porridge made with manioc flour – far tastier than it sounds).

I think I would be willing to try both versions of the stew, as long as they threw in some pao de de quelijo. This is cheese and bread brought together in glorious union. It is said to be a snack enjoyed at any time of day. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, the gluten-free bread rolls are made with tapioca flour, eggs and grated curado minas cheese (a cow’s milk cheese from the state of Minas Gerais), rolled into small balls. For a naughty twist, keep an eye out for pão de queijo served in fist-sized rolls (or even a cake-sized bake), stuffed with cream cheese or various meaty fillings.

And dessert. One must not forget dessert. Brazil’s answer to the chocolate truffle, brigadeiros. The sweet balls are made by simmering condensed milk with cocoa powder, then whisking in butter and shaping the mix into balls before rolling in chocolate sprinkles. Guaranteed to give an instant sugar high, they’re cloyingly sweet for some palates. Brazilians won’t hear a word against them, though.

This might help to balance it out though - quindim is a glossy yellow sweet treat made with nothing more than eggs, sugar and coconut (with butter a common addition). Baked in cupcake-sized moulds, the bottom is toasted and golden, dense with grated coconut, while the top is a smooth, firm custard that sticks pleasingly to the roof of the mouth. The name is said to derive from the word ‘kintiti’ (meaning ‘delicacy’ in Kikongo, a language spoken in Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola), while the recipe itself was inspired by the Portuguese love affair with egg yolks in sweets and pastries.

Something tells me I am in food heaven. Good thing these are all calorie free... but lots of swimming in the pool will go along way to burn off the calories.

August 25, 2020 at 12:54pm
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Marrakech, Morocco
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293734-d1676197-Reviews-Royal_Mansour_...
All I can say, is we've been very lucky when it comes to hotels thus far but no sleeping in for us because we have a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. We have an extended check out so we'll be hanging here until our flight.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293734-d15305958-Hot_Air_Ba...
After our hot air balloon we're going shopping.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293734-d15000784-Marrakech_...
30DBC - write a poem or write a story about your adventures in Marrakech.


I emerge from my private residence, a traditional Moroccan Riad, into the darkness of Marrakech. We are bustled off to the sight where our hot air balloon awaits. From what I am seeing so far, I am beginning to miss the trees. The lushness of shade is just not here.

I can't say the experience is as breathtaking as in Tanzania, but it is lovely to see the views and watch the sun rise up over the horizon. The breakfast was quite good... a new taste experience for me. I am not the spiciest of people, but some of these spices are very good. I make sure to source them out when we ventured into the market later.

I do like the architecture of the place. Moroccan. Our hotel is full of the intricate details and designs. The market was a feast for the eyes - colours, so vibrant I had to pick out at least one blanket - which I may have to hang as a tapestry of memory.

I made sure to purchase some of the spices. I just hope I can smuggle them back home. I pick up a woven basket bag for my mother. I also find us each a pair of slippers. I even find a beautifully designed tagine pot which I could not pass up. I even found a leather briefcase that would be great... not that I need it, but the price was right and it looks fabulous. I will surely have to send this stuff home packaged up really well.

Visiting Marrakech’s warren of souks was quite an experience. I could imagine that it’s easy to get lost in these colorful outdoor markets. Our local guide kept us all on track, steered us to the best artisans and shopkeepers, and shooed away the touts who tried to spoil our visit.





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Day 2839: August 25 Marrakech,Morocco
Prompt: Marrakech is a beautiful place. Look at Things to do in Marrakech https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293734-Activities-Marrakech_Marrakech_T... and find something you think is beautiful. Why do you think it is beautiful?


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The idea of seeing snow on mountains when riding on camels was surreal. This is not what I think of when I think Morocco.

Exploring Morocco’s Atlas Mountains with a local guide enabled me and my party to interaction with Berber villagers. Enjoying a local lunch and tea ceremony in a Berber home.

On this day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains and Valleys, Berber Villages, Camel ride & Waterfalls you will see the most amazing and beautiful places: Atlas Mountains, Imlil Valley, Asni Valley, Amizmiz Valley, walk and visit around 9 Berber Villages, have tea with a Berber family and learn about their life, walk up to the waterfalls and see a wonderful views. visit to Argan women's cooperative. The tour started at 9:00 AM, from our hotel and ended back in Marrakech around 3 pm.
August 24, 2020 at 10:53pm
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Nouakchott, Mauritania.
A bit of interesting history - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouakchott
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293815-d10339182-Reviews-Nouakchott_Ho...
We're doing a private tour today, looks like an interesting variety.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293815-d14779091-Nouakchot_...
We're writers and here's a golden opportunity to see a famous library and a shipyard graveyard. Our muse should be inspired by one them to discuss. Maybe even both.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-libraries-of-chinguetti-chinguetti-mauri...
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bay-of-nouadhibou-ship-graveyard
and our interesting dining choice.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293815-d4022339-Reviews-Restauran...
Discuss what you enjoyed on the tour or the library, or the shipyard graveyard or even the restaurant. Maybe all of them. Have fun!
Wow, only 6 days left of our journey.


Okay, my ignorance is showing. The first thing I have to do is check a map.
Thank goodness our first tour was the perfect introduction to Mauritanian customs and culture. It was a private guided door-to-door tour of the nation’s capital, Nouakchott. We visited markets, mosques, the port, the beach, and the National Museum of Mauritania. We sipped Mauritanian mint tea, and learned about the history of the region. Just what I needed.

Later I was able to check out the libraries in the city of Chinguetti. It contains some of the world’s most important Quranic texts amid its simple earthen libraries.

Established around 777 CE, Chinguetti became an important trading outpost on the Timbuktu caravan route to the Mediterranean. At the same time it became a gathering place for Islamic pilgrims on their way to Mecca. With the steady traffic of holy people through the city, a large, stone mosque was built and small libraries were founded to contain the growing number of religious texts left behind. Preserving the tradition of trading and passing down such holy writings, most of the original Chinguetti libraries exist in largely the same state as when they were deposited.

Today there are five such libraries left in Chinguetti containing some 1,300 Quranic manuscripts, as well as civil records including contracts, bills of sale, and legal judgments. The dry desert air and dedication of generations of custodians have helped preserve the fragile parchments, often rolled inside bamboo tubes.
From Atlas Obscura.


August 23, 2020 at 8:03am
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg is the place to go to mix big-city culture, shopping, dining and nightlife with outdoor adventures, up-close wildlife encounters and visits to historical sites. Explore caves and nature reserves, or visit a traditional village by day, then enjoy dinner at a hip cafe or five-star restaurant. And if you're a shopper, bring an extra, empty suitcase. With malls, open-air markets and places that blend the two, you'll find plenty of unique souvenirs.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g312578-d2322502-Reviews-The_Residence_...
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g312578-d313843-Reviews-Apartheid_...
This museum is not something anyone should hurry through. Enjoy the (2000+) photos, discuss some of the ones that appeal to you. Did you discover the other name for Johannesburg and what is it?


Jo'Burg
Johannesburg, Jo'Burg, Jozi, Egoli – The many names of the City of Gold. Johannesburg, commonly known as Jo'Burg or Jozi, is South Africa's second largest city with a population of over than 3 million.

I am not a fan of staying in South Africa, but at least I can take my time wandering the Apartheid Museum. The signage disturbs me - Blanks and Non-Blanks. Even as a child of 5 I had an issue with discrimination of any kind. My northern Ontario school had a separate door and seating areas for Boys and Girls. I remember thinking 'why was that necessary?' Why should it matter? I followed the rules... but I remember going into the school one evening to get my shoes I'd forgotten and running into the boys section to touch the windows just to show some defiance... I was only 7. It was very liberating, even if my mother was the only one to see me do it.

The fact that this kind of signage existed bothers me to the core, making my time in South Africa (virtual or not) uncomfortable. There is beauty here - in its natural form, but there is an ugliness as well. A kind of unclean that inequality leaves, like a film... one that I fear will take a long, long time to get rid of... if it even happens.

I find it interesting that the tickets designate you are white or non-white on an arbitrary basis - giving you a taste of what it may have been like.

Going to Mandela House is another place I would like to venture to just to get an essence of the man who was willing to go to jail to speak out against the injustice of the system.

Our hotel is much more quaint here. Cape Town was over the top, Johannesburg seems more down to earth... even if it is a far bigger city. The pool was shaded with lovely trees and I felt it easier to breath here. Not so opulent.

I had no interest in shopping and decided to stay in and write for the evening once I had enjoyed a lovely dinner. It just felt like a more reflective thing to do.

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Nelson Mandela, was a complex man. Discuss what you learn with one of the links.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g312587-d2436621-Reviews-Mandela_H...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela#:~:text=Widely%20regarded%20as%20an...
Being able to be in the place where Mandela's family spent their lives was good. A quiet neighbourhood. A house full of memorabilia that spoke of the man and his family. The enlarged photo of his wife, Winnie, made me smile. Now there was a strong black woman raising her daughters and fighting the fight while Mandela spent his 27 years in jail. What a life that must have been.


https://europeansting.com/2019/07/19/here-are-10-of-nelson-mandelas-most-inspira...
There are 10, but I have included 6 of my favourites here:
1. Be passionate

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

2. Nothing’s impossible

“It always seems impossible, until it is done.”

3. Make a difference

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

4. Be optimistic

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

5. Learn and teach

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

6. Make mistakes

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”


One must not forget Desmond Tutu as well. Here are some wonderful quotes:
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Without forgiveness, there's no future.


August 22, 2020 at 6:40am
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Day 2836
Prompt: Pick out one of these things to do in Cape Town https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g312659-Activities-Cape_Town_Central_Wes... and write a story, article, or poem about it.


The natural world calls to me
And I find myself walking the rugged shore line
And scampering over craggy rocks
To find myself on fine sand
Shared with tuxedo-ed birds
Who languish in the winter sun.
So different from their southern neighbours
Who huddled in the snow and ice
These penguins dip and glide in the surf
Like they are on some foreign vacation
Like me, they avoid the touristy traps
And save their money
For more authentic ventures.

When I do head back into town
I venture to the market's of Hout's Bay
And wander the stalls
Filled with arts and crafts
Made by local artists and artisans
I am drawn to the colourful
Vividness and diversity of the place
As night draws us in
Music fills the air
Lulling me into a place
Where I feel at peace
And one with my my heart
In this place
Still cut by its past.


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