Summertime… and the living is easy

So were off to the southern hemisphere, don’t hate me because I get to have 2 summers this year… And this means that there’s going to be a little bit less blogging action going on for the next month. I have lined up a few more travel posts and will try to put up a few pictures during the holiday but its all going to be a bit random around here for a while. But random is good, and there will be more South Africa on this blog than any of you can handle when I’m back in freezing Europe!…

Zé Pequeno

Introducing the second most important person in my life right now. (because dogs are people too…) And really, Zé Pequeno is about as human as they get. He loves the sofa, he enjoys the National Geographic channel, (especially when they have bunnies) his favourite meal is roast chicken and his preferred leisure activities are long walks on the beach at sunset, or scenic drives with the windows open. I mean really, it sounds like an advert on a dating service!

One Year Here

So. I’ve been in Portugal for a year now. So far, so good. I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been all daisies and ice-cream but the good things have by far outweighed the bad. Have (sortof) learnt to speak Portuguese. The basics, you know: “Do you have fresh ginger/peanut butter?” in the supermarket. (the answer is usually no… but thats another story)  Am not yet able to have a fight with someone in Portuguese, but not for lack of trying (A man accused my dog of pooping on his from yard, total lie! but I had to yell at…

In the very beginning…

Taking photos has been something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember, but it didn’t become a driving force in my life until half way through high school, when I chose photography as my art-class subject. Our small group of pimply and angst ridden sixteen year olds was introduced to black and white film and hand processing/printing. Wow. Talk about “defining life moments”… I remember that darkroom as if it were yesterday: the dim red light, the smell of fixer on your fingers, Morcheeba on the stereo, and that sublimely spectacular moment when you put a piece…