It’s Friday, I’m in love

Eastern Cape of South Africa.  Nkosi sikelel' Nelson Mandela and South Africa.

Nkosi sikelel’ Nelson Mandela and South Africa.

Nelson Mandela’s passing yesterday has been on my mind.  A few years ago, I spent several months interning at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, which was Mandela’s alma mater and the oldest historically black university in southern Africa.  It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life, and the news coverage has drudged up a lot of memories.

So in addition to a few photos from the week, here’s my favorite photo from the Eastern Cape and another of some comic books I picked up while I was there.  These were distributed for free to young children all over South Africa to teach them about Nelson Mandela’s legacy since, in their short lives, apartheid was a thing of the past.  I think I’ll spend a little time this weekend rereading them.

Madiba Legacy Series.  Free comic books given out to teach South African children about Nelson Mandela's life.

Madiba Legacy Series. Free comic books given out to teach South African children about Nelson Mandela’s life.

West Village scene from our table at Cafe Cluny last weekend

West Village scene from our table at Cafe Cluny last weekend

Trivia night.  We came in third place!

Trivia night. We came in third place!

Racing inner tubes down a hill at the Zoo

Racing inner tubes down a hill at the Zoo

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Wanderings: A romantic day in New York City

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This past Friday, the Mister and I decided to spend a lazy day together in New York City.  Typically when we visit, we race around Manhattan and Brooklyn, trying to catch up with friends and maybe visit an art exhibit or two.  This time, apart from a cocktail party later in the evening, we had no real plans and decided to wander around the city and just do whatever we felt like doing in the moment.

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During the day, we wandered around midtown, did a little shopping, and bought fried pickles and steamed buns at Bryant Park.  We watched ice skaters, admired art deco tree guards, and ducked into a little cafe to share coffee and a bagel when we needed to warm up a bit.  As the sun went down, we popped into a whiskey bar across from Central Park and flirted with each other until it was time to catch a train down to the West Village, where we had made last minute dinner reservations.

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After dinner, we decided to walk to the party in the East Village, and it was lovely to wander among the little neighborhoods, pop into tiny wine stores, and just enjoy the city and each other on a quiet day.

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