A different garden


To you, it was just picking flowers. To them, it was a massacre.  by:  pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

If you didn’t see the boarded windows, the dirty floors, walls, and ceilings, it was just a camp house..just rows of camp houses.

If you only saw the beautiful trees and flowers and grass…. you could believe it was only someone’s garden.

If you didn’t see the barbed wire fences and the guard shacks and the destroyed crematoriums, you might be able to envision a time it could have been a lovely place to live.

If you didn’t have the memories or the knowledge of the left behind shoes, the combs, the luggage and the hair…the horror of the hair….

This is no garden …we should never forget…this is no garden.

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I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words.  by: pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

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I am woman.. hear me…


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You.Are.Amazing.

As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.

Be Strong. Be Confident. Be You. ~ Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011

I have been living and working in Lagos, Nigeria now for 18 months.  One of my favorite things about this country is how vibrant and strong the people are.  Specifically the women.  Talk about inspiring folks.  Every day there is a new surprise that faces me down.  In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, my friend and I visited the Nike Centre for Art and Culture.

Every time I visit this gallery I find about 200 pieces I would love to buy.  The work covers everything from photography, to bead work, statutes of wood and metal, oils, fabrics, and really just everything you can imagine.  Well, this installation was possibly my favorite as it covered all of the artistic genres mentioned with a focus on the strong women who create the work.

What I love even more is the owner of the gallery.  Nike Davies-Okundaye – Nike Davies-Okundaye a.k.a. “‘Nike Davies'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Twin Seven Seven'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Olaniyi'” a.k.a. “‘Mummy Nike'”  – Wikipedia

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Talk about a strong woman.  I. LOVE. HER.  She is Nigerian.  She is strong. She is intelligent. She is kind.  She is an art piece all by herself.  What an amazing person.  So generous with her time and her ability to explain every piece of art in her gallery.  If you make it to Lagos, Nigeria and do not stop in to her gallery, you are missing a treat!!

The art presented that was specifically on display for Women’s Day was spectacular.  Created by women about women.  I did not take enough photos to really give it due respect.

My favorite pieces were so amazing!! They were huge though.  If I only had a place big enough to house them.

All of the other work was equally impressive and to be fair, there were many more “favorites”.  Even the work not specifically on display for Women’s Day, had a flair that I could not stop going back to.

For more Nigerian artwork that focuses on the Nigerian woman’s perspective, this book would be an excellent choice to get started.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Travel theme: Woman

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Animal Eyes


Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. Paramahansa Yogananda

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We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru

More eyes –

Where’s my backpack – The eyes have it……with sunglasses! | Third Time Lucky! – Eyes Eyes – JenStewie – Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery – A Day In The Life – Übersetzen und Literatur, doch nicht nur – Ladyleemanila

The Dark side of Egypt – Gobble..gobble


What to do for Thanksgiving?  Hmm… Family is far away, no one is visiting me, feeling a little sorry for myself and BOOOOOM.. a very good friend of my and a great travel companion tells me she is going to Egypt to visit some friends for Thanksgiving.  I do a little groveling, sobbing, and not so subtle hinting that I have NOTHING TO DO FOR THANKSGIVING!!!  Lo and behold.. she takes the hint and I’m packing for Egypt.  Yahoo..

It was an amazing 7 day trip, packed full of trips and tours, amazing people and amazing food.   I would so encourage people to attempt this journey at some point in their life.  We used a company called Memphis Tours but there were so many to choose from and all the people on all of the tours seemed to be having a good time.  Right now is the time to go as well.  The travel warning has been lifted, the people are friendly and super easy to please and the sights are beyond amazing.

So for my first installment, I present to you, the dark side of egypt – –

Luxor Temple at night

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Luxor Temple was built around 1400 BC.  It is an ancient temple complex that is on the east  bank of the Nile River.  This temple was beautiful and super inspiring.  It was where one of the most important religious festivals in Egypt where (statues or Gods..still a little confused on this point) traveled from Karnak to Luxor.  There was a lot more info about cults, shrines, royal Ka’s, symbolism and Kings that I sort of missed.. but you can google that if you are interested.

Then there was the Nile cruise on the Minerva (boat) from Aswan to Luxor and stops along the way.  The cabin crew were phenomenal.  Every single time we came back to our room, there was a new animal either hanging from the ceiling or resting on our bed.  It is true that we did not have a single towel in our bathroom the entire cruise.. but they were easily accessible in their natural habitat on our beds.  Amazing service and such a fun time.  Not to mention the beautiful scenery along the way.  Think of it as a bus tour by boat.  Even had massages available on the top deck.  I would highly encourage people to book their trips now!!!

 

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Having a nice cabin with beautiful views from hot spot to hot spot was so much nicer than busing it.

A night market – horse cart through a market only wide enough to walk through.  Also a few dark pyramids that we got to crawl through.

A hot air balloon ride that started in the dark and flew over Valley of the Kings..

and … and… finally… Gobble Gobble doesn’t always mean turkey around a candle lit table.. though sometimes it does.

Last but not least, and possibly my favorite photo.

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It was 445 in the morning, this is a picture of a wonderful Egyptian man who was tasked with driving me from the hotel to the airport on my last day in Egypt.  As we were driving to the airport, his phone rang.  He answered it and then started wiping his eyes.  He looked at me through the rear view mirror and with tears streaming down his face said, “My wife just had a baby boy.  We have been waiting for many years and God has finally been willing.”  I asked him why he was driving me to the airport when his wife was having a baby and he simply said, “We have to work.”

As he dropped me off, he asked if he could take his photo with me because i was the first person who received this news… well of course.  It was super touching.  Great way to end this trip.  Happy Thanksgiving all.

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AF Style


One thing I love about being here is our Friday traditional dress day!  The details that these tailors put into their clothes are amazing.  The buttons are covered with fabric, they stitch every single bead into an outfit, and add cute little doodads to every part they can.  It has been great fun to just give someone some material and say.. make what you will.  It’s quite the adventure.

So colorful, so bright, so fun.  The clothes match the personality of the folks here.  You gotta love it.  I have almost two more years of Fridays.  Looking forward to each one!

It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to.  –  Pink

 

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