• Featured,  Photography,  Proudly South African

    Snaps: Springboks Trophy Tour

    It’s been a heady few weeks for us South Africans since the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup at the end of October. The team returned home last week and received a well-deserved heroes’ welcome at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, followed by more of the same in the various cities they’ve visited as part of their Trophy Tour. Today was Cape Town’s turn and, of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. After an early wake-up to get some work done, I grabbed my camera, got on the MyCiti bus and headed into the streets just before 11am. I wended my way from Strand, through St.…

  • Featured,  Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: Super Grainy 35mm Point and Shoot

    Last year, I discovered my old point and shoot film camera in a drawer. Believe it or not, I actually still used it to capture my first few months at university back in 2004! Anyway, since I had started dabbling in film photography, I decided to pop one of the expired Kodak Gold films I had recently acquired into the sturdy little body and decided to keep it in my handbag for spontaneous shots. Well, over the next few months, it became my constant companion and ended up accompanying me on work trips to Maputo and Mpumalanga, as well as random adventures all around Cape Town. Sadly, one fateful day,…

  • Featured,  Photography

    Snaps: Global Climate Strike – Cape Town

    For the past few days, my creativity has been at a bit of a low ebb. Since I’m quite comfortable with the idea that things move in cycles and we can’t always be at peak performance, it doesn’t alarm me too much. However, I don’t like wallowing in this state for too long. Something I enjoy doing to help myself snap out of it is leaving the confines of my flat and heading out into the city for a walkabout. Cape Town’s streets always have something interesting, thought-provoking, humorous and beautiful on offer to get those creative juices flowing again. Today, was an especially good day to seek out the…

  • Featured,  Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: #AccidentallyWesAnderson in Springbok

    A couple of months ago, a friend shared a post on their Instagram stories with the hashtag #AccidentallyWesAnderson and, immediately, I was intrigued. Clicking on it, I found myself scrolling through a host of whimsical images from all corners of the globe that, indeed, seemed to have been snapped on one of Wes Anderson’s gently magical movie sets. What made all of them so arresting, however, was the fact that they depicted real-life places that weren’t even *trying* to be anything but themselves.

  • Featured,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Take me back: Porto

    When it comes to dreams of travel, there’s an outright war being waged within my soul. While one side yearns to explore places unknown – inhale their strange air, indulge in their exotic cuisine, listen to the unfamiliar song of the languages the locals speak – the other side desperately longs for a grand return to so many I’ve been before. To retrace the footsteps of the woman I was back then, to see what she saw and maybe even point out a few of the things she missed; to sink my teeth into the delicacies I’ve never been able to find back home; to stake my claim for some…

  • Featured,  Hiking & outdoors,  Photography

    Snaps: Walking in Wilderness

    About a month ago, we headed to Wilderness for Andre and Danielle’s wedding – a wild and wonderful beach-meets-forest affair. Despite a storm breaking out in full force on the afternoon of the nuptials, it was a truly beautiful and joyous occasion. Apart from celebrating their promises of forever to each other, we also got a chance to rediscover a few of the trails in this lush section of the Garden Route National Park.

  • Featured,  Personal,  Photography

    Snaps: The Camino Portugues on 35mm film (and a few thoughts on walking 240km with my mom)

    I realised with a great shock the other day that I’ve never posted anything about my Camino experience here on Peregrina. Soon after returning, I wrote a piece for Slow Drive; then, about a year later, shared a few thoughts about it in Juice (Mango’s in-flight magazine); and finally put together a comprehensive guide for Traveller24. But I never brought it back home to where it truly belongs – on Peregrina! Which makes me a little sad, really, because it was – after all – those two weeks as a pilgrim that sparked the renaming of my blog. 

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    Snaps: The Otter Trail on 35mm film

    “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable” – Mary Oliver When I first read this line of poetry a couple of years ago, it rang so pure and true in my soul, it became my life’s motto in an instant. Not that I’ve always been super successful at this – sometimes the slog of daily life becomes so all-encompassing, it’s all too easy to lose that sense of wide-eyed wonder. That’s kind of where I found myself at the end of 2018: looking back on a year of incredible opportunities and fulfilling projects but just completely exhausted to the bone. I felt an overwhelming longing for simplicity and…

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    Snaps: #myMpumalanga road trip

    Way back, when we used to live in Pretoria, my parents would ever so often pack us all up into the combi and head to the Kruger National – or Marloth Park for the weekend. I loved it. And a big part of my heart still resides there, in the bushveld. Living in Cape Town now, weekend trips are obviously no longer an option, so when I get the opportunity to set out in that direction, I jumped at it! At the end of July, I was lucky enough to be part of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s brand new #myMpumalanga campaign (working behind the scenes mostly), which included a…

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    Snaps: Return of the SA Agulhas II on 35mm film

    Earlier this year, I had the privilege of joining a very special welcoming party on the docks of Table Bay Harbour, just around the corner from the V&A Waterfront. The SA Agulhas II supply and research ship was returning from an expedition to Antarctica and on board was my cousin, Danielle, along with her boyfriend, Andre. The two had spent more than a year at the SANAE IV research base, working as engineers. It was truly special being able to join the Taljaard and Odendaal families for this momentous occasion. I’m still trying to pin Danielle down for a proper interview about her experience, but in the meantime, here are a few…