Category: Life and People

Freedom Park, //hapo Museum

Location: Freedom Park, //hapo Museum.

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“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

I recently took a trip to Freedom Park, //hapo Museum in Pretoria which is about an hour drive away from Sandton, Johannesburg. The architecture of the place is nothing short of genius – every single corner had a character of its own expressing itself in materials and landscaping. Such designs reignite my passion for architecture, it all feels so fluid and.. perfect, just as nature is.

I mean, I visited the Museum and it inspired me to add sketches to this post! To me, this is enough evidence of why it’s so important to feed your mind and soul with experiences that move you to be a better version of yourself.

And what better way to enrich your mind and soul by learning about your history as an African?

The stories I read on the displays inside the museum were phenomenal to say the least. With objects collected from ancient times and distant lands all over the African continent, the realization that history was a few feet from my grasp left me with goose pimples the whole time I was inside. I picked up a few interesting facts about African history, from Ancient Ghana, Timbuktu/ Mali to Egypt when it was known as Nubia. And most of all, the struggle for freedom in South Africa has left me humbled. Spaces like these are so important as they remind us of our history, and make us realize how important it is to always treat each other with love and dignity.

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Also, am I not killing these photos?! I’ve never experimented as much with black and white photography until this post.

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Once I was done with the displays inside the museum, a walk around the grounds revealed gorgeous vistas of Pretoria. The building is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside.

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I posted on my Insta stories that this is the best museum I’ve been to so far. It’s not just about the physical space but the stories the building carried inside it, I think it’s a must visit for anyone traveling to Pretoria.

Ahlan wa Sahlan

Ahlan wa sahlan wa marhaban bikum!

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An Arabic greeting that loosely translates to a very warm delicious ”welcome”.

It has been too long since I hit the publish button on here, close to eleven months since my last post, eek! It feels so good to be back on this positive space as every time I checked my website I remembered the reason why I started it in the first place. This time off has helped me clarify that vision and grow my passion for content creation and blogging. My intention was, and still is, to document my travels and adventures so that I can stay excited about life and perhaps even inspire my readers.

So here’s what I’ve been up to since I’ve been away.

Moved to South Africa

Last year in September, I came for a short trip to South Africa and well I guess it’s safe to say I fell in love with the country! The standard of living and opportunities left me inspired I told myself I had to come back. I was back home in Kenya between the months of November and February, applied for my Masters and got accepted into the MBA program at Monash South Africa.

Why an MBA while I’m a professional architect? Because I believe in capitalism.

I also work part time so it may make a little bit more sense as to why I’ve been MIA online? Either way, with strong accomplished women like Beyonce running the world it goes without saying that women can do so much more so I will try to be the best version of myself – studying, working and blogging too.

I am becoming a fully self sufficient human as each day goes by and it comes with so much growth *cough* challenges * and I am grateful for it everyday! As I type this out, I cracked my iPhone screen this morning and will have it replaced on pay day. Lol.

I digress. Moving on.

Untitled-1.jpgRedesigned pilgrimchic.com, and learning a new language (CSS)

If you’ve been following me for a while, I’m sure you have noticed that my blog look has changed.

I’ve always loved the minimal look it’s had from before but I kept hoping to evolve into a more professional vibe. I pray I will be able to collaborate with my dream brands and creatives I admire with time and I’m hoping the choices I make everyday will enable that vision. We all hope we can somehow get rewarded for our efforts as blogging is not easy guys! Creating amazing content and visuals takes time and sharpening your skills and I’m ALL ABOUT THAT LIFE! Growth all day errday. Why not create amazing content and enjoy my life as I’m at it?

The blog look is still not quite there yet as I’m learning how to design the site myself (CSS) and build the components of the website bit by bit. Any programmers in the house?

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The plan is to stop sitting behind the screen each day wishing I was doing more with my life when I actually can.

I intend to post whenever I can and perhaps even come up with a schedule, once a week to begin with on Saturdays after class. Although school and my livelihood are my priority, it can sometimes get so overwhelming that I felt that I needed to remind myself to enjoy life more. That’s where content creation comes in, scouting for interesting locations and getting to put down my thoughts in words on this virtual space.

It seems like it’s a recurring theme here on my posts – to not forget why we’re doing what we’re doing (work, school and everything else we seek out in this life) but remember to take a step back, be grateful and enjoy life. There is so much beauty within our reach, from the small things like taking a walk in the park, a cup of coffee or delicious pastry in a restaurant you’ve always wanted to visit, to slightly more complex luxuries like a road trip or globe trotting in another part of the world!

I hope you have all been well, truly.

Talk to you again soon?

Fatma xx

Location: Monte Casino.

Lost.

I was looking for the food court but ended up getting lost – found myself on this ‘bridge’ that connects the mall to the Michelangelo Hotel.

The art piece hanging on the glass ceiling reminded me of these wind charms I used to be obsessed with at some point. My friends and I used to buy them for each other as birthday gifts.

So I stare up at the art piece, snap a picture, and follow my two friends back into the mall.

Walking past Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Cartier and many other expensive designer shops I’d never dream of seeing during my lunch break. I’ve never been in the presence of so many diamonds and jewels. It’s is said that Sandton is the richest square mile in Africa.

I guess getting lost can be exactly what we need some times.

🙂