Return from Paradise…

Aaaahh, it’s been exactly a week since I got back from the beautiful paradise that is Cape Town in South Africa.

I never thought any other place could feel like home as much as London does, but Cape Town most definitely puts up a good fight and might even win the odd battle if not the war…

With 48% mixed race population (my people – the people of the mix, whoop!), the combination of the languages Afrikaans and English (just SO close to how my own brain works switching between Dutch and English), Bougainvillea and Hibiscus blossoming on every street corner (like I remember from my childhood in India), Bollywood tunes played in stores (another throwback to my childhood), markets to rival Spitalfields (one of my favourite spots in London) …throw in some fabulous weather, some absolutely gorgeous beaches/ nature and friendly people and it’s no surprise I love it so much?!

This picture was taken on Day #2 on the beach Clifton 4 at a concert of Dr. Victor & The Rasta Rebels. Awesome much?

Can I please go back?? Teleport me please? Now…?

cape town lions head from clifton beach 4

Dream Destination: Lombok, Indonesia

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My darling grandmother who is one of the most amazing people in the entire universe was born on the beautiful Indonesian island of Lombok. She lived on Bali at a very young age and moved across a few different Indonesian islands before moving to Europe, but Lombok it says in her passport.

Some day I dream of visiting her birth place and home town and actually taking the time to relax and really take it in. I haven’t been able to go yet because I really want to give it the time and respect that it deserves from me personally as the birth place of my wonderful grandmother who is one of the most loving and inspiring people I have ever met and love her so dearly. For me personally, a visit to Lombok (or Indonesia in general) would not be just any other holiday, it would be a sort of personal pilgrimage if you will – a pilgrimage of paying respects and taking in the roots of my family and what is also a part of my own identity.

Until I have the chance to take that much time off for travel, I shall continue to devour every book I can find on Indonesia and keep planning my dream trip :) with some inspiration from Pinterest…of course.

Tiu Kelep Lombok waterfall nature Indonesia Tampak Siring Temple holy temple Bali Central guardian temple lagoon Candi Dasa Bali