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Journal of Nomadic Life

  • Concrete Promenade

    Exploring the beautifully sunlit beach promenade just outside downtown Durban. Following the long and crowded cement strip along a calm oceanfront, we head towards uShaka, a hotspot attempting to bring together South Africa's native traditions and cultural elements with commercialised Western modernity.

    Discovering a feeling of anticipation and curiosity during the walk towards uShaka while being exposed to the culturally clashing aspects of Durban's downtown poverty and tourism's materialistic prosperity.

  • Hilltop View

    Exploring the higher grounds of Durban's superbly green Umhlanga district in the early afternoon sunlight. And while we gaze over flower bushes and treetops we always seek to find the ocean, a sight almost impossible to spot from afar, due to the tall grown trees and piercing beams of the sun.

    Discovering the refreshing abundance of green along the way to the top of the hill and the soothing, accompanying sounds of the ocean's waves ever present in the background. Very faintly at the very bottom of the hill we hear wave after wave quietly rolling onto the washed out, sandy shores.

  • Nature's Rooftop

    Exploring the shade-providing bush lands while we wander about under the glistening South African sun. Here and there we listen in on a variety of animal sounds echoing from the bottom of the trees to the very rooftops of the high grown palms.

    Discovering the cooling nature of these green giants, which we seem to be sharing with hidden animals all around us. An exhilarating feeling sweeps over us from time to time when we come to realise once more that we are being surrounded by exotic wildlife seeking shelter within the flourishing vegetation.

  • A Multifaceted Strip

    The beach strip in Durban, South Africa.

    Exploring the versatile, coastal strip of sand and pathways subtly covered in weeds and bushes along Umhlanga's hazy coastline; a merger of contrasting terrains becoming obvious to the naked eye. All of this situated in front of a highly rising, concrete jungle stretching far inland, the urban centre of Durban.

    Discovering a sense of pleasure and a feeling of luxury of having such diversity at one's disposal, right within reach. Day in and day out, no matter the season, yet simultaneously so different to our usual habitats out in the true wild.

  • Developing Americanism

    American roots in South Africa.

    Exploring Umhlanga's Western-inspired architecture creating an almost surreal image of a prosperous South African suburb that is - till this day - struck by poverty and crime typically known by many of the developing countries on the African continent.

    Discovering the surprisingly comforting, yet simultaneously worrisome effect of staged familiarity in an overly unknown country, which repetitively takes the risk of losing aspects of their very own, distinct culture by imitating aspects of a globally dominant identity; well known as Americanism.

  • Turquoise Skies

    Palm trees and turquoise skies in South Africa.

    Exploring the promenades of South Africa's smaller, costal towns near Durban. Gazing into the cloudless skies from time to time to find the colour turquoise stretching across the entirety of our heavenly canvas above. Leaving only available a little space for the gleaming sunshine that follows us all along.

    Discovering the inspiring artistry in simplicity, the beauty in the temporary monotony of the world's largest, ever-visible canvas. A flawless turquoise sky with green, tall-grown palm trees at its base. Pure artistic bliss.

  • Oceanfront Urbanity

    Urban structures along the beach in Durban, South Africa.

    Exploring the wide-stretched beaches of Umhlanga, which all so often are covered in clouds of sandy dust that blur a viewer's sight of the unknown beauty situated ahead; allowing only the highest of buildings to remain prominent and visible. A sight of true contrast with its man-made structures reigning over nature’s grounds.

    Discovering the sheer power of onshore winds that transform a generally calm oceanfront into an almost unpleasant environment with choppy waters and sand-filled gusts of wind veiling one's perception of the surrounding landmarks and landscapes.

  • South African Awakening

    Morning dew in Durban, South Africa.

    Exploring the district of Umhlanga in South Africa's vibrant Durban on a bright-early morning. Here we walk the soon-to-be-busy streets of this beautiful coastal suburb that lies quietly along the Indian Ocean with a subtle and cooling sea breeze filling the winding streets and walkways.

    Discovering the distant, yet omnipresent sounds and sensations of the ocean and the slowly rising sun, which offer a comforting feeling of calm and ever growing warmth. And so we wander street after street, corner after conner towards the blissful ocean shore.

  • Sky High

    Above the clouds in Africa.

    Exploring the infinite appearing flatlands of intertwined clouds far above the African continent. Having departed from Canada's magnificent West Coast, we are now eye-to-eye with the smooth textures of the cloudland outside our airplane window, lightly revealing itself in the subtle, yet vibrant colour tones of the distant sun.

    Discovering a stunning 'play of beauty' that only shapes up to its full extent in heights generally unattainable by mere human capabilities; now however being exposed freely to the human eye, thanks to mankind's advances in aerospace technologies.

  • Voices

    Waterfall in British Columbia, Canada.

    Exploring a beautifully cascading waterfall in the middle of the yellowish-green woods; no sound can be heard but the loud trickling of the milk-white sprays of water descending rapidly, yet with subtle ease along the black cliff face covered sparingly in moss. All around us the air feels moist, almost tangible and gentle on our warm skin. And so we listen attentively.

    Discovering genuine calm in the many voices of nature, whether it may be the hollow creaking of the trees, the whistling between the leaves or the fast, steady dribbling of water. Nature speaks to everyone, who cares to listen, blissfully and kindly.

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