Life just makes me smile... and sometimes I don't even know that I'm smiling.
It's like that quote from American Beauty:
it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but
gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life"
It's the little things: the sunrises and sunsets, the sounds of birds chirping, the yellowing Autumn leaves floating to the ground in the breeze (living in Durban for so long, my experience with Autumn has been limited), the old man who greets me every morning, the annoying habits of the people I love, the new people that I meet every day, the random conversations, the personalised nicknames that I have for my friends and they have for me... It's endless and it's things that most people don't notice, get annoyed with or take for granted.
One of the things that my dad always mentions is how I taught him to look up at the sky and admire its beauty. The sky always swept me off my feet as a child, and now, every time I'm in Durban visiting, my dad points it out to me, reminding me not to get too caught up in the seriousness of life and let my old beliefs and loves slip away... like most adults do.
Browsing through my old photos, I came across my Cape Town trip in February this year. I stayed at The Courtyard, somewhere in or near Observatory next to a double/triple-fenced mental institution (as one of my best friends pointed out on my last night there causing me to spend most of the night wide-eyed and afraid).
What the hotel does best is pay attention to the small things... and almost everything there made me smile.
|The Courtyard has this old feel to it, with an added bit of history here and there.|
I especially loved the trees and the Juliet type miniature balconies. Sure its not five star
but it's perfect in its own way
|The view of the side of Table Mountain from the entrance. Just down the lane is |
a lake with this island that was always covered in birds.
|My favourite part was the muffin take away bags. It reads:|
"You've taken the Shampoo from your room now take a
Maybe I just find that hilarious cos im Indian!
|Another favourite was this table:|
"Coffee on the Run"
I wish the place I stayed at had one of these
since Im ALWAYS late and rushing to work.