A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. ~ Gertrude Jekyll 🌷
Brazil’s history, culture and wealth are inextricably linked to Africa - more enslaved Africans were brought to Brazil than any other country (~40% of the total). Add to that the fact that Brazil was the last nation in the world to abolish the slave trade and it starts to become clear why the descendants of those 5 million Africans are still feeling its far-reaching consequences • São Paulo’s Museu Afro Brasil houses the largest collection of art created by ‘Afro-descendants’ in the Americas. These pieces, coupled with 3 floors of exhibitions, chronicle 500 years of the African diaspora’s suffering, influence and triumph • The entire exhibit is written in Portuguese, which is fantastic - an inclusive way for the Brazilian population in its entirety to engage with the realities of their past. Less convenient for visitors like me who don’t speak Portuguese but the visuals were stunning and the stories forced their way through • Art has a way of reaching you no matter what 🎨
‘The best view comes after the hardest climb’ #PaoDeAcucar #SugarloafMountain 🏞 • Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) stands 396m (1299 feet) above Rio de Janeiro. Its presence can be viewed from almost anywhere along the Rio coastline and in turn the mountain gives an awe-inspiring view of the city from its peak • Now I love to walk (#10kADay gang) but it turns out that it’s not so fun to climb a mountain in 30 degree heat... So we walked the first 220m and then joined the 37 million visitors who have experienced the 105-year-old cable car for the second leg • #Views? Worth it, as you can see. Prizes if you can spot Christ the Redeemer in the background and comment to tell me which picture it’s in 😉
Brasil Eu Te Amo 🇧🇷 ❣ Out of love for his new home Rio, Chilean artist Jorge Selarón began ‘randomly renovating’ the 250 steps outside his house in 1983, using his own money, time and resources • This labour of love resulted in people adding to the 2000 tiles from over 60 different countries in support - e.g. there are sections from Kazakhstan • What was once a back alley in a poor neighbourhood has been transformed and now welcomes millions of tourists every year. Including the one who was so desperate to keep his knee in my photo 🙃😒 • Selarón once said “I will only end this crazy and unique dream on the last day of my life” and indeed was found dead on his beloved steps in 2013
“We can’t decolonise with a chisel and a hammer when we were colonised with a Bible and a gun” ✊🏾 • The Fall at @royalcourttheatre is an exploration of white supremacy, institutional racism and Black pain at the University of Cape Town and throughout South Africa, triggered by the #RhodesMustFall and later #FeesMustFall campaigns. • The performances by the actors (UCT students who also wrote the production) were absolutely phenomenal. Brilliant and raw. It is no surprise that every run of this has been sold out. I actually wasn’t ready to feel what I felt tbh. • Personally, it still fascinates me that people fight so hard to keep statues and monuments of Cecil Rhodes in South Africa, the country he “developed” through imperialism, racist beliefs the English were a “master race” and laying the foundations for Apartheid. • Fun Fact: There is still a statue of Rhodes at Oriel College, @oxford_uni 🙃
Guys it's actually getting cold *insert Game of Thrones 'winter is coming' reference here*. Catch the sun wherever you can 😩
Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg ~ Hans Christian Andersen 🐦 AKA "Things I say to my family when they're upsetting me."