Birds

Dearest ______,

Over a year ago, I took pictures of white storks perched on their nests atop some Roman ruins. There were hardly any trees around that part of the old citadel of Rabat.

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It’s fascinating how animals adapt to their environments. If humans could be as pliant and less stubborn about how correct we think we always are, I bet we’d all evolve faster (or at least make better choices).

White storks are said to be sacred symbols of Juno, the Roman goddess of hearth and home. I guess this week is as good as any for me to start embodying them.

Or her.

Love,

Karlita

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urban

Dearest ______,

There is a particular Urban myth that’s proven to be more convincing than most folklore:

it’s this belief that one can get more from life in the city.

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As with most tales, this thought tickles some people’s imaginations.

Is this why we flock into cities to lead lives fuelled by caffeine  and our relentless pursuit of personal causes?

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strange geographies

Dearest ______,

Strange geographies are:-

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Where faces of mountains remind you of the swishing of an elaborate evening dress. Dots of plant life, a brocade of green and gold appliques.
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Where eyes feast on jagged mounds of vanilla ice cream, every which way they hungrily look.
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Where one gets a surreal feeling of having reached the ends of the earth.  One more step and you’re flung completely off the grid.
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Where sheep, in their staggering numbers, simply don’t give a shit.
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Where two girls most literally in the middle of nowhere, traverse one huge and barren field.

When you stare long enough, you realize how you’ve inevitably been drawn into a bigger picture.

Because somewhere in the cosmos, someone else is looking at you with the same sense of wonder, then unease, then realization that we are all part of one infinitely vast, infinitely strange science.

With this in mind, you will further understand how strangeness is only, in fact, relative.

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Strange , no more.

Love,

Karlita

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holy moly holi!

Dearest ______,

First of all, don’t even start asking me what the Indians’ Holi Festival is all about.

I was with a huge group of Indian friends at one of the Holi celebrations in Singapore over the weekend and apart from acceptable midday drink- binging and the sheer happiness of throwing coloured powder and water at friends (more so, strangers), they weren’t so sure themselves.

And so under these limited grounds, we went.

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bo kaap and the infinite brightness of being

Dearest ______,

Following a year that was profuse with adversities and setbacks in the global front,   I feel that going into 2014 calls for optimism and light.

While recounting some of the more blessed days of 2013, I just thought of showing you some of the happy colours we found at Bo Kaap, Cape Town’s very own Malay Quarter.

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1) The year saw reprieves from real life problems in the form of viral Twerking videos online, the Breaking Bad series among other TV greats, and pop song obsession after pop song obsession (Anna Kendrick’s Cups, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, and so on).
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2) Gay rights hit milestone after milestone, from the US Supreme Court voiding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act to the new pope suggesting a departure from the Catholic “obsession” with homosexuality. (Yahoo News)
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3)  Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th pope, whereupon he took the name “Francis”. (Wikipedia) And so far, he’s been quite the amazing figurehead as evidenced by point number 2 above.

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elevation 1-5 scale 1:1

Dearest ______,

Despite its obvious rigidity, there’s something quite rebellious and downright wild about seeing things in a single plane. Horizontals and verticals aligned, we like approaching things straight on.

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Love,

Karlita

ALL PHOTOS BY JAWO BOLIVAR.

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camps bay houses

Dearest ______,

You often ask me how I can afford to write you letters when I always seem at my wit’s end with the day job’s never- ending deadlines.
Simple: 45- minute daily commute (where I happen to be writing this to you right now).

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Camps Bay can be found at the western fringes of the Mother City (a.k.a. Cape Town). It’s a luxurious area that dots the curvy shorelines of Cape Town’s western beaches with beautifully made houses, hotels, restaurants, and bars all designed to face stunning views of limitless sea and sky.

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Behind this arrangement of houses and infinity swimming pools, you see the 12 Apostles (similar- looking mountain ranges tailing the city’s beloved Table Mountain).

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