Owning MY city: Me!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

While preparing for this post, I really had to consider what I love most about living in Johannesburg. The obvious answer is Flip. teehee. 

Jokes aside, I decided that there are too many things I really love about Jhb, so I would focus on my suburb. 
The lovely Bedfordview.

I love the tree lined streets. Right now, it looks a bit dull because of winter, but in the summer I could just walk up and down these streets all day! 
Flip likes to call me a bit of a tree hugger, because everytime we drive down a street that is full of trees, I just want to move there. Wouldn't you?

Then there are the parks. Yes, I am probably a tree hugger, freak of nature, lover of all things green.
However, Johannesburg is a busy city, and being a journalist, means that I am busy in the busy city about 98% of my week. Green spaces and places just helps me relax, forget about the hustle and bustle, makes me breathe again. 

This is Gillooly's Farm. I wrote a post about it here. And yes, this is an archive pic, because right now, the hill is more grey than Gandalf's beard. (Or for HP fans, Dumbledore's.)
This OhMyGorgeous park is about 1 km from my office. During lunch hour, it is the perfect place to go have lunch and just listen to the birds and chill. 
And this down here is my office. The tall building. 

I am one of those lucky people in the city that can brag about how close I live to work. About 6km. 
Most people in Johannesburg have a daily commute of between an hour and two hours, even longer, depending on traffic, which is hell!

I commute for about ten to twenty minutes. I should ride a bike, I know. 
However, the fact that there is a small mountain between my house and here, makes it a tedious job.
And a suicidal one too. The roads are a bit dangerous.

Fun fact: My office is located inside a mall. Best thing ever! Over weekends, I have more time to do nothing or everything rather than hang around in malls doing shopping. I kind of hate shopping.
But working in a mall is also detrimental to my budget. 

Lastly, are my favourite hang outs, Tashas, and the Keg & Crow.
The latter hosts quiz nights. I am a fiend when it comes to quizzes.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my suburb.


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Jenna said...

So many places here that I need to visit! Bedfordview is just so far from us {relatively}, but I need to stop making excuses, ha!


The Pink Growl said...

Gillooly's Farm looks awesome! I want to visit South Africa so bad, don't know that I ever will but it's definitely on my list! I would be broke as a joke - even more than the joke now - if my office was in a mall! Love this series girl!

siddathornton said...

this is beautiful - i can see why you love it!

- lauren

Mikelle Jade {The Honeypie Archives} said...

beautiful parks, beautiful cityscape. BEAUTIFUL photos :) looks like a lovely city!

Kristin said...

Love these! You're hooking me on S. Africa you know :-) Also love that you referenced both Dumbledore and Gandalf's beards. Kindred spirit moment ;-)

Alyx said...

It always throws me off that the seasons are opposite! Johannesburg looks absolutely beautiful!!

Sadie Dear said...

What an awesome idea for a series! I'd love to participate one day... I'm pretty much a hometown girl. I love to take peeks at other places, too! Thanks for sharing!

Sheila@TheFailteHouse said...

Ahh this looks like a lovely city and I love that you work inside a mall. I feel during lunch breaks it would be a bit dangerous :) As for those tree lined streets, I love them too! Mine are usually palm trees, but similar concept ;) I would love to be a part of the series and share island/miami life.

alovelylittleblog said...

awww your city sounds lovely in every way!! that bike is so cute!! not yours then?! i want a vepsa really bad! thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting! i am a new GFC follower! xoxo

Jennifer Foster said...

Great blog. I would love to participate in your series.

Ocean Dreams said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit - would love to go there!

Dilan Dilir said...

really nice photos :D

Jay said...

Ah Tasha's - LOVE it!

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