Stockholm- Sweden 🇸🇪 A tale of two days ❤

I’m no jet setter. Well not yet anyway. But this world is so big and I want to know everything and soak up as much as I can. Allowing positivity in and keeping negativity at bay. 

The world. 🌎 Wow.


My parents (God bless their pure hearts) gave me an amazing 26th Birthday present. They gave me a trip to Stockholm. That’s the capital of Sweden 🇸🇪 just incase you didn’t know. 

Talk about best parents in the world. Truly believe in miracles when I think about the family I’m blessed with. It’s a privilege and an honor to be your daughter, Mom & Dad. An absolute, sincere and pure honor. 

My roommates (the coolest friends I’ve made during my stay in Norway 🇳🇴😎) decided to make the trip a girls weekend away and join me on this trip. I was ever so grateful to have these amazing souls with me. They are so well-traveled and knowledgeable. I learn from them daily. 

So we booked our flights. And we booked accommodation. It was an airbnb. My first time using one of those. 

Friday (24/03/17) 

We left Moholt and took an airport transfer bus which took 45 minutes to get to the airport. We got to the airport and for some weird reason, I kept thinking we were doing an internal flight. But it wasn’t. It was international. Once I wrapped my head around that, it was A for Away! We went through the security control, on our way to the boarding gate, we found a grand piano. One of us knew how to play the piano. And really well too! So Julia took the stage and played a beautiful song which attracted people to the piano area to listen to her and video her and even give her cheers and applause after! Stunning. Beautiful. Sweet. 


We took the 6pm flight and arrived on Stockholm just around 7pm. We then had to take a bus to the city center and try to find our way to our apartment. It wasn’t cold. Spring had definitely sprung. Jennekke looked at a tree with tiny little green buds and she told us she wants to see the leaves before we leave. Julia and I were skeptical as to whether the leaves would bloom in the 3 days we were there. By the time we had reached our apartment (10 minute walk from the city center), we were all actually really tired and decided to retire for the night to make an early start the next morning. Guess what? The leaves did bloom. We saw them on our way out on Sunday.

Saturday (25/03/17)

We woke up, got ready, had breakfast and set out on a little adventure. We walked to the city center and the sun was shining. It was around 10 to 12 degrees. The highest I’ve felt it so far, here in Scandinavia. We had our sunglasses on and walked through the most beautiful parts of the city. Cobble stone roads, tiny shops selling anything and everything, street venders selling candy apples and churros and quaint little cafès which looked just too divine. There were tourists everywhere. The architecture and design of the buildings were so stunning. 


I doubt my pictures do justice to the splendor that is Stockholm, but these pictures are for YOU to see what I was seeing on the amazing little walk. 

We were trekking to the Royal Palace. On the way, we found an amazing canal/body of water which had the best view, so obviously I got some pictures there. Here’s me, looking all touristic and shit ❤✌🏼


Oh before I go on. My roommate Debora, from Italy 🇮🇹, she had also booked to come with us however due to unforeseen circumstances, she had to go to Italy urgently and couldn’t come on the Trip.  We missed her so much. 

So we get to the Royal Palace and WOW, what a Palace it was. There was a room dedicated to the bridal gowns worn by the queens and princesses. There was a throne which was gifted to the queen. We had little electronic devices provided to us by the museum and basically you just point it at the information sign beside the item of interest and of gives you a brief history on the item. Pretty hi-tech stuff. Interactive and fun. Just the things I love about the museum. ❤


The bridal room and throne room ❤


Other parts of the palace looked like this: 

Royal marching band.​

We then ventured through these cute little cobble stone streets and walked past thousands of other tourists. Souvenir shops, clothing shops, candy shops, cafès, people walking their dogs, people sporting all types of amazing fashion and even a Hare Krsna group singing in the little alleys. Listening to the Krsna songs made my heart so so warm. Everything was beautiful. 

Here, see for yourself : 



We stumbled upon a body of water and it was just glorious. We also hiked up to this viewpoint to get a better look at the city. So beautiful! 

Clear blue skies. Sun shining. Perfect. 

Next stop was a cosy, quaint little cafè, I had some tea (#TeaAddict). 

As we walked outside the cafè, I heard familiar music and was immediately drawn to it. Music that made my heart beam and my face light up. Music from my culture, my religion, my life, being played on the streets on Stockholm. 



We saw some cool pirates along the way and came across a group of people doing yoga at the edge of the water. It was so transcending to see the sun shining on the ripples of water and the shadows of the people doing yoga. 

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a little bit obsessed with candy apples. So, I got myself a chocolate covered one and had a blast eating it in the sun! Felt kinda cute to be a kid again. 


Here’s more stunning buildings. 


Next stop : Limericks Pub. Nachos were shared and beers were consumed. Nice relaxing stop from the fast pace of the day. 


After the exhausting day, we headed “home” or back to the apartment. The girls and I were amazed at our sense of direction. We acquainted ourselves with the city so well that we didn’t even need a map to find our way back. 

We got “home” and got comfy. We sunk into the couch and curled up to watch 📺 TV. It’s been a while since any of us sat on a couch or watched TV for the matter. So we  relaxed and chilled out before going to bed. 

Sunday (26/03/17)

The day of Museums 😍😍😍🙏🏼

We went to the Stockholm Historika museum which depicted how the Swedish lived through the centuries. I love how interactive the museums are and you’re encouraged to touch everything and interact with all the items on display. They also appeal to all your senses which is pretty cool! 









Then we went to a dance museum 💃🏻 

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The multimedia screen featured videos of different dance forms and I was so pleased to see Bollywood dancing featuring too. 


We stopped at another cosy cafè for some chai lattes before it was time for us to head to the city terminal. Pretty cool to see the gay pride flag 🏳️‍🌈  represented too! 


We got out luggage, got to city terminal, hopped on a bus and 45 minutes later, we were saying goodbye to Stockholm.


Our flight took us to Oslo International Airport. Oslo is the capital city of Norway 🇳🇴. At Oslo our flight was delayed by 2 & a half hours to Trondheim and we only reached Trondheim at 11:55pm 😐😫. I was SO exhausted. At Oslo airport Julia & Jennekke played quick cards on the floor whilst I buried myself under a sea of jackets and tried to get some sleep.

With the bus transfer back to Moholt, we only reached home at 1:30am on the morning of the 27th. I had to wake up at 5:30am for school the same morning and boy was I tired! But it was so so worth it. 

It was a brilliant trip, I had great company and got a little glimpse into more scandic life. I will definitely be going back for more. 

Just a little thought on people for your Tuesday motivation. Let go of the toxic people and embrace the good people in your life. If someone loves you, they will never hurt you. Remember that. 
As always, I wish you peace, love and light. 

Thanks for reading! 

Rockheim Museum 

Today I went to the Music Museum 🎤🎧🎼🎹🥁🎷🎺🎸🎻

It’s near the Harbor and Fjord in Trondheim. You don’t need the lecture on how much I love museums. You’ve heard it enough by now. 

This was an interactive museum that took you through the musical eras and it was so beautifully designed and interactive. 😍

Rooms for each era; 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. There were jukeboxes where you could choose music, rooms decorated as per the era they represented and instruments you could pick up and play. So so magnificent. I definitely recommend it if you’re in Trondheim 🎸🎸🎸

I LOVED IT! 

Here’s the pictures ​​​​

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Peace , love & light to you all❤

Chakras (चक्र)

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Today…today my mind ventured on to chakras. I have been feeling out of balance this past week and usually, it is because one of my chakras are blocked or needs healing. Whilst trying to heal my out of balance chakras, I thought it would be a good idea to share some information about them with you.

Chakras are centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. They are located in the midline of the body. There are seven main Chakras and they contribute to our being, they govern our psychological properties.

In the last few years, I have been oddly aware and conscious of my chakras. I began to read books, articles, blogs and anything I could find with information pertaining to them. I started noticing that when you heal your certain chakras, the area of life which they govern, suddenly becomes healed too. That when you open your chakras and align them, you experience balance and equilibrium in life. To say I am fascinated with them, would be an understatement. I have conditioned myself to listen to my chakras when a certain area of my life seems to be going awry, I seek to heal the chakra associated with that area in life, and soon things begin to fall into place again.

I have found a simplified guide, a sort of “Chakras for beginners” on a site called MindBodyGreen. I hope to educate you on the main aspects of each chakra very basically. Just so you can get into my head a bit more, and understand the inner workings of my mind.

 

1) Root Chakra – Muladhara (मूलाधार)

Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.

Literally translated, Muladhara means: “Root support”

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2) Sacral Chakra – Svadhishthana (स्वाधिष्ठान)

Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.

Literally translated, Svadhishthana means: “one’s own base”.

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3) Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura (मणिपूर)

Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.

Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.

Literally translated, Manipura means: “jewel city”.

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4) Heart Chakra – Anahata (अनाहत) 

Our ability to love.

Location: Center of chest just above the heart.

Literally translated, Anahata means: “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten”.

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5) Throat Chakra – Vishuddha (विशुद्ध)

Our ability to communicate.

Location: Throat.

Literally translated, Vishuddha means: “especially pure”.

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6) Third Eye Chakra – Ajna (आज्ञा)

Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

Location: Forehead between the eyes.

Literally translated, Ajna means: “command”.

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7) Crown Chakra – Sahasrara (सहस्रार)

The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

Location: The very top of the head.

Literally translated, Sahasrara means: “thousand-petaled”.

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If you have managed to get this far in this post, Thank you. This is by no means religious propaganda. In fact, there is a huge difference between religion and spirituality.

Definition Religion: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Definition Spirituality: The quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

Chakras are simply energy centers. They may have Sanskrit names, but they are by no means directed specifically to Hinduism exclusively. Anybody can practice aligning their chakras. A simple way of doing this is by practicing Yoga.

Awareness comes from within. Trust your intuition. Trust your gut feeling. It’s usually right. Be guided by the light within you, be unapologetically you. Living with balance usually brings peace and contentment.

I wish you all peace and light.

Have a blissful week ahead.

P.S – I found the images on google. A simple search brings up hundreds of variations of the chakra symbols. I am not claiming that these images are my own.

 

 

On Love.

I read this article yesterday. It was on my newsfeed on facebook and it is from a page called: Elephant Love: Loneliness, Dating & Relationships. The original site elephantjournal.com also features this article and it is written by Elyane Youssef.

I have been thinking about the fragile nature of our feelings when love is involved. How deeply you lose yourself in another person.How quickly you say “I Love You” without even pondering on what love really is? What is Love? Has somebody been able to define it yet? We know we feel something, but how do we know that what we are feeling is truly love? Does love even exist?

In case you were expecting me to give you MY definition of love, let me disappoint you right now. I don’t have one. I haven’t yet been able to put into words what I feel when I think I am experiencing love.

I’m talking about romantic love here. Not familial love, or self-love or any of the other types. I’m talking specifically about the love you think you experience when you say “hey, I think I can spend the rest of my life with this person”. Like what does that actually feel like? If you think you know what it is, please comment below and let me know. It’s always good to get many perspectives on a topic to get a deeper understanding.

Back to the article. I read it and thought “Hmmm, yeah. If you love someone, you won’t hurt them. You won’t destroy them”. So whilst I may not fully know what love IS. I think I have some sort of idea on what it isn’t. It isn’t hurting someone you claim to love.

So this article basically sums up what you shouldn’t do to someone you “love”. The article uses the pronoun “she”, but you can change it to “he” and it would still mean the same. I am going to share the article with you because I liked it. I think it was sincere and thought provoking. And if you are also wondering about what love is or isn’t, then maybe this might push your thoughts in a certain direction.

I will share it now and you can take what you need from it. Make what you want out of it. If it’s funny, then laugh. If it helps you in any way, then use it. If it inspires you then good!

I liked it, so I thought I would share it. I don’t even know what this made me feel. But it made me feel something.

 

“I know you love her.

If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be with her. But since you’re only a human being with variable emotions, you might be inclined to love her in all the wrong ways.
A healthy, happy relationship can transform into a destructive one if you treat her less than how she deserves to be treated.
Nonetheless, I hope you try to love her right. I hope you cast every ray of awareness upon your love for her. I hope you know that awareness is what keeps a relationship strong.
 
I want you to remember how she looked when you first laid eyes on her. She was everything you longed for. Be it her beauty, her wild nature, her sense of humor or her independence, there’s something about her you haven’t found in anyone else.
And what floored you the most was her completeness.
If you love her, keep her this way. Keep her beautiful, keep her wild, keep her complete.
While she’s the master of her own fate, I wish you understood that you play a major role in her life. How you treat her determines how she views herself—you can make her shine or make her feel lost. She’s a statue in your hands and she only hopes to be held with vigilance.
If you love her, don’t destroy her.
Know that she was destroyed before and another destruction isn’t what she’s aiming for. If she’s with you, know that she has stepped over her fear and insecurities to be with you. She has stepped over her past and decided to give love another chance. She has entrusted you with the health of this relationship—and with her heart.
Don’t let her down.
You destroy her the moment you think you know her. She’s not a book you will eventually finish. She’s something yet to be discovered—so live every day as if you’re meeting her for the first time.
Be present. Nothing destroys her more than your emotional absence. You can sit with her all day long and not really be there, yet you can be so far away and be completely present.
Stimulate her thoughts, her emotions, her being. Dive into her soul like you’d dive into an ocean.
Know that you’ll wreck her if she ever felt you need her rather than want her. You’ll destroy every inch of her if you only love her when loneliness creeps up on you. Because she seeks your love in all moments, not just when your fears and insecurities strike.
I know that your own past sufferings may have destroyed you. But don’t love her just so she can carry your emotional baggage with you. Don’t love her if you only want her to fix you. Know that she will, with time, without you even knowing.
Her love and existence will heal every part of you. But if you are with her solely to fill the emptiness inside you, she will know—and it will destroy her.
And remember, she doesn’t want to be fixed either. Maybe she opened up to you and told you about her painful past. Perhaps you know the exact number of pieces she was turned into. But she didn’t tell you so you would fix her—she only told you so you can know what she endured and how it made her who she is today.
She wants you to acknowledge that your actions toward her—actions motivated by love, understanding and patience—are what matter.
Don’t treat her like a broken woman. She is complete with all her pieces, even though they may still be scattered everywhere. Embrace them with her—just don’t add to them. Make her see why she went through destructive relationships in the past. Make her realize that she went through the “worst” so she could appreciate the “better” that you are.
If you love her, love her with all her flaws and insecurities. She is as imperfect as you are and she only hopes to share that imperfection with you. She wants to undress her soul in front of you and be utterly herself.
She wants to be the same way with you that she is in the mirror—crazy, wild and free. If you’re not ready to accept her as she is, you will destroy her.
If you love her, build her up because she will be doing the same for you. Know that whatever effort you put in, she will be putting in double.
If you show her the moon, she’ll show you the entire galaxy.
If you take her to a well, she’ll introduce you to the ocean.
If you treat her right, she’ll love you more.
If you love her well, she’ll never forget you”
Yeah, so that’s the article. I apologize if it was too heavy for your Saturday night.
My next post will be light-hearted. I promise.
Take care my dear ones. I wish you light and happiness.

Reindeers, Skiing & Everything in between :)

I haven’t been keeping you guys updated and I apologize for that. I guess “feeling homesick” is really a thing and I’ve kinda experienced it for the first time in such a hardcore way. So I’ve been quiet here, but I have still been going on adventures and I’m here now to tell you all about the fun stuff I got up to recently.

I went to a museum ❤️

Anybody who really knows me, will know that I love museums. This love of museums was heavily influenced by my father, who exposed me to them at a young age and continued to do so until the feeling of walking into a museum became my happy place. Thanks Dad.

The museum I went to here in the city center was so beautiful. They are so interactive and are almost built on the fundamental fact that young children will visit the place to gain knowledge and insight. It’s built in a fun and interactive way that facilitates kids learning. If we want our children to learn anything at all, we must make it fun and attractive to a young mind. The museum appealed to almost all your senses. There were buttons to press in order to hear sounds, there was a dark room and you had to take a torch in and shine it on the walls to read the info or see the pictures. There were moving visuals projected on the ground and this was so awesome to watch because the little ones react so well to all this stimuli. I’m really learning a lot about how to approach teaching and learning.  


Melody turns 30!

My friend Melody celebrated her 30th birthday here in Norway around the middle of February. Our friend Ingrid organized an amazing party to celebrate this and it was my first experience at a Norwegian party. So, apparently clubs are really expensive – entry fee & alcohol. What people do here is : Pre-Party. It’s basically drinking at home with a whole bunch of your friends before actually going into a club. This party included some girls from our class at University, and some of Ingrid’s friends and then ended up being a huge gathering and it was exactly as it is in the movies. People just rocking up at the door. Friends of friends showing up. Roommates of friends and the roommates friends too. Hahaha. It was just like those house parties you see in American movies. Drinking games, music, conversation, laughter and a waffle cake! Wow. I had fun.


The real snow experience ❤

Up until this point I had only been exposed to little and few flakes of snow. Then all of a sudden, out of the blue – everything turned white! Thick, big and heavy flakes of snow fell from the sky and it was the most wonderful experience. You don’t think about the cold when you’re experiencing magic. Little kids as young as 3 years old, had skiis on and were ready to go skiing. I then heard someone say “Norwegians are born with skiis on their feet”. Haha. Must be true. This 3 year old had all the confidence in the world and skiied like a pro. The trees hung low and heavy. Being a South African and having never experienced snow like this before, was really breathtaking. The kids still have 2-3 hours of outdoor play at kindergarten, even when it’s snowing like this. Absolutely incredible. 


Reindeers at Røros 🦌🦌🦌

The university took us on an outing to Røros. It’s a few hours drive out of Trondheim. There was a festival happening and there were little stalls that created a market like vibe. The festival was in honor of the Sami people (the indigenous people of Norway). The stalls sold everything from Reindeer meat burgers, to typical Norwegian mittens and honey-coated almonds. Meat, leather, fur hats, woolen jerseys, stuffed toys, and so much more were on sale. The best part of Røros was the part where I got to see an actual Reindeer!!! What a beautiful, mystical creature. I went reindeer sleighing and it was totally cool guys! I feel like the stuff that’s been happening to me recently is straight out of a movie. I still can’t believe that I’m so blessed to be able to experience all of this. 

We had a pizza night here at the apartment 🍕🍕🍕 Homemade pizza! Yum 👅


Oh! Oh! Oh! I got a new piercing too!


Science center 

The University organized a trip for us to visit a science center and learn about how to incorporate science in a simple way, into our teaching. It was pretty fun. We experimented with different materials and using household or easy to find items. We made bombs, volcanoes and tried to mix oil with water. Sad story – oil and water never mix. 😔 They just never do. The coolest of the experiments was actually using a plastic pipette and trying to fit as many drops of water as we could onto a coin. We actually reached 87! How cool? Go try it please. It sounds childish but it’s actually the most fun thing.


Roommate Movie night 🎥😂❤

So let me just say, my roommates and I have become quite a little family. We have meals together, talk about how each other’s days went and we also talk about deep stuff too. These girls have become a family away from my family. I can’t actually remember who suggested the idea, all I know is this : one night, we dragged a mattress onto the kitchen floor and watched 50 shades darker on a laptop. We giggled and passed comments all throughout the movie. I have never read the books or watched the first movie, was never and will never be interested in the whole “50 shades” thing. But something about this night brought us closer together. Haha. We bonded that day. It was cozy and lovely. Here, have a look for yourself.

And girls, if you’re reading this – Then please know that I appreciate all the time you spend with me and the love and support too!


Oh! Oh! Oh! I got my residence permit! I’m officially a Norwegian citizen til August! The picture on my card looks hideous but that’s beside the point. I’m a resident homies! 

Trip to the woods

The kindergarten I’m at, took the little ones on a trip to the woods. I’m not even an outdoorsy person, but man, those woods were beautiful and Mother Nature is splendid. 

I baked a cake. From scratch. No premixed store bought fakes here. The real deal. Icing too! (Thanks to my friend Tamara -Tams Treats- for the recipe). Guys, my first attempt was a success ❤️🎂 yippee. Got my foot in the door with cooking and cleaning, now I can bake too. Wifey material right here 😂. Jokes. I’m taken.

But actually, it’s an achievement for me because I tried to make brownies (store bought premix) and they failed so hard. I put like 1 whole liter of water into the mix and it was just such a fail! So I’m gonna not so humbly brag about the deliciousness of the cake I baked! Need a picture for proof? Here you go. 

Boom!

Northern lights

A group of us girls went up to Moholt hill to see if we could spot the northern lights. We did get to see them but unfortunately my phone couldn’t capture the phenomenon. My friend Iffy did manage to snap some shots. Here’s what we got. 

Skiing 🎿 

I was really hoping to find an undiscovered talent in skiing. Lord, was I wrong! Ha! I fell down about 6 times in the first 5 minutes. And I kept sliding backwards. And falling. Backwards and falling. That was the total sum of events on my first attempt at cross country skiing. I went with my roommates Jennekke and Debora, and a friend of mine, her name is Annamária and she’s from Hungary. It was so funny getting on the bus. Literally every single person on the bus had skiis with them. Ladies as old as what looked to be 80 were kitted out and ready to ski. We got up the hill and the people on the bus got of. We entered this space of open land and I watched in awe as I saw little kids, 1 year olds, on skiis. Pregnant women, old people, young people, dads with babies strapped on their backs, people even skiing with their dogs! It was great. But there I was. Falling flat on my ass every two minutes 😂😂😂😂 I was a sight for sore eyes. 

Aaaaand, that’s it folks. Oh wait, before I forget, let me add some pictures of me at college with all my cool friends. The diversity amongst the group of exchange students is something to marvel over. We are all from different parts of the world, from different cultural backgrounds and have such different lives, yet we find common ground and build and forge meaningful friendships. The experience here is so rich and fulfilling. 

I also just want to show you my little humans climbing trees and constructing their own sandwiches ❤ They are seriously the cutest. My mentor made cocoa  and took his guitar into the woods, we made a bonfire and sang songs whilst sipping on hot cocoa 😍😍😍.  
I know the tone of this post is upbeat and happy, and I really don’t mean to be a downer here but I want to conclude on a serious topic. For those of you who may not know, I’m a very vocal spokesperson/supporter on Mental Health Awareness. It needs awareness because there are so many misconceptions around it. If you have someone in your life who is suffering from a mental illness, take care of this person. Try to understand even if you don’t. Because I can promise you this, it’s not fun for the person who has it. Nobody just wakes up and decides to be depressed for fun. These are serious things and people need support and love. You never know what you could say or do that may trigger the person, so always take care with your words and actions.  I’m hoping to bring awareness to a topic that people feel uncomfortable discussing. What’s worse is the people who are sufferers of mental illness feel embarrassed for having it, as if it was in their control or as if they had a choice in the matter.  If you know anyone who is battling from any sort of mental illness, give them a hug today or just say a few kind words to them. I promise you that it makes things just a bit better for them. And if you are reading this and you have some sort of mental health issue, imagine me wrapping you in my arms and giving you the tightest hug! You’re not alone and you matter. You are valued and you have worth.
That my friends, concludes this issue of MindBodySona.

As always, I wish you love, light and peace ✌🏼 Be strong my people!

If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.” – Lecrae