Half and Half: Macro in South Africa

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I was photographing tiny sea anemones and snails just outside of Cape Town last November. More than once I was taken by surprise when the tide came in. This photo captures the exact moment that the shot was ruined – and I think it’s kind of cool!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”


    • Ah so cool! My dad is from Durban so I’ve been a couple times to SA but that was the first trip to Cape Town. Was a totally different experience. You’re in Jordan, right? I’m sure it’s just because I’ve only seen really specific parts of SA, but do you ever see really striking similarities between there and Jordan? I often find myself comparing them, even in things like the developing cultures, society and languages.


      • Wow that’s cool. I love meeting people from different backgrounds.
        There aren’t many similarities between Cape Town and Amman. But then again, I havent traveled further out of Amman like to Petra and so on. I’m more into lush greenery and Mediterranean weather, not so much the desert.
        I grew up in Qatar though, and even Qatar isn’t very much like Jordan, I think because Qatar has so many expats. I find it difficult to be completely independent here because of the language and culture barrier. Do you feel that way too sometimes?


      • Cape Town is way different to Amman, but places like Johannesburg and Durban I see similarities. I’m in Zarqa and don’t find any similarities at all, but there’s some instances where I’m like, that’s so much like SA.
        Wow, you’ve been all over the place! My husband and I are looking at working in Qatar – I think it will be good for me because as you say, it’s full of expats. I am *very* dependent here – particularly as I live outside Amman. I come from a very liberal, independent background and find it hard here. Saying that, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t like it. Is your husband also an expat? Do you have an expat friend group? I think that’s something I’m really lacking as I don’t have many opportunities to meet other foreigners.


      • I come from the same background; having to do things on my own in Cape Town and Qatar and I loved it. But that doesn’t mean that I hate being here either, it’s just an individual thing because of language. My husband is half Palestinian, half filipino but he grew up in Qatar too which is where we met.

        I dont belong to an expat friend group but I have met a fellow blogger just through the internet. I think blogging helps bridge that gap when finding like-minded people and so on. How long have you been here? Ive never been to Zarqa, what is there to do there?


      • That’s so interesting. You’ve got such a mix of cultures going on there. Why did you decide to come to Jordan?
        You’re the first expat in Jordan I’ve met via blogging. I will have to look a little harder! It’s true about finding like minded people. There’s plenty of expats out there but it takes more than being a fellow foreigner to form an actual friendship. I’ve met a lot of people with real disdain for Jordan, who are on some kind of savior mission, and we’re just on a totally different wavelength and experiencing totally different things.
        What do you do to pass the time etc? I suppose it’s a lot easier for your husband, even though he’s not Jordanian, because life is generally easier for men here, esp. if they speak the language!
        Zarqa is pretty miserable to be honest. It’s a lot more conservative and dirty than Amman. Nothing to do.. Even going for walks is a problem because the harassment is a lot worse here. 😦 my husband recently finished his PhD and hopefully soon we’ll fly the nest and either be in Amman or the gulf.
        Do you drive? I think that would be really good for my sense of independence!


      • I dont drive unfortunately but, I dont know if I’d want to here haha. There arent proper lanes so it’s stressful.

        I think there’s good and bad in every country you’re in. So definitely in Jordan you have to get used to the stares and you can’t be as ‘open’. And there are many cultural things to take into consideration that I didn’t even know about. For example, not going out with wet hair because of what it means.

        My husband is familiar with Jordan because they came here almost every Summer.
        I guess we can talk better over FB and whatsapp πŸ™‚


      • Yeah driving is like a whole other thing here. You have to be so aware and have such quick reflexes!
        What does it mean to go out with wet hair?! There’s just SO many taboos, I’m constantly surprised by new things I didn’t know about.
        I tried to add you on Facebook but it wouldn’t let me send a request! My name’s Rachel de saint Pern πŸ™‚ so what do you do in Amman?


      • Oh and the other blogger I found, it was completely by accident. She’s a mommy blogger, I have a two year old daughter and she has a one year old son. So it was pure coincidence.


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