Friday, April 27, 2007

A great day!

I heard back from the organisation with which I applied for a research position. They congratulated me and now I have to write a 1500 word essay and still go to, or rather I hope to be called in for an interview. Indeed, the competition is tough. Anyway, I like the topic and I will write a concise, analytical and critical essay. If all goes well, my conclusion will enthrall the readers. But the day was also great for another reason. I went on a short hike on the Klipriver Nature Reserve, to the South of Jozi, close to Southgate and Mondeor. The place makes you forget that you are close to Africa's metropolis. I walked through high grass, splendid in its shades of gold, brown and green. There was a wind, and a gentle automn sun was shining on my path. As a came down a ridge, the smell of wild herbs enchanted me and a little later, as I sat down on a warm stone, two Steenbocks suddenly appeared on the other side of the valley. They sensed my presence and stood in silence. After a while, they strode up the hill side. I could hear their movements, carried by the wind and the silence of the valley, as they cut their way through the grass. Magical moments. After a busy week, there is nothing better than connecting with the inner self in the solitude of the outdoors. And all this a fifteen minute car ride away from Wits. How can you not love a city that offers such a thing?

6 comments:

Temi.adewunmi said...

Hi,

I can see that you are having fun. i envy you kind of, being close to nature in Jozy...i wish you all the best with the interview and i believe that all that has been said at WOW will go a long way to assist you and better prepare you for the new job. All the best.

Temi

Thomas Blaser said...

Thanks Temi. I keep my fingers crossed as well but the tough part: it is not even an interview, I think!? I still got to deliver the paper first...Maybe we should plan a trip together to go for a hike..it also has a great view of Jozi!!

Ijeoma Uche-Okeke said...

Hallo there Thomas, I was transported from my room as I read your piece, it sounded like a really lovely place. That is what I love about Jo'burg the fact that it is a 'city' with a feel of 'countryside'.

Good for you about the job! I wish you all the very best with the interview. As Temi said, the WOW training should stand you in good stead.

Back to your piece, you need to read through and do a little editing.

Ijeoma

Adam N. Mukendi said...

Hi Thomas,
That's great to have fun even when you have a deadline upfront. 1500 words can wait while you prefer to have a nice time. I think your trip to southgate helped you to not get stress by your work. What you did is a kind of stress management-did you know?

themba nyauza said...

Hi, Tim it is great to know that you are very much in love with mother nature. Have you noticed how the stillness of the open spaces do to the inner being of an individual.It brings serenity and calmness that is so hard to find these days. But hey, timmy about the essay that you have to write give it your best shot man. Just loosen up and do everything humaly possible. I believe with your sense of humour your can charm your way to your dream job. All the best...themba

themba nyauza said...

Hi, Tim it is great to know that you are very much in love with mother nature. Have you noticed how the stillness of the open spaces do to the inner being of an individual.It brings serenity and calmness that is so hard to find these days. But hey, timmy about the essay that you have to write give it your best shot man. Just loosen up and do everything humaly possible. I believe with your sense of humour your can charm your way to your dream job. All the best...themba