Arkiv | september, 2010

South Africa – the land of contrasts

30 sep

So finally the day has come – the day I go back to South Africa. A country I fell in love with on my first visit there 2 years ago.

I got to see the country from an insiders perspective since I went with my karate teacher and native South African, Simon Chilembo. I could write a whole book on my experiences there – but suffice to say it affected me deeply and I fell in love with the country and its people.
The history of this country and its people is both fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time – and its still very much visible in the country and its people today. Apartheid seems like an ancient notion, but it still rears its ugly head even now in 2010.

The repercussions of apartheid are many, and reach farther than my knowledge of it does. However, from my last visit I noticed a very visible difference in the standard of living between the different groups of whites, blacks & coloreds. But there is so much more to it of course. Crime rates in the different areas, availability of electricity, possibilities of getting an education etc.

Of course, there is so much more to South Africa than a cruel history and its challenges with poverty, crime and other effects of apartheid. It is also a country filled with beautiful wine country; beaches and mountains; warm and happy people; magnificent wildlife; delicious food and wine and so much more. The good sides of the country far outweigh its negative points in my opinion.

I will write about my experiences when I return – but for now I’ll just leave you with a quote by THE man himself – Nelson Mandela.

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.


Friday – I’m in love

24 sep

Finally it’s here, the best day of the whole week. This is why I love Fridays – it is the last day of the working week and the whole day is filled with anticipation for the weekend and thinking of all the fun things you have planned. I am pretty sure that if I ask my colleagues they can definately see my mood accelerating during the week into a peak on Fridays. The weekend hasn’t begun yet, which means there’s a lot of free time and fun waiting, and it’s only a few working hours away. Yay!

This Friday has been pretty good so far. It started with having breakfast with my colleagues this morning and then getting home made brownie which the cantine chef had saved for me (and if you knew how much I LOVE brownie you would understand that this is huge for me). I’ve gotten lots of stuff done at work and tonight will kick off with a few beers with work first and then some wine with my girls before we go out dancing. This is definately the perfect Friday.

Also, I received a wonderful music tip from a friend that I just have to share! Missy Higgins is an artist I have never heard of before, but now I am very happy to have discovered her. Her voice and her lyrics really speak to me – and just after listening to her music at work today I already LOVE her.

Enjoy, and have a good weekend people! 🙂



22 sep
What is that spark?
That electricity
Like a shot through the heart
Only by you looking at me

You make my heart race and my breath stop
My head spins and my body quivers
My emotions caught in a headlock
No escape, like I’m in a room full of mirrors

Rays of lightning
Flowing through my body
All my emotions reeling
Oh, what is this you do to me

Warmth spreading from head to toes
Red lights flashing, warning signs
You have the power to hurt and bring woe
But for now I’ll just enjoy these exciting times

Line Fauske – 2010

Chaos theory or the power of negative thinking

20 sep
«The main precept behind this theory is the underlying notion of small occurrences significantly affecting the outcomes of seemingly unrelated events.»
Why is it that when some things start to go wrong, everything goes wrong? That somehow the one affects the other and that when many things like that happens they multiply? Is t that just chaos theory kicking in and that once shit hits the fan more shit keeps coming? Or is it that when bad things happen it is easier to shift into negative thinking, and therefore you only see the negative?

What’s in a name?

17 sep

You might wonder why the blog is called Lenyoloi – well there’s a very special story behind that and it goes back to a trip to South Africa in 2008. I went to SA with my karate teacher/mentor/extra dad Simon Chilembo ( to see SA for the first time and to learn more about where he came from.

I have known Simon since 1989 when I first started training karate at 6 years old. We have always had a special bond, and now almost 20 years after we first met I would finally get to see where he comes from and meet his family. One day we went to see Simon’s uncle and many of his nephews. Before we left Simon’s uncle Moses wanted us all to pray together in a circle. Moses is a very good preacher and is known for this in the family. The prayer was very long and performed in the African language Sesotho, which meant I didn’t understand any of what was said during the prayer. Afterwards we took many pictures together (the whole extended family), and afterwards Simon and I said goodbye to everyone.

Moses in the center with Simon to his right. Simon's mother in the front and center.

Sometime after we had left I asked Simon about the prayer – and he said that Moses had given thanks for having the family together again and attributed this to the angel who had come into their home. This angel who brought peace and happiness. Angel in Sesotho is «Lenyoloi» – and apparently Lenyoloi in this case was me. I later learned that sometimes when a white woman (or man) visits South Africa one can leave and have gotten an African name, it does not happen to everyone but if someone gets a special impression of you they might choose to give you an African name.

This was a very special experience for me, and one I will never forget. I will always carry the name Lenyoloi with me, and all the love and warmth from that day will always be in my heart.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

14 sep

After having spent a week and a half at my parents’ house I came back to my own apartment tonight after karate practise. As soon as I walked in the door I was surprised as to how good it felt to be back. It’s not that I don’t like my apartment – I really do – it’s just that I didn’t even know that I had missed it that much until I came back here again.

And that’s the way it always is isn’t it? At least for me it is. I need some time away sometimes in order to appreciate the good things in my life, be it people, my work, favorite music or even my hobbies. Yesterday I went to my first karate practise of the season (when we actually started back up after summer as long as four weeks ago…) and it felt really good to be back! To be honest I had been postponing it a bit, and some nights when I planned on going I just ended up staying home instead. Often with some «good» excuse like a headache or whatever (sounds like I was trying to skip out on something else… 😉 Perhaps I just needed a break – who knows… But the thing is that it was only when I finally dragged my lazy butt to practice yesterday that I really remembered how much fun I have training karate. It felt so good to be back that I now can’t seem to remember why I skipped practise at all anymore.

In a way I’m glad that my mind works like this because it means that I don’t have to worry if my interest for something fades in some periods of time, because it rarely lasts forever. Be it a project, a band I used to love or a sport I’ve trained for years. But it also makes me wonder why I cannot just appreciate these things every day? Why do I need a break in order to fully love it again? And why does this seem to be true in so many other areas in my life as well – like when it comes to boys for instance? I always seem to want what I can’t have. and what I can have is not that interesting… But that’s a whole blog post in itself.

Anyways… Food for thought I guess. All I know is I went to karate practice again and had a great time, so at least it wasn’t a one off. 😉

To blog or not to blog…

13 sep

Jeg har lenge vurdert å begynne med blogging, men har fra den ene dagen til den andre endret mening i forhold til om jeg egentlig hadde lyst.

Det er mange grunner til at jeg har vært usikker, men det koker vel egentlig ned til dette: Jeg føler at mange kun blogger ut ifra et oppmerksomhetsbehov der det kun handler om å vise frem seg selv og de nye klærne sine – og lite annet. Det er forsåvidt OK – men ikke noe jeg har ønsket å kaste meg på. Men i det siste har jeg kommet over mange blogger som slett ikke har handlet om noen av disse tingene, men som isteden har handlet om ulike sider ved livet – alt fra sorg og kjærlighet til politikk og musikk. Etter å ha lest en del av disse fikk jeg selv lyst til å begynne å blogge, men det har allikevel sittet langt inne.

Tanker som: Tenk om jeg ikke har noe å skrive om? Hvorfor skal folk være interessert i å lese en blogg av meg? Tenk om jeg ender opp som en av de med en blogg som bare er overflødig og som ikke kommer med noe av verdi overhodet, men som tvert imot forsøpler internettet… Men så tenkte jeg; blogging er jo bare en ny måte å uttrykke seg selv på og et sted å lufte tanker og idéer. Det finnes mange der ute med blogger som kanskje ikke betyr noe for så mange, men som betyr noe for den som skriver bloggen og en håndfull lesere.

Jeg kommer til å skrive både på norsk og engelsk – om alt fra musikk, mat, og hverdagsliv til kjærlighet, spiritualitet og livet generelt. Kan også se for meg at noen innlegg bare vil handle om random ting jeg tenker på akkurat da – jeg tenker på mye rart av og til…

Jeg er ikke opptatt av å få mange lesere – det  jeg ønsker er et sted der jeg kan lufte diverse tanker og meninger om både smått og stort. Jeg tenker og filosoferer mye – både om viktige og helt uviktige ting. Bloggen min vil være et sted der jeg kan dele disse tankene med de som måtte komme over den.