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An embassy is the face of a country in a foreign land. A few days ago, I had the privilege of visiting the South African Embassy in Germany. When this building was designed in the early 2000s, the aim was to portray and honour the diversity of the country, as well as to express something of South African hospitality and openness. In my opinion, they managed to achieve both!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

 

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Sometimes it’s the small things that are the most amazing. Like plants and flowers coming back to life after months of lying dormant. Insects finding food in them. What a glorious display of both beauty and usefulness!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

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I have so much admiration for those having to face incredible hardship to escape war and persecution, to give their families a future. And for those working so hard to help.

This museum commemorates the 1.35 million people passing through this centre alone, as they fled from East Germany to West Germany. That situation is over, yet the same scenario plays out again and again, in Germany and around the world.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

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One of the most amazing dinnertime views ever. Sitting outside, on the top deck of a floating restaurant on the Danube, as the sun was setting behind Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest. Unbelievably beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime

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Not a great picture, but I snapped it on my phone during a brief lull on a busy evening. So many people arriving at this reception centre, looking for a future. A future so different from all they’ve known and left behind. Grief, loss and hope entwined. Laughter and tears, uncertainty and determination. And oh so much resilience.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

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Landscape – the rolling hills of England. Not very dramatic, maybe – but oh so beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

 

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