My Google Story

As you can see from the above, my obsession and reliance on Google Search goes a couple of years back!

There are lots of amazing stories I can share about how Google Search has helped me, from when I started my first blog Just Curious in 2009 and how I used to GOOGLE Search everything about working on WordPress, from searching for travel guides and advice, there really hasn’t been anything I haven’t searched for in Google.

Last year in May I decided to travel to Paris for my birthday so as I was travelling alone, I went on to my trusted friend Google Search to search for “Things to do in Paris as a Solo Traveller”.  That led me to finding Jim Haynes, an American born old man who hosts Sunday Night Dinners at his house for travellers who are visiting Paris.

What he says on his website:

Every week for the past 30 years, I’ve hosted a Sunday dinner in my home in Paris. People, including total strangers, call or e-mail to book a spot. I hold the salon in my atelier, which used to be a sculpture studio. The first 50 or 60 people who call may come, and twice that many when the weather is nice and we can overflow into the garden.
Every Sunday a different friend prepares a feast. Last week it was a philosophy student from Lisbon, and next week a dear friend from London will cook. 

People from all corners of the world come to break bread together, to meet, to talk, connect and often become friends. All ages, nationalities, races, professions gather here, and since there is no organized seating, the opportunity for mingling couldn’t be better. I love the randomness.
I believe in introducing people to people

Mmh that last line got to me so I sent him an email and booked my spot for my first Sunday in Paris as I had zero plans and being the person that I am, I knew I wasn’t going to manage being alone the entire trip.

This was the best decision I made.

I got to Jim’s house and the entire place was packed with a lot of friendly people, standing around chatting over food, Boxed wine, beer and soft drinks.

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Long story short, it was at Jim’s house where I got to meet and connect with Marta Benavides (Spain) and Filmmaker Ece Ger (Turkey) who have now become friends I cherish.

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Let’s just say there was nothing SOLO about my trip as I got to spend time with them 2 more times before leaving Paris and after inviting me to check out of my hotel to stay with them, they also hosted a farewell brunch at Ece’s house on the day I was leaving. One of the best experiences of my life yet. 

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The two are currently working on a feature length Documentary titled Meeting Jim and we recently had a Skype interview about my Meeting Jim experience and what it meant to me.  

You can read all about the documentary HERE.  So thanks to my acquaintance with Google Search, I have made these amazing friends and might have a little mention in this international documentary. Amazing right?

Well, I would love to hear what amazing Did Google Search ever help you pass that exam, figure out what meds were needed, introduce you to your BFF’s blog, or lead you to your soul mate?

Did the Google app on your phone Google app get you to the airport on time for a flight you would have otherwise missed by warning you that you needed to leave an hour earlier than planned?

Did Google Maps turn by turn navigation on your mobile get you safely and easily to all the landmarks you wanted to see when you went on your dream holiday?

Whatever your #MyGoogleZA story is, please share it with me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and @ us through @ChicaAfrica on FB & Twitter/ @Chica_Africa on Instagram and I will choose the best story submitted to us to win an awesome Google Swag Bag Prize!

The Prize:

How to Enter:

  • Share your Google story with us via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and @ChicaAfrica, with the #MyGoogleZA hashtag included.
  • The competition closes on 16 May.

Terms & Conditions:

  • The competition is only open to people older than 18.
  • This is a skill contest – entries will be judged based on how a story showcases the usefulness of  either Google’s Search, Maps and the Google App in your life.
  • Only one entry per person will be allowed, and entries may not be longer than 300 characters.
  • By entering this contest you agree to the competition rules available here https://events.withgoogle.com/mygoogleza/terms-conditions/)  .
  • By entering they agree that their stories may be published.
  • The full Ts&Cs can be found here:  https://events.withgoogle.com/mygoogleza/terms-conditions/

I look forward to reading your stories 🙂 

By Lelo

Hulisani Ravele Insta crush

Our first Insta Crush is none other than Hulisani Ravele.

Something about this Instagram post made me rethink just how well I know about my culture as a Xhosa woman. When this was posted, Hulisani was enroute to Venda to learn about her culture and striking the right balance between culture and modern day realities.

Read her post below: 

Hulisani Ravele

@hulisaniravele

N1 North, en route hayani, my beautiful Venda! Term 1 school holidays at AFDA are shooting windows for our respective projects. A few weeks ago, I was approached by a group of 3rd Years to star in their documentary for what is called their “Experimental” project.

I’ll be honest, they caught me offguard and I was hesitant at first.

The concept turned out to be something that was very close to my heart and something I had the intention of doing for myself, personally, some time soon.

I’m off to Venda to learn more about my culture, specifically about the role of woman in my culture and the various rites of passage one must pass through as a Venda girl -> woman. What are the cultural practices where woman are concerned in my culture? What do they represent? What are they all about? What is culturally expected of a Venda woman?

As I’m getting older, getting closer to marriage, getting closer to motherhood, I feel that I don’t have enough authentic knowledge about my culture and our practices.

Personally, I understand and respect that balance that one sometimes has to strike between culture and their modern day life. Some cultural practices do continue in our suburban and township homes, however, some of us don’t know the true origin of those practices and we’ve simplified (and in some cases oversimplified) or even ‘kasified’ or Westernized them. That’s the gap I want to fill in my mind and heart, for me and my legacy. Although I may not be able to go back in time and do certain things that I was meant to do according to my culture, I want to have the purest knowledge, in its entirety, so I can make informed decisions when it comes to my culture and I and my future children, more so my daughters.

I’m really excited about the next 4 days of shooting this documentary, the working title of which is ‘My Culture, My Conventions’. And to think this is a “school project” but for me it is so much more. Grateful to have been perfectly positioned to be at AFDA at this time, in this year, to meet these 3rd Years.

This got me to think  – and reminded me of the cultural pilgrimage Thandiswa Mazwai took just before releasing Zabalaza in 2004. And oh what a classic that turned out to be! May Hulisani’s experience be just as amazing.

Would love to hear your thoughts on Hulisani’s journey, and how important you think it is for us to balance our cultural roles in today’s modern world.

 

By @MsLeloB