Thursday, 17 December 2015

Riga, Latvia.

Zadie arrived in Latvia in the magical time between autumn and winter, when the leaves are still yellow, but you can smell the snow that is slowly approaching. We explored little streets of Riga early in the mornings while most of the city slept and I showed her my favorite childhood places that hold so many memories. For me it was a wonderful distraction from daily routine and I think that Zadie enjoyed our little trips as well.

Words & Photos by Inga.
Full set here.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Ramat Gan, Israel.

Zadie arrived at Israel, and was quite pleased to visit me at work. I'm a translator and I work full-time at a translation and localization company. I always make sure to have stuff on my desk that makes me feel good, and Zadie fits right in! The canvases depict photos that I took in Japan a few years ago, and the Do What You Love plaque was given to me by my wonderful parents when I first joined the company. 

I live in central Israel, in the city of Ramat Gan. Despite its close proximity to Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan doesn't share its neighboring city's fame as Israel's Big Apple, and is often regarded as a boring place, with a mostly older population. Nevertheless, I like it just fine. Here, Zadie is smack in the center of town, which has quite a lot of green areas. 

My boyfriend and I went to visit our friends at their new apartment. We were greeted by their two lovely daughters, Danielle and Abigail, who fell in love with Zadie at first sight. 

My two friends took me on a journey to a strange land, taken straight of Hayao Miyazaki's films. Abigail loves the character of Mei from My Neighbor Totoro, and even looks a little like her!

We hitched a ride with Spirited Away's Chihiro and her dragon, Haku. 

Zadie got so dizzy, that she fell on her head. 

We ran into an old friend, Cheburashka. 

• • •

It's early evening, and Zadie is standing in front of my living room window. That's right − the buildings are so close to each other that I can almost see into my neighbors' apartments. Until Zadie arrived, I've never noticed how many palm trees we have in Ramat Gan. Funny how sometimes you don't see what's right under your nose (or window, in this case). 

Back at my workplace. The office building is located at the outskirts of a small town. The view is lovely − too bad I work in a cubicle that has no windows.

I love to buy items made by young Israeli designers, so I took Zadie to a pop-up shop at the local shopping mall. One of the sellers, an up-and-coming fashion designer, was more than happy (but also a little shy) to have her photo taken with Zadie. The beautiful jewelry is the work of another young designer. 

Zadie provides just the right touch to this colorful stationery display. The bright, cheerful colors are just what the doctor ordered for anyone feeling a little blue! 

Zadie was so excited to see her sisters. What a great reunion they had! 

Words and photos by Irit.
Full set here.

Monday, 2 November 2015

MiniZadie [Part One] Indonesia

MiniZadie & Ben are currently on a ten-month adventure around the globe. MiniZadie is the same colour as Zadie but she's much smaller, a backpacker's perfect companion. 
Full set here.

Monday, 12 October 2015

[I have many sisters] Potato, Tomato, Avocado!

Photos by Katrina


P.S. I know the difference between an onion and a potato 
but onion doesn't rhyme with avocado and tomato.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Durban, South Africa.

Hazel + Zadie = BFF

Zadie arrived in the middle of our winter here in Durban, which in this case means maybe every once in a while some grayish sky and 22 degrees instead of 32, but still wonderful weather for an early breakfast at the beach... which is exactly what we did on her first morning with us! Winter here also means that the aloes are flowering everywhere and Zadie turned out to love them just as much as I do.

We took Zadie with to Durban's Botanical Gardens - another favorite place of ours. We ate the legendary crumpets there with her, in the tea garden that apparently hasn't changed a bit since 1970.

It ended with the monkey's trying to steel the crumpets off our plates and straight after they even tried to get hold of Zadie - so we decided to hide her between the big air roots of the rata tree.

At home she made friends with Cloe; "her sister from another mother" as we ended up saying. She is one of the little wooden Clonette dolls I produce.

I loved the travel cards that came with Zadie and they really made some of our days together. We offered a beautiful old lady that we never met before a cup of coffee, but she preferred to have a cup of tea. She turned out to be 97 years old and with still an incredibly sharp mind! 

She came with to the Beadmarket in town where I meet the crafters that produce beaded products for me. The people selling at that market come once a week from often very far to sell their carefully beaded products. 

She also came with selecting a new range of traditional woolen Basotho Blankets. These are the blankets that the people of Lesotho often wear day and night. They come in stunning colours and patterns and are water and fire resistant.

We also took Zadie to a South African hair salon - those are little tent like structures that you find in street corners. And we showed her some of Durbans beautiful Art Deco buildings.

Back at home Zadie has been making friends with all Hazels toys and Hazel says her monkey on top of the cupboard fell in love with Zadie.

Words & Photos by Noush
Full set here.