Photo: Shivaun and I with Peace Ambassadors, youth members of The Peace Project, whose mission is to promote understanding and awareness of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Boy, did we have much to learn from them!
Anyway, we were due to head back to London on the 16th April but would you know it we got caught out by the Iceland volcanic ash and airport shutdowns. After frantically trying - to no avail I must add - to get back, we were told we could get seats on a flight but it would be 10 days away. So.... We thought, 'You know what? Cape Town's been great but our work here is done. We've set up the exhibition, shown people around it, conducted a few workshops and seminars for teachers, volunteers and students, and we've even squeezed in some sightseeing but what will we do for another 10 days?' We decided to head in the opposite direction and visit friends instead in Miami and return from there.
While in Cape Town, we had checked out the very interesting independent bookshop called The Book Lounge. So our heads were full of ideas (not that it hasn't been; we've spent the last 6 months looking at bookshops!). But it wasn't until we got to Miami, strolled down Lincoln Road, and checked out Books & Books that we had our 'A-ha' moment. We just loved their concept and the way they have decked out their space. True, we won't be able to do exactly what they have done as the space configuration is very different but nevertheless, what an awesome place and what a great vibe!
So, anyways, below is an idea of what we saw and liked. (These were taken at another outlet of Books & Books - at Miami International Airport). - Fran