After returning from my trip back to South Africa, 2013 will for me forever be associated with the death of Nelson Mandela. I’m so grateful to have been home to mourn his passing with my fellow South Africans, and report on the stories of inspiration his life has created.
2013 also marked another year of life in New York City, which always keeps me on my toes – something I was very evidently reminded of when I came home from the 20-odd hour flight to find the bathroom ceiling of my apartment had collapsed. Luckily the city is also full of characters who can turn any situation around, like the plumber who told me, as he removed debris from the place where my shower used to be, that this calamity is a sign of good luck in the new year.
Ever since I was 12 years old and started keeping a journal, I’ve looked back at the Year That Was and highlighted the moments that stood out. Here, then, on this digital diary of sorts, are some of my best parts of 2013…
12 Years A Slave
All is Lost
The Great Beauty (La Grande Belleza)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Inside Llewyn Davis
Iyongwe – John Wizards
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Run Boy Run – Woodkid
Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk
Haim – Don’t Save Me
Elevate – St Lucia
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
Bastille – Pompei
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Chvrches – Recover
Lorde – Royals
Rhye – Open
Rudimental – Waitin’ All Night
Power Trip – J.Cole
Alingo – P-Square
Burn – Ellie Goulding
Favourite TV Show Orange is The New Black (Crazy Eyes!)
Favourite Story to Cover When Searching for Sugar Man won the Oscar for Best Documentary.
Best Interview Moment Oprah for Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Best Personal Kick-Ass Moment Running the 2014 NYC Marathon!