Karen Blixen...in the afternoon light

Image by me... turning pages in the afternoon light at Chateau Mango.

In the afternoon light, in the far corner of District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, 
I am thinking of Karen Blixen, also known as Isak Dinesen. My thoughts 
have travelled as a result of a surprise package. One that came a great distance, 
from Copenhagen, where a talented woman by the name of Carina 
so kindly thought of me and Karen Blixen in the same light. 

For in the package is the most beautiful book, 
one that I know so many of you would enjoy.

But first...about Carina..an English teacher and a 
thirty-something Copenhagener and avid fan of Oscar Wilde, 
We have been fellow blogging friends from the start..
both of us writing when time permits.  Karen Blixen has been a subject 
of our thoughts for some time. Carina lives close to the home 
where Karen Blixen lived following her time in Africa. Carina wrote 
a wonderful post about Karen Blixen here and as blog posts often do, 
one thing leads to another and I wrote here
We both have Karen Blixen on our minds.

I highly recommend this book if you are able to locate it. I am sending 
a special thanks by way of this post to Carina for braving the Vietnam 
postal system (a procrastinating one) and sending this beautiful book.
 I am touched beyond words...
You can visit the museum sites of Karen Blixen's homes, 
in Rungstedlund here and in Kenya here.


This has all inspired me to watch 'Out of Africa' tonight. 
I am home with a touch of the Saigon flu..keeping myself well hydrated 
with Chicken Pho, Fortnum and Mason tea and jugs of filtered water.
I just finished reuniting with Diane Keaton via 'Somethings Gotta Give'...
and what better ending to the day than with Meryl and Robert...

Take Africa, Karen Blixen...Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, 
Klaus Maria Brandauer, beautiful scenery, a wonderful story, 
a classic traveling wardrobe and you have magic.
 An Out of Africa kind of magic....

In 1985, Out of Africa won seven Oscar's including 
Best Picture, Best Writing- Screenplay, Best Music-Original Score , 
Best DirectorBest Cinematography
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Sound.

Here a few classic Meryl moments....by way of Karen Blixen.

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