travel

What I will miss most about Cape Town

When you’re busy planning an adventure of a lifetime you tend to only look forward to all the new discoveries you will experience. I am bracing myself for a major culture as I have never travelled anywhere near to Asia. So it is then easy to forget that I will be leaving behind the most amazing place to live. Tourists flock here every year to marvel at Cape Towns beauty and despite warning about the high crime rate they leave speaking highly not only of the sights but the warm Cape Town hospitality. I’ve compiled a list of what I believe I will miss the most:

The view from where I live, i.e. the first thing I see everyday. Not waking up to this even for just a few days is hard, hell going for a drive on the other side of the mountain is hard. I am always amazed how excited I get when it comes into view whether is was for a few hours or days that I did not see it. I have never not appreciated this view and never get tired of it.

Table Mountain

Devil’s Peak

Lions Head

South African treats and snacks like biltong, mebos and my favourite chips Nik Naks – I will be grateful and forever indebted to the one who would send me care packages filled with these treats. Other food stuff that I will miss: Koeksisters, Samoosa, Salomies (curry wrapped in roti), Full House steak sandwiches, Fish and Chips (not only a British thing), Ostrich, Gatsby’s (foot long rolls filled with meat, chips and salad), Malva pudding and custard and the list goes on.

biltong, mebos, nik naks

 

Exploring Chapmans Peak

The beaches, yes I know I am going to a place renowned for its beaches but it’s just not the same. Maybe I like the long drives to the beaches more, I don’t know but it will be missed. Little harbours like Simonstown, Houtbay and Kalk bay – the train ride/journey along the beach is what makes visiting these places memorable.

Kalk bay

Long Street – there is a lot of hype around this one street even though Kloof street which is further along has just has many cool eating places to visit. It does however hold little gems like the hidden away sushi place Bamboo that I love and Lola’s which makes a cheesecake so delicious I would sell my mother for it and Royale Eatery famous for its gourmet burgers that will have you licking your fingers when you’re done.

Long Street Cafe, Long Street

And so many other little things like people watchings in St. Georges Mall, feeding squirrels at the Company Gardens, Minibus taxis.

Stall at St. Georges Mall

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Life, Writing

Post office and pen pals

I walked past this Madame Zingara store in Kloof Street called this is not a post office – looks cute will have to check it out soon.

It reminded me of a time when I had pen pals (I was 12) and how I loved getting letters in our post box. I felt like a grown up getting my own mail in those blue and red airmail envelopes. I had 8 pen pals in total all girls except for 1 boy who was from Egypt. The girls were from all over Europe: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Greece and Turkey. I enjoyed learning about the people, culture and countries thousands of miles away from where I lived. The anticipation of waiting for a letter to arrive for me and when I actually received a letter was so exciting to me. The only thing I regret was not keeping at it and staying in touch with my pen pals.

 

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adventures, languages, Life, travel

Italian, a way of living.

So as you already know  I am busy learning Italian at Lingo this year and have (honestly, without gushing) the best teacher ever. Fede has a way of making each lesson fun and makes learning Italian so easy. She has a passion and zest for life that is rare and refreshing. She is originally from Verona, Italy and after travelling the world and living in Germany for a few years she finally decided to settle down in South Africa. She has been living here for 10 years now and I am glad she chose humble little Cape Town to be her home. Fede will also be blogging soon, read here to find out more.

If not in Cape Town, I would live in…Buenos Aires 

My dream holiday would be to…anywhere in the world where I have lots of friends to visit 

My current obsessions are…matching colours, pad thai and writing

 I channel my childhood self when I… dress up 

The fictional character I most relate to… the cartoon character :Candy Candy  

If I had to be outdoors all day I would…cycle through a forest

 My favourite quality in a man is…sense of humour

 My favourite quality in a woman is…to keep friendship

 I’m terrified of…cats

 My dream car is …the new 500 Fiat 

My celebrity crush is…Owen Wilson 

My friends and I like to…play with words 

If I could go back in time for one decade it would be…in Barcelona

 As a teenager I was totally into…being against the current 

I tend to splurge on…wigs 

The one thing I love most about my job is…to have fun with my students 

I am currently reading…what I am writing  

I am currently listening to…Adele

If you keen on learning a language but not sure which one I would definitely recommend Italian, Lingo and Fede my mad hatter teacher and soon you too could be living la dolce vita.

 

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