adventures, Life, travel

10 Things I am proud I achieved before turning 30

Soon I will officially be 30 – there’s no turning back now. Below is a list of my greatest hits and things I am proud to have achieved. To the next 30!!

1. Passing my driver’s test and getting my licence.

2. Learning how to surf.

3. I can speak Italian, well almost.

4. Kloofing down a gorge and jumping off a 12m cliff into a rock pool.

5. I can make my own sushi.

6. I finally know how to swim.

7. I can ride a motorbike.

8. I have travelled to Europe.

9. I discovered my true calling.

10. And finally  have the courage to pursue it.


10 Things I have learnt this week

The board I call the boat

1.Murphy’s Law decided to test me this week and see how I would survive with the hottest weather on my week off. I failed.

2. I missed Italian class more than I thought I would.

3. We’ll complain about the heat, humidity, wind, ran, cold – there’s always something.

4. A study timetable actually does work.

5. Not surfing for months was not a good idea – must surf in winter.

6. Doing touristy things in your home city is fun.

7. It’s rare that a sequel is better.

8. We do not always appreciate what is right in front of us.

9. Flights to South America is expensive.

10. Bonding with my brother turned out to be not the worst thing in the world.


10 Things I have learnt this week

1. A good friend is someone who is also a good listener.

2. Fun runs are well….fun and our pyjama costumes were quite tame when compared to other runners.

3. There is such a thing as over-share.

4. I think I’m going to love riding a motorbike.

5. I really, really hate minibus taxis.

6. All landlords are from a lil place called hell.

7. Some fleas are invisible.

8. Sharks and rainy weather can spoil a morning planned for surfing.

9. It is possible to buy a whole outfit for under R150 ($20)

10. Koeksisters on a sunday morning is hard to beat.

Books, Life, music

10 Things I have learnt this week

1. Face your challenges and fears head on.

2. I get lost in book stores and lose track of time. I’ve realised that I’ve never read a Charles Dickens book in my life and I read way too much chick lit. Looking forward to reading David Copperfield.

3. Catching up with a friend you haven’t seen in months is always great.

4. I’ve been reminded how much I love classical music.

5. There are very few things that can beat getting good news.

6. All you can eat sushi is deceiving, try as you might there is only so much you can eat.

7. Summer is here and I’ve realised how much I miss surfing.

8. Learning German is much more difficult than learning Italian.

9. I miss sleeping in and getting up late on weekends.

10. There are more similarities amongst people than there are differences.


Less than half a bucket

I am proud to say that I am able to try new things even if it scares the crap outta me. This has allowed me to tick so many things off my bucket list. Click on below links to read about some of my experiences. My bucket is getting rusty so I definitely need to start adding new things to do onto my list.



Sushi classes


Indoor Rock climbing

Pole dancing


Bikram Yoga

Learnt to speak Italian – not because of eat, pray, love, give me a little more credit than that. And I am still learning.

I am currently learning how to ride a motorbike – more about this soon, keep watching this space.

adventures, Life, surfing, Uncategorized

Surf’s up

One of the Extreme Angels actvities included a surfing lesson and we were all amped. Even though Muizenberg is apparently shark city and that black flag almost never makes it down. Which is not helping me get over my fear of the ocean.

 My first time getting into a wetsuit was hard, it’s like a mini workout. Do it 10 times and you would have lost 600kj.

Our teacher looked like a typical surfer dude tall, skinny, bleached blonde hair and sunkissed skin.

We took to the water after he briefed us on all the tips and warnings. And he was in the water to guide us and push us into waves.

I fell in love with surfing instantly and after being in the water for 10 minutes I knew I wanted to do this again and I did.

A few months after this lesson I signed up for the 4 month surf programme with Roxy Surf school for girls in Muizenberg and I haven’t looked back. After getting my own wetsuit I am now saving up for my own board (either a longboard or minimal) as I am still busy learning.

I can’t describe the feeling you get when you catch that wave that is only something a fellow surfer can relate to. Just know this that it is awesome!!!

I just wanna add one more thing – a big thanks to my friend Taryn who never said no to anything I suggested – its great having a buddy you can do cool stuff with.