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


10 Things I have learnt this week

Me on a 150cc bike

1. I am now able to stop making lame excuses for not exercising.

2. I am a quick learner.

3. Cold ice-cream can cause a numb tongue and slurred speech.

4. Beautiful views are particularly distracting when one has to study.

5. What good is a pencil without an eraser? Let me tell you – it’s no good.

6. Four day weeks are awesome – so take Friday’s off.

7. It’s amazing how you can go from dreading something one minute to finding that same thing exhilirating.

8. I am becoming allergic to naps – this is worrisome.

9. I have a mild case of climacophobia – fear of falling down stairs or up and don’t laugh this has happened to me – true story.

10. Even the smallest achievement/success is a major confidence booster.


Let’s pretend

So what do we do when we can’t go travelling just yet? We pretend we are travelling. So let’s be tourists in our own city and appreciate the beauty, history and architecture all around us. Let’s carry our cameras with us all the time so that we can take pictures whenever we need to. So with camera in hand you can complete your tourist look by wearing sturdy sandals with socks, a moonbag around your waist, pointing at random things and having a perpetual lost look on your face. I almost made it onto the cable car to Table Mountain this weekend but the windy weather was working against me and all rides were suspended and then cancelled. I did manage to take some pictures while we were waiting and hoping that we might still be able to see the city at sunset.

Hard to believe this is what the cable car used to look like – even more scary was that I rode it years ago, sure looks safe.

Now its fancy, round and has a moving platform to give you a 360 degree view of the city.

 Cape Town City from above – if I squint hard enough I think I can see where I work

Lion’s Head

Signal Hill (or fondly known by the locals as the lions rump)

Devil’s Peak (3 peaks that’s meant to resemble the Devils’ pitchfork)

 Better luck next time


It’s not hard to see why we made it onto the list

The provisional results are out and Table Mountain is one of the new 7 wonders of nature – let’s hope we make it onto the final list once all voting results are in.

I live and work in Cape Town and Table Mountain is the first thing I see everyday when I leave my house. Even after almost 30 years I still never get tired of looking at it. May I never be one of those people who forget look at its splendour and beauty.


10 Things I have learnt this week

  1. I relish the early morning silence before the world wakes up.
  2. Sometimes there is nothing better than having breakfast for supper.
  3. If there is any one thing you don’t like about your life then change it – but please just stop complaining.
  4. Sacrifices must be made if you want to pursue your dreams.
  5. Writing a book is harder than I had anticipated.
  6. It’s a blessing to be able to walk out my front door and see Table Mountain.
  7. I can now ‘pick up’ an Italian man in fluent Italian (well, semi-fluent).
  8. It’s impossible to predict the weather in Cape Town.
  9. I’m not as patient as I would like to believe I am.
  10. Rainy weather, a blanket and a good book are still a few of my favourite things.

What the hell? There’s a mountain in the city?!

Not many people can say that they live in a city surrounded by a mountain and the sea. I feel extremely fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cape Town as been voted one of the best places to travel to on numerous occasions. I think it’s amazing that I am able to walk outside my front door and am able to see the mountain from where I live.

Cape Townians are generally very laid-back some say too laid-back but we are also very friendly and hospitable. The great thing about living here is that there is always something to do. From the scenic wine routes along Stellenbosch to Cape Point where the 2 oceans meet to our beautiful beaches where one can surf, kayak and if you love the mountains there’s hiking, abseiling and no trip to Cape Town will be complete without taking the cable car up to Table Mountain.

It’s not just a destination for someone who loves the outdoors we also have vibrant night life where you can club hop working your way along the famous Long street. Lots of live bands and comedic performances across the city as we have a plethora of talent. Cape Town is also home to many museums, art galleries, flea markets (don’t forget to check out the antique flea market close to Long Street) and many boutique stores. Be sure to visit the Neighbourhood market at Old Biscuit Mill in Lower Woodstock.

So if you’ve never been here start planning that trip and if you already live here don’t miss out on all that Cape Town has to offer.