“The energy of the mountain is so powerful that you cannot live on its slopes without resonating with it, otherwise, discord will manifest in your life.”

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“The earth has 12 major energy centers consisting of eight chakras and four spinner wheels, each relating to one of the four elements earth, air, fire and water. Each spinner wheel has a particular purpose and Table Mountain is the earth wheel and is said to nurture and sustain, and to generate light.
All centres of earth energy are reputed to be excellent places for meditating. That is why so many people find themselves wanting to come to Cape Town – subconsciously they know that this is a holy place. The energy of the mountain is so powerful that you cannot live on its slopes without resonating with it, otherwise, discord will manifest in your life.” Source

I did not know it to be possible, but it just so happened that we slept on top of Table Mountain. The hike was crazy windy, we had to stay low and hold the plants to not fly out. Having enjoyed the 20-40 degrees past months, the sudden and major change of climate felt weird & cold. Being inside a cloud, we ran to the lake and dipped to the water. It truly felt like being on another planet.

 

Nothing felt better afterwards that going inside, sitting in front of the fire, sipping tea, eating dinner in front of fire and talking for hours. This might sound like another night, but far away form my normal night in Cape Town. For months, it has been too hot to sleep well. I prefer the mornings and especially time after sunsets more as you are more energised without the heat. Change in environment was again key to learn to appreciate the warmth and comfort of home. I felt like I saw Cape Town with new eyes this morning, feeling magical picking up my morning smoothie and observe the busyness of the city. It is crazy how much can happen in 14 hours.

“Can’t I stay a little longer? I’m so happy here.”

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For some reason I didn’t have any expectations of Lion’s Head, thinking that it can not be better than Table Mountain and our spot at Fresnaye Heights. Once again, I’m glad I have people around me who actually start checking things from bucket list and make things happen. We did the hike in say 45 minutes, just in time for sunset. As it was full moon, there were people up there but not too much. We found a great spot by climbing a bit further.

Overlooking Cape Town from this spot, I concluded that for me, Cape Town is the most beautiful city. The Table Mountain so close, coated with clouds reflected by sunlight, flowing towards the ground. The waves crashing to Clifton and Camps Bay and hilly roads below. Twelve Apostles standing there reflected by the sunlight, sun melting to the sea. This light before and after sunset makes the entire city feel magical. It cannot be explained, but I know I’ll miss these moments.

The point was to wait for the full moon after sunset. It is as impressive to move to the other side of the cliff to wait for the moon and see the lights of the city turn on. Cape Town often feels small in everyday life, but this is when you realise how huge it is. The lights of Khayelitsa, the township, reach all the way from Cape Town to Stellenbosch, and has almost 2 million inhabitants.

We didn’t have the patience to wait for what would’ve required an hour or two waiting for the moon to reach up. We did see it on our way down – it was huge and red, like super moon. Next time we will take a picnic and spend hours there to get the full experience. For now, this was beyond expectations.

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.

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I never thought I’d develop such a relationship for surfing, especially here in the waters with sharks, but it happened. I crave for the Ocean, catching the waves and developing my surfing skills. Even if the conditions are more often too rough than favourable, every session makes me feel more free and connected to the earth. Surfing for me is the best form of exercising – you have to be totally present, dependent on how the earth has decided to serve you the waves on this particular day.

 
I don’t know if it’s my new wetsuit, new beach with easier waves (Muizenberg), or simply making progress, but I can finally actually surf on the waves. I always loved going out there, but it was often more about surviving through the waves.  Though I know the self-confidence I have now might change and your performance is dependent on so many things, I now feel like I am able to take the wave as it comes and choose to stand up and surf. This feeling makes all the inconvenience related to surfing (driving and sitting in traffic mostly;) so worth it. The Ocean really makes you realise how small you are, and how little you can control. For me, surfing and yoga are the best forms of therapy for the mind and body. There’s no way you can come out of the Ocean and not feel more free, more happy than before going there.

 

In Cape Town, the best spots for beginners are Big Bay and Muizenberg, in Stellenbosch, Strand. I also look forward surfing at Clifton, Lladudno, Hout Bay… one day 😉

Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.

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Christmas started with a pool party at Hout Bay, overlooking Chapmans Peak. Such a stunning view I could easily stare every day. 

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December this year is all about enjoying this stunning city and its surroundings with dear friends from home. I got another missed visitor here on Christmas Eve. We’ve known each other with Valma for years but as she lives in London, we never got the chance to become too close. I’ve always admired her outgoing and super social yet hardworking character. She was the youngest I knew to graduate and start her career in London years ago. Her attitude and persona takes her to adventures which I love to hear. Last May, we had a rare encounter when she had flown home for the weekend for our two dear friends’ graduation party. At the dance floor of Pörssiklubi, while singing and dancing along with Chandelier and saxo tunes, I wanted to hear update from London life as always. I told her of my next destination, and we agreed she should visit. She flew back to London the next day, and texted me Monday morning if she can book flights. That’s my kind of way to handle things 😉

Now she’s here and what a better way to get to know each other better. I always knew we have quite a similar mindset. I admire her on many things – she’s done a lot at such a young age and is my definition of a career woman who knows how to enjoy life to the fullest. She also makes me inspired of living in London at some point. I was prepared for everything for our ten days here, but I’ve been really happy to see how she enjoyes the active and healthy lifestyle I try to live here. Our days have been filled with yoga, barre, hiking, surfing… Eating healthily yet enjoying the steaks this country does the best. We both share the dream of combining a healthy lifestyle that is easy to live in Cape Town, yet living in a European city where you can walk around and enjoy the excitement of a big city.

 

Our Christmas was nothing but traditional, yet cozy anyway. Christmas Eve dinner was grilled ostrich at Black Sheep. I still swear for this place, also the tomato goat cheese salad, a lot of red wine and chocolate brownie make a perfect meal. We headed to Kloof Street house for drinks afterwards – such a cozy bar making me feel like I jumped back in time to historical Paris or New York. I’ll definitely come back here.

 

On Christmas Day we hiked up Table Mountain. I’m very proud of my Londoner, we did the hike in 1h 3min which I can say is quite a good time for a first timer. Dinner took place at Carne SA, which is a safe bet for a meat lover. We can recommend the fillet with various sauces, and safari game platter for those who want to try South African specialties. I love the interior and atmosphere and the food is over the top quality for the price.

 

We took a barre class this morning, and are soon heading to Kirstenbosch to enjoy a picnic at the botanical garden. Later we’ll hike up Lion’s Head to see the sunset and then enjoy the city lights in the light of full moon. Hope everyone have had happy holidays ❤

 

xxx

 

Live for the little things, they will make you realise that they are what life is about. This is what it means to feel alive.

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I met Leeni last Summer at Jenna’s bootcamp, and we quickly learned that we share similar interests and mindset. She is here in South Africa for few weeks now with her husband so we met up for lunch at Plant cafe, a new spot for me. Their raw pasta with avocado, basil, cucumber dressing and tomatoes was divine, as well as the chocolate brownie… I need to take A and others here asap as well. Was really good catching up with Leeni and we’ve shared many more lunches since. I also got a million dollar tip from her and headed to Rip Curl store to “just take a look”. As said, I’ve been hoping to a miracle happen and find myself with an own wetsuit and board to be able to join A for surfing at closely beaches. Well, I tried on a wetsuit and I immediately knew that this is the one.

It fit perfectly and is the thickest possible with an inside ‘fur’ as the Atlantic Ocean is freezing, and as a cherry on top it was on great discount already. After a quick calculation with the (extremely weak) rand exchange rates, I decided that this is the best possible Christmas present I can give for myself. I was a bit nervous of the feedback I’ll get at home of the spontaneous purchase without consultation, but it proved to be unnecessary worry. As we have some plans to hit the Atlantic coast at Norway later this spring, I also made sure that my suit is suitable for the ice water. Wifey, what’s the status of your suit? 😉

The next morning we hit Bloubergstrand for AM surf. I’m still very much a beginner, the waves were quite huge but I enjoyed the ocean as always. I simply loved to wetsuit as well. So warm too. Afterwards we headed to Oranjezicht market for breakfast with Leeni and Paul, A and Pia stayed for another surf session. This market… Everything a health foodie can hope for. Choosing a cake among the most delicious healthy option was the toughest choice I had to make. I went for chocolate quinoabanana cake and brought a chocolate brownie home. Both were divine and even mr liked the sugar and gluten free version. Me happy 😉

xxx

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.”

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Yesterday we were sitting on a rock below Lion’s Head, overlooking a view of Twelve Apostles on the left, Atlantic Ocean on the right and lights of Camps Bay and Clifton in front of us. This view is simply breathtaking and I will most likely spend sunset after another sitting here on a rock and staring the sun melting to the ocean.
We had agreed to meet up here with Arne and his sister for sunset (19.54) as they were coming straight from a surf. Well, we were both too late, they even more leaving me there alone on a cliff. But there was no way I could be mad for a surfer who wanted to catch one last good wave.
Sitting there on a huge rock, watching the waves hit the beach on the spot he had just surfed, we realised something. We are living our dream now. A always had the dream of surfing but he didn’t see how it could be combined with a career in law in Europe. Well, he figured out a way, even if only for a year for now. This day was special as we had just left Stellenbosch behind and settled down in Cape Town. Now he can go for a surf using same amount of time than gym would take. Though I’m not AS ambitious with surfing, this period is very special time of my life indeed. Every day I step out of the door, I can’t help but smiling when I realise where I am. Cape Town is breathtaking and it offers so much to explore. I am every day grateful of the freedom I have right now, and on the other hand that I have someone special to share my everyday life with. And though life feels especially amazing right now, I’m not worried of its impermanency. This period is very special time of my life, but I believe life will only get better. Its a matter of mindset.
I realised this yet again the next morning while doing a vinyasa class. Chelsey encouraged me to think what I value the most in life. It is people and experiences that make life worth living, not possessions. I believe not only for me but for everyone. For me this means gratitude towards the people I share my life here with, but also knowing that most of my loved ones and friends are in Europe. And though South Africa is stunning and inspiring, so is many other places in this world, including my home city. I recommend doing this yoga class in yogaglo.com (called What Do You Value Most?), you might just feel very inspired and grateful after.

Enjoy your Sunday night and Christmas time ❤ I am home alone since I don’t remember when. Though I love sharing home with someone, these rare moments are much needed for a person like me who easily gets overwhelmed and needs time to reflect 😉

P.S. I love searching quotes for my post titles from my pinterest archives – this time I didn’t have to search for long as I spotted something that I liked in the feed. I then noticed that it was tagged by Satu – we often share some sort of mind connection and similar mindset, though at times physically world apart. 🙂

Collect moment not things.

 

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Overture’s balcony at Hidden Valley

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Dim Sum at Haiku

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Black Sheep is my number 1 restaurant in Cape Town. Have taken all my visitors here and will take. 🙂 The ostrich fillet is incredible every time. Will keep coming back here every time I manage to get a booking…

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This place gives me goosebumbs, so much it reminds me of Brooklyn and New York. The food is divine and vibes are great. My top1 breakfast spot in Cape Town.

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These sunset keep taking my breath away… The light half an hour before sunset is my favourite moment of the day. 

 

Yesterday I took Satu to the airport, and headed to Stellenbosch myself to return my keys. The past days were memorable, we definitely made a full Cape Town experience. We hiked up and down the Table Mountain, ate in The Black Sheep and Haiku (must tries! eat ostrich in black sheep and thai panang beef curry or beijing duck in haiku) and witnessed yet again stunning sunsets. As tourists, we also drove a day around Cape Town with the Hop on Hop off bus, from city centre to Kirstenbosch and to Constantia wine tour, and back via the scenic route pass Lladudno and Camps Bay. I recommend this as a way to get around and see the city in one day.

 

Though I had to let my wifey go, I was happy to do this as I know how much she loves Christmas at home. I will greet Christmas by hitting the waves, doing yoga, decorating our new flat and baking something that reminds me of Finland. And very soon welcoming another missed visitor. ❤ Sadly I also have to, friend after friend say goodbye to people I’ve spent the last semester with and who are flying home to Europe for Christmas. Also, there are some dear Finns here right now that I want to catch up with at least once. Happy by all this flow of people and luckily it will continue like this for the next weeks as well.

 
Now I’m continuing with my essay for competitive intelligence, and then heading to see the sunset to my favourite spot. Arne and his sister will come there straight from a surf at Clifton. I couldn’t join as they don’t hire boards at this beach. My motivation for buying a board is only increasing every day…. Maybe a Christmas present for myself? 😉

Enjoy the Christmas time to the fullest wherever you are ❤