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

 

I like to surround myself with creative people. They love life in such a contagious way that is often hard to put into words.

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The past week I
– Served my first tables at Rust En Vrede. Best part of my job are the conversations with customers who have without exceptions been lovely so far. I especially love hearing their stories from Scandinavia and tell them more about Finland (Northern Lights is a hot topic)
– Gave my strategic consultation whether implementing another production line was a wise choice or not for the brand Double O  😉 One of my advise is naturally that consumer behaviour is shifting away from soft drinks into healthier options – U.S. serves as a great example where decline in demand has continued now 10 years in row. It is only matter of time when African consumers become more conscious consumers as well
– Ditched studies for few hours to enjoy a romantic afternoon date in the Botanical Garden, hidden in the middle of Stellenbosch Uni campus
– Had an amazing steak dinner in Carne in Cape Town. Simply an unique experience for people who appreciate great service and meat. PJ and I shared 5 different kinds of African birds and lamb ravioli with fries, broccoli, spinach, salad, mushroom sauce…. And though the food is better than you can dream of, the chocolate fondant with ice cream is actually my favourite dish. Description cannot be put to words.
– Danced all night on Thursday night in a house party with 100 of our closest friends. I can’t believe I didn’t know these people less than 6 weeks ago.
– Sweated my ass off twice at hot yoga
– Spent a relaxing Saturday at Spier Wine Estate with PJ. She went to see TedX talks, I sat on a bridge over a river and enjoyed the pleasure of not having to do absolutely anything
– Partied all night in Cape Town with roomies. We went to Orphanege and Village Idiot, which became perhaps my favourite bar ever. Great vibes and felt like being back in New York
– Hangover drive to Hout Market with a convertible, passing Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and along the beautiful coastline of Cape Town. What a beautiful city
– Enjoyed my first home cooked meal in South Africa by PJ’s cousin – so delicious I decided it’s time for me to start using our lovely kitchen at home 😉
 Can’t wait what this week will bring… Have a great one lovelies ❤