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

 

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 ❤