24 Hours in Cape Town, Like a Local (Not Just a Tourist)

This morning, a friend of mine announced that she has two truths:  she quit her job AND she is on her way to Thailand!  Woo hoo!    What an awesome Friday she must be having, and in a few days she will likely have the best Monday in recent years.

Well, this reminded me that I need to publish the first part in my series about South Africa!  We are planning a trip a couple months from now (say prayers, and I am not at all looking forward to the 26 hours in a plane with a 1 year old. Needless to say, this is not exactly a “vacation.”)  BUT we are definitely looking forward to our trip, it will just be a bit different this time around!

Let me begin by saying I LOVE CAPE TOWN.  Like, I have a serious love affair with that town.  It reminds me so much of San Diego with the giant mountainous look of Palm Springs, except everyone has sexy South African accents (and you don’t have the geriatrics that come with PS).

I saw an article yesterday entitled “Things to do when you have 24 hours in Cape Town!”  and I thought the list was pretty crappy.  So I decided to make my own!

***FUN FACT*** everyone drives on the left side of the road in South Africa, AND what seems like 99% of cars are manual.  If either of these is a problem for you, then don’t bother renting a car and use Uber instead!***

  1.   First Things First! Get Coffee at Truth Coffee.  OMG this is the coolest freaking place.  It’s like that crazy, quirky Aunt of coffee shops complete with a steampunk vibe and a bathroom I literally got lost/stuck in.   Not only is the coffee strong enough to get your day going with a bang, since most people down there drink coffee-flavored water instant coffee, but the food there is pretty awesome, as well.  #freewifi

    Truth Coffee. Cape Town, South Africa

    Truth Coffee. Cape Town, South Africa

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The Giant Effing Gondola

2.  Take the giant effing 360 degree  gondola up to the top of Table Mountain.  Get your tickets online in advance, and show up immediately when they open.  This especially applies if you’re going in December, when everyone and their grandmother is on “holiday” in South Africa.  That way you will get parking, the top won’t be too crowded, and you can get some kickass views of 12 Apostles, Robben Island, Lion’s Head, and the entire city of Cape Town below.   Try not to pick any flowers or try to  fit one of the cute little dussies in your purse.  Also, bring a sweater (you can call it a jersey to fit in better with all the South Africans.)

 

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On Top of Table Mountain, 12 Apostles are right behind us.

3.  Get back in the car, take off that bulky sweatshirt, and HEAD TO THE BEACH.  Straight at the bottom of the 12 Apostles is a super cool beach part of Cape Town called Camp’s Bay.  Here, you can hang out on the beach for a while, take a dip in the ocean, and then go grab a few drinks at one of the many eateries and bars there on the strip.  Cafe Caprice is the place all the boets from Jozi and celebrities go when they are in town.   It’s great people watching!

Champagne Toasting at 12 Apostles Hotel

Champagne Toasting at 12 Apostles Hotel

 

4.  12 Apostles Hotel – go have lunch/champagne/early snacky dinner/whatever you want to call it on their outdoor restaurant patio, overlooking the ocean and the other side of Lion’s Head.  This is one of my absolute FAVOURITE places on earth so far.  I swear they give you like 12 different toppings for your 5-star curry dinner.  My husband liked his steak so much, I thought he was going to leave me and marry it instead.

He really LOVED that steak.

He really LOVED that steak

5.  Head to the Bo Kaap area and Bree Street for some nightlife and to hang out with the locals.  Get a feel for what Cape Town is all about, instead of the same old touristy stuff.  You can do all that when you naturally extend your trip, since you’ve fallen in love with CT after doing all the things I mentioned above.  Bo Kaap is near Long Street, one of the famous streets in CT.  Long Street can be a bit dangerous at times, so watch your back and your backpack.   Bree Street is a super cool up-and-coming area with all the best new restaurants and spots.  You can do some shopping, enjoy the nightlife, get your boogie on, and grab a some late night food.

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Wow I’m ready for it already!   If you’ve been to Cape Town before, what are your favorite places?

 

 

 

 

The Freedom Challenge Finale, a week late but for good reason.

You may remember the Procrastination and Overwhelm subject I wrote about during this 10 day
challenge, culminating in my resolution to dedicate at least 1-3 hours/day to my new business idea.  This is an idea I’ve had for the past year or so, due to my obsession with my husband’s former career and my affinity to ever flipping episode of Below Deck.  Hey yachties, if it makes you feel better, Captain Lee and Chef Ben are my favorites.   (Not some of those famewhore wackjobs they picked up off the street. I’m talking to you, Rocky, Beef-Cheeks-Leon, and #TrevorTheSeniorDeckhand)    PS, if you are currently a yachtie or wish to get into the business, visit  My Yacht Squad and sign up to get all the latest info!

Well, I’m happy to say, that’s the reason why this particular blog challenge entry is a few days tardy to the party.  Also, I found out that the free trip to Bali had already been given away, so I wasn’t really all that motivated to prioritize this entry in front of all the progress I was making on MYS.  (Shhhhhh.)

WHAT I ENJOYED MOST about this blog challenge, is that it made me start something I’ve been thinking about for years, but was more or less afraid to do.  I mean, why would anyone care what I have to say?  This Freedom Challenge really made me step out there and get comfortable with it, and it gave me a lot of direction.  Also, creative activities tend to let me unwind a little more productively and longterm than just drinking Pineapple Sculpin and mimosas during my time off.

I’ve created so many more goals and have stuck with them.  It’s funny the domino effect that happens!   Bikini bod should be here sometime by mid-fall, just in time to cover it with sweaters and…sit on the couch watching TV for three months —wait a minute!  what the f^&*%!   Bad timing on my part.  Unless…there’s no such thing as bad timing, and we just move to a warmer place for the winter like a family of Canadian snowbirds chasing the summertime 95 miles an hour down the Florida Turnpike.

You’ve seen them before, don’t you act like I’m the alone in this observation.  Those grannies can really haul some ass!

MY FAVORITE CHALLENGE DAY was coming to terms with reasons behind procrastination and overwhelm.  This one is my favorite, because I set my intention for MYS (the new business).  Rather than continue to ignore it like a huge elephant in the room, simply because I don’t know how it will materialize.  I’m not a coder.  I’m hardly technologically gifted – we have 4 remotes, and I’m pretty sure my 9 month old knows how to work them better than I do.  However, creating my Wanderslut blog and learning some of the basics about WordPress has really made the other project not so daunting.  This challenge has been great training wheels, which I didn’t realize until I started back at it again.

The biggest takeaway from this whole experience is to really think about what I want and have clear goals about it. Too often, I focus on the big picture and where I want to be work-wise, lifestyle-wise, etc.  This makes my head spin and I end up just avoiding it and finding something more fun to do.  So breaking it out into small steps, even if it is as simple as this 10-day challenge, is really the key for me.   I’m amazed at what I have accomplished and learned in the last 2 weeks, it is really incredible.

So next steps:  we have booked tickets to go to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, to preliminarily launch this new website.  (pun intended, wheeeeee)  It’s just too important to pass up, not to mention super fun with superyachts!

This gives me a hard deadline for having the website functional enough to begin promoting it, which is holding me accountable to make all the steps come together between now and then.    I’m really productive under pressure.  I’m also a bit bat-shit crazy at times while under pressure, but hey – it adds a little mystery to the old relationship.

Speaking of bat-shit crazy:  This deadline also gives me something to focus on besides this Godforsaken election coming up.  I mean, COME ON.  These two jokers are the best we can do?  *facepalm*

Cape Town, South Africa

Also, we have booked another trip to South Africa over the Christmas holidays to visit the family.  To ramp up our excitement and share the journey, my goal is to do a weekly series on the beautiful country.  Sharing some of the highlights from our previous trips, including what
wineries to go to, where to find the best curry, and how to say certain swear words in Afrikaans!

Stay Tuned!  And thank you for your support and feedback on my blogs so far.  I had no idea anyone else would enjoy it as much as I have, too.  Cheers!