I LOVE old stuff, I really do. I love to take my imagination back to a time so long gone, that our current lifestyle, the way we live, what we do, the way we speak, seem bizarre.
It’s with this sentiment in mind that I introduce my latest Weekend Getaway Pick – GP Canitz Guest Cottage in Stellenbosch. It was originally used as an art studio by renowned Stellenbosch painter and late farm owner George Paul Canitznow and now boasts a truly authentic vineyard guest house. It is not often that you find a guest house that manages to maintain (what I imagine to be) it’s original personality and I really felt like I was still in that time. A gander through the old books on the bookshelf and the art on the walls solidifies the experience.
I wanted to lock myself up inside with the fireplace roaring, a good ol’ book and a bottle of Muratie’s iconic wines, after a long soak in this big ol’ beautiful bath. So I did.
The best news is that it’s now officially off-peak season, so you can get this little winter hideaway for a steal (R750 per night).
You know I LOVE telling you about awesome finds, guys, and this is one of them…
Meetup is a website for people to, well, meet. No, it is not a dating site, it’s not dodgy and there are no Tinder vibes (I’ve got a story or two for you on that, for another day). It’s a place for people with the same interests to meet up and do that stuff that they are all interested in.
It’s casual and easy and you know you’ll get along with the people you meet because you like doing the same kind of stuff. And it’s free!
I joined in order to find a casual hiking group to feed my current outdoors hunger and have explored the crap out of my first 2 months in my new city, with just one meetup group – it’s mad. It’s only the tip of the iceberg and there is so much going on to get involved with, I’m not sure I can cope with all the choice.
That’s just what I’m into at the moment. There is something for everybody – check it out. I think my next event is a mountain bike through a game reserve. What? Okay.
Cape Town is the ultimate tourist attraction of South Africa, let’s face it. I moved here to have more of an active and healthy lifestyle and actually had no idea how much there is to do in this remarkable ‘holiday heaven’. It’s unreal. It’s so overwhelming and the opportunities are endless.
So a good place to start is to do a proper tourist activity, like the Red Bus Tour (currently operating in Cape Town and Johannesburg). It gives you an idea of the ‘lay of the land’, tells you all about the history behind the areas and places you pass and visit, gives you the freedom to hop off and on wherever you please and you can tweet while you’re being driven around 😉
A friend and I put it to the test over the weekend and had SUCH an awesome time.
We only did one day, but could easily have spent two days on the tour. The museums alone can take you an entire day, if you’re really keen on delving into Cape Town and South Africa’s history. If you’re bored of the commentary, you can listen to it in a bunch of different languages – maybe a bit of French for some #LetMeBeFrench inspiration?
I don’t think I need to tell you all about the richness of Cape Town’s history, architecture, nature, and culture. It is something you should experience for yourself!
We so often lose sight of the adventures right on our doorstep. Don’t be that guy. You know the one – who sits on the couch and moans about life. Be a tourist in your own town and be proud of the place that you choose to live – EVERYTHING is an adventure.
Shut up, Cape Town, you’re blowing my mind.
So I did it, dear readers, I emigrated to Cape Town. From Johannesburg. Yes, emigrated, because I feel like I am in a different country here. I hear people talking in the streets and think ‘Ah – some other South Africans around here’ and then realise what a stupid statement that is because I am in South Africa. Candice, you dork.
It’s been a long road and I had to knyp and wingle and wangle for a few months to make the change and the journey – perhaps too much, but that’s all okay now.
Why did I do it? So many people have asked me this question and a multitude of others in the past few months, so let me gather all the questions and answers into one post.
I’ve lived in Joburg most of my life. I’ve done it, I’ve seen it, I got bored. I am by no means putting Joburg down, I just want a change and a different lifestyle – I’m asking Cape Town to give that to me. I don’t understand this rivalry between Cape Town and Joburg, really. They’re two different COUNTRIES, man, right? I don’t appreciate the looks of contempt that I got when announcing my big move. The responses ranged from “I’m so jealous, you’re so lucky” to “Traitor”, “You know the weather’s shit, right?” and “Cape Town people don’t make friends”.
Can I just say a big WTF? Luck has nothing to do with it, my friends. I decided what I wanted and then strategised and worked my butt off to get it. I don’t recall pledging allegiance to a city that no longer makes me happy and correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m sitting here in the warm sunshine while you’re busy swimming through the traffic day in and day out (yeah okay, winter is a different story, but I think you get my drift – it’s what you make of it, really). I also find it difficult to believe that there is a bunch of people out there who don’t want friends. There are Cape Town folk who I am connected to on Twitter who have offered to help me move (who I have never even met), while my Joburg friends are still ‘promising’ to come help me pack 3 months ago.
No, I am not running away from anything. No, I did not go through a trauma or have my heart broken by a douchebag. I am running towards a dream and a life that I’ve always wished for. It may not be here, but there is only one way to find out, right?
Hello Cape Town – here’s to a long and fruitful relationship.